Learn how to make your own shark week fins and cupcake wrappers for Shark Week!
This Sunday, Shark Week kicks off on tv and that seems like the perfect reason to celebrate with cupcakes and a fun activity for kids to make. These cupcakes are perfect not only for shark week, but also for beach themed parties this summer.
Actually, I totally forgot Shark Week was coming until I happened to browse FlightAware.com and noticed the red shark icons instead of the usual airplane icon. Yikes! What is that!!! (Not to mention the poor vector he was on.)
But alas, no worries…it’s just Southwest Air’s little inside joke this time of year.
Anyway, on to how to create the adorable little shark fins.
I know you’re thinking that it’s cute and all, but you just don’t have time for that, however, it’s really so much easier and faster than you think. I even timed myself to show you. From start to finish, it took me 20 minutes total. 20 minutes! That includes the 5 minutes it took for me to find where-on-earth my favorite icing spreader was. (Even though any old spatula would do. I’m just OCD like that) I do keep my mixer right out on the counter, so that does help. I find that if it’s already out, I’m so much more inclined to actually use it. Not much earns it’s constant keep on my countertop, but the KitchenAid mixer does! And I did already have the fins stencil already cut out. I forgot to time myself there, but if you already know your way around a CAMEO, it’s really just a few minutes of effort. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Read my full disclosure policy here for more details. As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started
- The cutting file you’ll find FREE in my Resource Library. You can get the password for the Resource Library by filling out the form at the bottom of this post.
- Stencil Material. I use this one for all my cookie stencils and it works great!
- Royal Icing. You can use my recipe, also in the Resource Library.
- Black Gel Food Coloring. I use this one.
- Parchment Paper
- Something to spread the icing with, such as a spatula
First, download the free cutting file for the shark fins.
Bring the file into your CAMEO design window. Load your mat with the stencil material. I used Grafix Clear Craft Plastic in .007 thickness. Adjust your cut settings to match the material you are using. For the Grafix, I used blade 7, speed 2, force 33, passes 3. It cut like a dream!
Next, mix up a batch up Royal Icing.
You’ll find my recipe in the FREE Resource Library. You can get the password for the Library by filling out the form at the bottom of this post. Scoop out a small portion of it and tint it black. For a dozen cupcakes, you only need about 1/2 cup of icing. A little goes a long way for this project. Put away the rest of the untinted icing for another project later. You can save it in a ziplock baggie in the freezer for several months.
Fins to the Left, Fins to the Right
Place your stencil on top of the parchment paper. With a spatula, spread the black icing on the stencil. Lay it on thick so the fins won’t be too fragile. Be sure to hold the stencil still.
Lift the stencil and you’re left with adorable little shark fins!
Let them dry on the parchment overnight and they will lift right off. I usually move the entire parchment sheet to a cookie sheet so I can place it out of the way while it dries.
Now, on to the cupcake wrappers.
Here’s what you’ll need.
Download the cut file and bring it into your CAMEO design area. Load the paper of your choice. Don’t forget to adjust the cut settings to reflect the paper you’re using and it is NOT still set on the stencil settings. Since my paper was rather thick, I used the settings for “Cardstock, Plain.”
I use my Silhouette CAMEO to do all of my cutting, but you can replicate what you see here cutting by hand! Even the fins. That said, if you have been curious about a cutting machine for a while, I can tell you it is without a doubt the best crafting tool I’ve ever used.
The Final Cupcake
Grab your cupcake. Wrap the wrapper around it. There is a slot for it to connect, but if your cupcakes are smaller, just attach it with tape instead, or cut another slot with scissors. Top if off with a fin and you’ve got the cutest cupcake that even a shark would love!
I took some over to my neighbor’s house and judging from the hugs I got, I think the Shark Week Cupcakes were a hit!
If you make Shark Week cupcakes, I’d LOVE to see a picture of it. Please post it to my Facebook page or email me at [email protected] and I’ll post it for you.
FREE CUT FILES FOR SHARK WEEK FINS AND CUPCAKE WRAPPERS
Get the password for the Library with the free svg cut files for the fins and wrappers by filling out the form below.