For his recent birthday celebration at school, my son wanted Mario cupcakes (as in Super Mario Bros.). I searched the internet for some of those plastic character rings that usually top store-bought kid cupcakes, so I could simply add them to the top of the cupcakes I planned to pick up at Sam's. But I couldn't find any with a Mario theme. In fact the only Mario themed cupcake toppers I could find anywhere were on Etsy.com and homemade by a mom with a printer and some craft punches.
So, I got to thinking, I could save my $20 and make some myself.
I searched the Internet for free, printable Mario images. When I found one I liked I copied it and printed a bunch on one page of cardstock paper. Then I just cut them out and glued them onto some yellow construction paper I'd cut into rectangles with some craft scissors. Then I taped the rectangles onto some lollipop sticks I already had.
Pretty easy, free since I used all materials I already had, good enough for 1st graders, and most important -- my boy was happy!! All around a successful craft!
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