repurpose pool noodle: pretend cupcakes

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That title drums up ideas of aliens and creepy things, doesn’t it?  Sorry, I didn’t mean to give you creepy dreams.  Happy thoughts…pool noodle crafts….and!…


It is stinking hot here in the Midwest.  Everything is drooping. Everything is sweating.  Sweat is coming from places I didn’t know could sweat.  Things are drooping I didn’t know could droop.  It is toooo darn hot to make cupcakes.  So…bye, that’s all folks!

Just kidding. I am a girl of my word.  I said cupcake week. So, gosh darn…we are having cupcakes!!  I just had to be…creative. Yep, that’s it.  Truth is…many years ago I remember seeing something similar to this craft.  I don’t know where, it just got filed in my brain for future use. Like today!

Pool noodle cupcake, a great fake-out!  These fake cupcakes are just a ton of fun!

Why yes…those are made from a pool noodle. Crazy, huh!!  They look better in person. And from a bit away they could totally fool you!  My love machine went to get a “strawberry cream” cupcake…wa ha!  Anyways, these are sitting on my dining room table looking all sweet and lovely.  And teasing, teasing.  Best of all…they won’t droop or melt.  AND they are easy easy easy!!


It really is that simple.

1. You need a pool noodle.

2. Cut it about 3 inches or so.

3. Cut the sides of the top to give you a cupcakey shape.

4. Cut out a fabric circle as big as the top of the noodles…and add about an inch around.

5. Put glue all over it and stick it to the top.

6. Decorate. I used glue, glitter, and a large bead.

The end.

Now I won’t be fired from cupcake week. You all can relax.  And yes, I know this isn’t the same…but it’s better. Really! These have no calories.

Okay, here’s hoping that nasty weather we are supposed to get goes through soon and I can make up some REAL cupcakes. I am feeling like Margarita cupcakes! Yum!

If you want REAL cupcakes, try one of these:

Margarita Cupcakes
Ice Cream Cupcakes
Almond Joy Cupcakes
Firecracker cupcakes
Blackberry Cream Cupcakes

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Jaymi

    July 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    What did you use for the cupcake liner?

    • the Bellie

      July 18, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Those are actually just normal cupcake liners…a cuter version, of course!

  2. Kristen

    July 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    This is so clever and cute! Can’t wait to make these. What a great addition they will be when my daughter and I play tea time. Thanks for the great idea!

  3. Shannah @ Just Us Four

    July 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

    This is a fantastic project! So clever and really super cute.
    Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  4. Jaime ♥ Raising up Rubies

    June 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    ha! so clever! cuteness…thanks for stopping by ♥ much love

  5. Maria

    June 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Oh my goodness these are adorable!!!!!! What a cute idea!!!!

  6. Mindie

    June 27, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Love these!!!

  7. Margaret

    June 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Love those cupcakes. So easy to do yet they look so real! I’ll be making some soon :)

  8. Meegan

    June 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Your cupcakes seriously are adorable! Your creativity has exceeded itself this time :) LOVE it!!

  9. Stacey

    June 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Those are super sweet and they look totally real!
    Stacey :)

  10. {Adventuresdinner}

    June 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

    You are too, too fun! Too hot for baking here too. Hope everybody has their kitchen goodies ready. Totally excited. Also, there is still time to enter the draw for those gorg earrings C:

  11. Bliss

    June 20, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Looks like something I should add to the April Fools feast. You get the Bliss TDC award…….. Too Darn Cute!


  12. Gwen

    June 20, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Some children are either going to be very happy or very mad! Ha! They do look real.

  13. Kirby Carespodi

    June 20, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Okay…how perfect are these for a display in my big honking cloche? I bow to you, madame!

  14. The House at Bluebird Lane

    June 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Your pool noodle cupcakes are FANTASTIC!! In the thumb nail they looked real. :-)

  15. Shannon Fox

    June 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    What do I say to this???

    Umm…”I can’t be your friend anymore because you are to talented and you make me look bad?”

    Oh sorry, I was thinking out loud ;) hehehe

    This is, without a doubt, flipping cuter then cute can be!!!!!!!!
    (with a cherry on top)

    You rock girl. You rock.

  16. Meg @ Nutmeg Place

    June 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Those are too cute!

  17. Debbie

    June 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    See now… THIS is the kind of creative crafting that I just love. I would never have thought to do that with a noodle, but they DO look like cupcakes.

  18. debbie

    June 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    No way! I thought those were real and I was ready to tell you that you linked to the wrong party LOL! Absolutely adorable. You are so clever. Thanks for sharing this fantastic pool noodle idea.

  19. Jill @ Junky Vagabond

    June 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    You had me fooled :)

  20. Shasta Farrar

    June 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Haha, I should have known you would make pool noodle cupcakes. Only during cupcake week…too cool! I like the ‘cupcakey shape’ part :)

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