DIY wood mermaid cupcake base using your Cricut

Use your cricut to make a wood base for your pull apart cupcakes. See how this mom made a pull apart mermaid tail cake from cupcakes. She used her Cricut and Cricut design space to make her template then cut it out using her Ryobi scroll saw.

Use your Cricut & scroll saw to make a wooden cupcake base in the shape of a mermaid tail

I love throwing birthday parties for my four daughters. I love the excitement in their eyes when they see all the work and thought that’s been put into THEIR big day! I love sitting with them and planning out the details. And when the oldest three were much younger I LOVED making their cakes. As the years have passed though, I found my self getting busier and busier and it was just easier for me to run to Sams club and grab a cake from there.

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But this year when the second oldest was planning her birthday she asked if I would make her cake. I felt so honored. Really? She didn’t want a store bought cake but one that momma made! Seriously bring on the happy tears!

She had been pinning on Pinterest for a couple of months and decided she wanted a MERMAID cake! As soon as she said those words I knew what I was going to do to make that happen… MERMAID PULL APART CUPCAKES! So much easier than an actual cake and less mess on the day of the party. Years and years ago I did a similar one for the oldest daughter when she turned 4. I made pull apart cupcakes in the shape of a 4 and it was ADORABLE and SOOOOOOO easy!

Thank goodness for tools like Cricut and Ryobi, if I didn’t have those then her cake might have turned out a little….less than edible looking lol!

If you want more little girl birthday party inspiration be sure to check out these ADORABLE UNICRON party centerpieces I made using my Cricut too!

Don’t feel like reading the full tutorial? Skip to the bottom to catch the video or go here ——-> MERMAID TAIL CUPCAKE BASE on my YouTube channel

How to make a wood base for pull apart mermaid cupcakes

Use your cricut to make a wood base for your pull apart cupcakes. See how this mom made a pull apart mermaid tail cake from cupcakes. She used her Cricut and Cricut design space to make her template then cut it out using her Ryobi scroll saw.

Here’s what you’ll need

First select your design in CRICUT DESIGN SPACE. If you are like me and create a ton of projects each monthly I highly recommend signing up for CRICUT ACCESS. You will have access to thousands of images, fonts, and projects for a small monthly fee…and it’s SO worth it!

Here’s the mermaid tail I chose in Cricut Access. I just simply searched MERMAID TAIL and chose one that I liked.

Use your cricut to make a wood base for your pull apart cupcakes. See how this mom made a pull apart mermaid tail cake from cupcakes. She used her Cricut and Cricut design space to make her template then cut it out using her Ryobi scroll saw.

I chose the pink one on the bottom row. I really like that this one had some movement in it. But I didn’t really like the white spaces on the mermaid tail. So after I added it to my canvas I used the CONTOUR function to hide those white spaces. I also adjusted the size of the mermaid tail so that it was 11.45” wide. I left the size lock on so that it would adjust the height for me so that everything would be proportionate.

Use your cricut to make a wood base for your pull apart cupcakes. See how this mom made a pull apart mermaid tail cake from cupcakes. She used her Cricut and Cricut design space to make her template then cut it out using her Ryobi scroll saw.

Since I was using cardstock for my stencil and I didn’t have a piece big enough I butted two pieces together and taped the seam so that it would be like one big piece. Feed your mat through your Cricut machine and press GO when the button starts to flash.

Use your cricut to make a wood base for your pull apart cupcakes. See how this mom made a pull apart mermaid tail cake from cupcakes. She used her Cricut and Cricut design space to make her template then cut it out using her Ryobi scroll saw.

I used a piece of scrap 1x12 to make my mermaid tail cupcake base out of. I had some plywood which probably would have worked just as good {and would have been cheaper to use} but I knew I most likely wouldn’t use this again and I wanted my daughter to be able to use it to hang in her room after her party.

Trace your mermaid tail cardstock stencil out on your piece of wood.

Use your cricut to make a wood base for your pull apart cupcakes. See how this mom made a pull apart mermaid tail cake from cupcakes. She used her Cricut and Cricut design space to make her template then cut it out using her Ryobi scroll saw.

Then cut the mermaid tail out using your Ryobi scroll saw. You can use a band saw, and even a jig saw for this step if you don’t have a scroll saw.

Use your cricut to make a wood base for your pull apart cupcakes. See how this mom made a pull apart mermaid tail cake from cupcakes. She used her Cricut and Cricut design space to make her template then cut it out using her Ryobi scroll saw.

Then you want to smooth it out using your Ryobi sander. I used 120 grit sand paper on mine. I also slightly rounded some of the edges so that it wasn’t so pokey.

Use your cricut to make a wood base for your pull apart cupcakes. See how this mom made a pull apart mermaid tail cake from cupcakes. She used her Cricut and Cricut design space to make her template then cut it out using her Ryobi scroll saw.

Add your cupcakes and decorate. I just slapped a little bit of frosting on the bottom of each cupcake to stick them to the board.

Use your cricut to make a wood base for your pull apart cupcakes. See how this mom made a pull apart mermaid tail cake from cupcakes. She used her Cricut and Cricut design space to make her template then cut it out using her Ryobi scroll saw.

. I used a combination of purple, teal, and white for the frosting colors and I didn’t even use any fancy piping tips {I was a little pressed for time lol}. For under $10 I was able to make the cake of her mermaid themed birthday dreams!

. I used a combination of purple, teal, and white for the frosting colors and I didn’t even use any fancy piping tips {I was a little pressed for time lol}. For under $10 I was able to make the cake of her mermaid themed birthday dreams!

Watch the video tutorial below on how to make your own MERMAID TAIL CUPCAKE BASE