Today was crazy hair day at my daughter’s school. Pinterest was obviously the first place I looked for ideas. Many of them were really fun, but my daughter is stubborn AF and didn’t like anything I picked out.
This morning, about 30 minutes before we had to leave, she decided that she wanted cupcakes. Great: buns, cupcake liners…I can do this.
In typical Audrey fashion, things escalated REAL quick. “What if we got cotton balls and made “frosting?” Oh and what if we add a cherry, and SPRINKLES!” My high school friends always make fun of me because I have an ungodly amount of sprinkles. Well who’s laughing now?!
So here I am, unshowered, no bra, trying to make pancakes while gluing Easter sprinkles to a cotton ball and a bobby pin. These are the real moments of motherhood, people. Lucky for me, I worked at a scrapbook store about 15 years ago and Lord knows I kept a lot of that crap for such a time as this.
So here’s a step-by-step guide to the magic of cupcake buns:
Step 1: Grab a pen that is sitting on the counter and use that to part your child’s hair. No matter how gently you do this, you WILL be doing it too hard and you WILL be hurting them. ::eyeroll::
Step 2: Look for the hair ties you just had. They’re over there now? Ok, walk with me over there while I hold your hair. “Mom, you are pulling my hair!!!” Crazy hair day is not going to come without some tumult, but it’ll be worth it.
Step 3: Head to the pantry (or wherever you keep your cupcake liners) and pick out juuuust the right ones to compliment your outfit. Don’t pick the ones your mom chooses, of course, because you can’t let her win. Ever.
Step 4: Cut a quarter-sized hole in the middle of that cupcake liner. It doesn’t have to be perfect because nobody is going to see it.
Step 5: Put both sides of the hair up into two pony tails. If they are uneven, that’s ok. Your daughter will most definitely point it out though.
Step 6: Carefully shove that pony tail of hair through the hole so the long tail is sticking out of the cupcake liner.
Step 7: Now, this is where you have to just go with it and not worry if it looks perfect. Twist and wrap into a cinnamon roll shape. Grab some bobby pins and shove them in there. Again, “Mom you’re huuurrrttttting me!”
Step 8: At this point, the bus will be here in 8 minutes, but press on. Go to the bathroom and grab some cotton balls. Gently pull them apart, then go get your glue gun. Glue some sprinkles and a red pom pom ball on there so it looks like a cherry. I really wanted to find something that resembled a stem, but there was no time.
Step 9: I glued a bobby pin to the back of the cotton ball, but that totally didn’t work, so I added some washi tape. (Do they even let you be a mom if you don’t have washi tape on hand at all times?)
Step 10: This is where you’re going to want to turn off the burner with the pan that has pancakes in it. I skipped this part. Luckily, our house is still standing.
Step 11: Spray with a crap-ton of hairspray and go out into the driveway to take pictures that you can post on the Internet because let’s be honest, that’s the real reason you did this anyway.
So there you have it. Cupcake buns for crazy hair day. Now if you are a better mom than me, you could have prepared all of these supplies days before, but I like to wait until the last minute for dramatic effect.
But look how happy she is!
As you can see, she is very fashionable. Check out my post about when she gave me fashion advice.