DIY CareMoo Cow Crafts + Festive Cupcake Recipe

Due to a plea from one of our favorite cows (Bessie the Holstein), Care2 has become CareMoo for the day. Can you feel the love? Thanks to everyone for the call to action and sweet words via the petition. In order to properly celebrate this momentous occasion, we thought we’d focus on our favorite cow related DIY project and a round up of awesome handmades. Of course, y’all know I won’t pass up the chance to include an awesome cupcake recipe and I’ve found just the perfect one for today!


Debbie from “Life is Sweets” made these adorable cow cupcakes by making simple vanilla cupcakes, and adding a homemade cow face. To make the cow face, she bought pre-made white, black and pink fondant from Michael’s. She used candy eyes and black decorating gel for the snouts.

Debbie used a graduated circle cookie cutter to make the head, the smaller “snout” area and the ears.

She assembled the pieces in this order:

  • Large circle head
  • Pink circle snout pressed onto the head
  • Black spots randomly placed on the head
  • Pressed in the eyes
  • She rolled bits of white fondant to make a “snake” sort of shape for the horns
  • She rolled pink fondant on top of black fondant and then cut circle shapes with a cutter.

She let the cow faces dry overnight, and then made simple vanilla cupcakes. On the cupcakes, she added a dollop of buttercream icing on top, and then pressed a cow on top:

The process took about 2 hours of rolling, cutting, shaping and placement. For more details, visit her blog here: Debbie Sweets

NEXT: Knit a cow! Make a paper cow with your kids!

Are you a knitter? We have a great pattern for yarning up a cutie pie cow. If you’re a novice as far as knitting toys goes, this straightforward project is the perfect place to begin.


Finished measurements
8 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches wide, 5 inches long from the front to the back of the body

Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 hank each in Ice Cream #7500, Root Beer #7503, and Watermelon #7512

U.S. size 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles (set of four) or size needed to obtain gauge
U.S. size 6 (4 mm) 16-inch circular needle (optional)

• Stitch markers
• Ruler or tape measure
• Yarn needle
• Scissors
• Plastic pellets (optional—do not use for young children or babies, as they pose a choking hazard)
• Polyester fiberfill

5-1/2 sts per inch in stockinette stitch

Underside of Body
Starting at the underside of the body, cast on 5 sts with Ice Cream. Use two dpns to work back and forth.
Row 1: K1, m1, knit to the last st, m1, k1.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 19 sts. Work in stockinette stitch until the underside measures 3 inches from the cast-on edge, ending with a purl row.

Decrease Rows
Row 1: K1, ssk, knit to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: Purl. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 5 sts rem, ending with a row 2.
Next row: K1, ssk, k2tog – 3 sts rem.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K1, k2tog, pass the first st over the second st and off the needle – 1 st rem.

Top of Body
Switch to Root Beer, and continue picking up stitches around the edge of the underside of the body. On Needle 1 (same needle that is holding the 1 st), pick up 20 sts. On Needle 2, pick up 20 sts. On Needle 3, pick up 19 sts, and transfer the first st in Ice Cream from Needle 1 to Needle 3 – 60 sts total. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch on the first needle. Continue working in the round.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: K1, (k3, m1) six times, k1; repeat on each needle – 26 sts per needle, 78 sts total.
Place a stitch marker on Round 2 and leave it there. At this point, you can work onto a 16-inch circular needle or continue on the dpns. Knit every round until the body measures 3 inches above the marker.

Excerpted from Spud & Chloe at the Farm, copyright 2011 by Susan B. Anderson, $16.95.

Not into knitting or just want something simple to do with kids? The internet is chock full of amazing paper plate cow crafts. Check out our favorite here and get to crafting with the kids!

Large cow watercolor art print, 11 x 14, by Rachelle Levingston. ($25)


A handcrafted pet tag made from copper and aluminum in the shape of a dairy cow face! (Pooch Tags, $15)


Twin spring calves – one bull and one heifer. So sweet. This 30×30 photo will be professionally printed on Kodak semi matte or metallic high gloss paper. Shot by Lucy Snowe. ($125)


A sweet terrarium in a vintage milk jar with two cows. One near, one in the distance graze on a mossy hillock. (Wee Green Spot, $32)


Newborn baby cow hat and leggings set for a photo prop. (Craft K’s Crochet, $40)


Melinda K.
Past Member 5 years ago


Latoya Brookins
Latoya Brookins5 years ago

I'm going to be so giddy if (who am I kidding? when not if) I make these and they come out looking these ones.

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga5 years ago


Sharon Nevils
Sharon Nevils5 years ago

cute !

Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard5 years ago


Tal H.
Talya H5 years ago

yum! thanks!

Danielle Herie
Danielle Herie5 years ago

Thank you!

Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard5 years ago


Rupert W.
Rupert W.5 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.