You may want to use straight pins to plan where you are going to attach your cupcakes. Use the toothpicks to attach each cupcake to the ball. I used 1 toothpick for the top cupcakes and more for the sides to make sure they were secure. Push toothpicks in the ball and then press the cupcakes onto the toothpicks. Continue doing this until all of the topiary is covered with cupcakes.