Monday, 29 April 2013

DIY Banner Cake Topper

With summer quickly approaching, graduation season is right around the corner. Whether you're having a small family gathering or a larger celebration, this simple bronze cake top banner is a fun and easy way to make any cake special. 

  • Plastic alphabet charms (I bought mine at John Bead but they're also available at Walmart and Jo-Ann)
  • Two wooden skewers
  • Gesso primer
  • Metallic paint 
  • Cotton twine
  • Palette
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors


1. First you'll want to prime the charms with a quick layer of gesso. I did mine in two parts - first hold onto the top hole and paint the letter and then once dry, go back and hold the letter while painting the top. Set them down to dry on wax paper.

2. Once the gesso primer layer is dry, simply repeat this process with your paint of choice. Depending on the colour, you may need to do more than one coat. Let dry completely.

3. Thread the charms onto the cotton twine. Depending on the size of the holes on the charms and the thickness of the twine, you can choose to tie knots between each letter to prevent them from squishing together illegibly. The twine I used was thick enough that this step wasn't necessary. 

4. Tie the twine around the top of the skewers and trim off any excess. Place the skewers into your cake, and there you have it!

Wouldn't it be fun to prepare a whole set of these letters to have on stand-by for all occasions? Why not tie on a second row of twine for longer messages? I don't know about you, but I definitely haven't perfected the art of writing on cakes so this is a good alternative!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

DIY Floral Mobile

I'm excited to announce that I'm now a monthly DIY contributor over at Uschi & Kay! My first post is a DIY floral mobile - it's the first post of the spring mini-series I'll be sharing over there. Click here to see the whole post.

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