I wanted to share a very special D-I-Y with you today. I find that the best Do-it-Yourself projects are ones you don’t actually make for yourself, but give away. I am a lot more encouraged when it’s for someone else’s benefit. Last week was my parent's (mom and step-pops) anniversary and we went to a special dinner party with friends. I was on dessert detail, mostly because I make it very well known how much I love making cupcakes. I was feeling like I wanted to do something extra special so along with some cupcakes I also decided to make a cake, which was really just the vehicle in which the cake topper lived.
Here’s how you can make your own:
Supplies: I used a floral foam ring with a plastic bottom. These come in various sizes, so you can use whatever size you desire. Fabric and paper scraps are usually easy for any crafter (new or veteran) to find lying around. A ring of sewing needles and whatever embellishment pieces you want to add to the top.
Step One: I suggest placing your paper and fabric choices on your foam ring and arrange them in a way that pleases the eye before you start pinning.
Step Two:Pin the outside edges of the paper and fabric to the outer part of the foam ring. Overlap pieces so you don’t have too many pins. Since my theme was yellow-based, I went for yellow and white pins. Then, continue pinning the inner part of the foam ring until all the paper and fabric are secure.
Step Three:Place and arrange your desired embellishments in whichever way you'd like. I used a variety of feathers, paper flowers and vintage clip-on, enamel earrings. In order to insert, place a larger incision with scissors for bigger items like the earrings. I did this by making an 'X' incision with scissors in the foam, making it easy for the earring to then slid into the foam.
Step Four - Optional: Make a fun sign! I chose to make a fun Anniversary sign to add, simply to make sure everyone knew we were celebrating :)
Step Five: Place on cake and present!! Since I was going with the yellow colour scheme, I chose to do a vanilla cake with butter cream frosting and lemon zest. I added toasted coconut and lemon gummy squares to finish things off.
There you go!!! You can adapt this for other occasions!!
I hope you have a great day... filled with fun summer things and quiet moments of gratitude.
p.s... let me be clear that I have had the help of Betty (of the Crocker line) and Duncan (of the Hines line). I like to make things simple by taking easy mixes and adding personal flair; sometimes this flair is a cake topper on a slanted cake :)