When in doubt, just add a handmade cake topper.
To some, that thought may seem easier said than done, but trust me when I say that it really is a piece of cake to craft your own. In fact, it's easy enough that I was able to craft this mini paper bunting topper in a matter of minutes with supplies I already had on hand. Do you want to try making one too?
You Will Need
scrap patterned papers or cardstock
double sided tape (optional)
hot glue gun with glue
two wooden skewers
Start by deciding how long you would like to make your bunting. For a standard 8" cake, seven triangles will be enough. Adjust accordingly for a larger or smaller cake (five for a 6" cake, nine for a 10" cake). Once you have decided how many triangles you will need, measure and cut out 1" x 2.5" rectangles from your scrap papers. Each rectangle piece will make one triangle.
Fold each rectangular piece in half, with the patterned side facing outwards. Holding the folded piece together and envisioning the fold as the top of the triangle, cut the other two sides equally to form the point of the triangle. Repeat with each folded rectangle.
Cut a piece of twine slightly longer than the diameter of your cake. Lay out your triangles roughly along the twine and arrange according to the order you would like each to appear on the bunting. Using a piece of double-sided tape (or hot glue), secure the two sides of each triangle together while wrapping the fold around the twine. Repeat for all triangles, spacing 1/8" apart along the twine.
Lay out two wooden skewers with the pointed ends facing down at the same approximate distance as the diameter of your cake. You may choose to trim the skewers to your desired height depending on the size of your cake and how tall you want your bunting to stand. Take into account that a portion of the skewers will be stabbed into the cake. Using your hot glue gun, glue the twine about 1/2" down from the top of the skewers. Allow the bunting to swoop slightly while measuring this step out. Trim any extra twine from the ends of the bunting.
Seriously, that's it. There are so many possibilities, too - you could try writing a message across the triangles or try using a less traditional shape instead of a triangle. Either way, a simple handmade bunting topper is a great way to personalize and dress up a simple cake.
Happy Sunday crafternoon, friends!