Weddings are no longer cookie cutter affairs, and I’m frequently enchanted and inspired by the many sweet and creative ways you can personalize a wedding. Couples who DIY their wedding can find tremendous savings, too. One idea I fell in love with is this woodland-theme wedding ensemble designed by Diane Flowers. Her Birch Bark Centerpiece Cake would be so pretty at a wedding or bridal shower (or really, most any special occasion). Bonus: these are beautiful keepsakes, too.
Strips of birch bark “frost” the cake, and while Diane decorated hers with roses, almost any flower will look beautiful with the birch bark (imagine it with hydrangeas . . .) I’ll share Diane’s tutorial for the Birch Bark Woodland Centerpiece Wedding Cake today and her other designs next week. Diane purchases her birch bark from Spirit of the Woods in western Maine. They collect birch bark and other birch products from the forest floor, and they never harvest living birch trees. They ask that you do the same.
To make a Birch Bark Woodland Centerpiece Wedding Cake, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam:
- One 10” x 4” cake dummy OR four 10”x 1” discs
- One 8” x 4” cake dummy OR four 8”x 1” discs
- One 6” x 4” cake dummy OR four 6”x 1” discs
- Birch bark sheets, two 16” x 16” pieces
- Twisted green vines, 48”
- Roses: five large; five miniature; and four bushes
- Reindeer Moss, natural and dark green
- Low-temperature glue gun & glue sticks
- Tools: Floral shears or knippers; floral pins; scissors; ruler; pencil; wooden skewers (optional — you’ll need the skewers only if you’re using 1” discs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam)
To make a Birch Bark Woodland Centerpiece Wedding Cake:
1. If using 1” discs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, stack together the same-size discs and secure with low temperature glue and wooden skewers. (Do not yet assemble cake and glue the three layers together.)
2. Examine bark and determine which pieces are most suitable. Measure and mark 16” x 4” strips on bark. Cut strips with scissors.
3. Use your fingertips to separate the layers, creating thinner, more flexible strips of bark. Work carefully and slowly, using extra caution around the knots, to avoid separating the strips into smaller pieces.
4. Adhere birch bark strips the sides of each cake layer.
5. Position the wrapped vines on top of the 6” layer to create a loop on the top and to cover the edges. Secure with floral pins and low temp glue. Leave space between the vines for inserting the roses.
6. Trim the stems of the large roses to approximately 2” and insert them between the vines and into the top of the 6” form or discs. Use the picture as a guide for placement and use low temp glue to secure the flower stems.
7. Stack the 6”, 8” layer and 10” layer together. Use low-temp glue to secure them together, if desired. (This step is optional; you might consider leaving the layers unattached for easier storage or transportation.)
8. Attach large rosebud in the front center of the middle 8” layer and the miniature roses on the sides and centers of the two bottom layers. Use the picture as a guide for placement.
9. Using low-temp glue, cover the exposed edges and stems of the roses on all three layers with natural and dark green reindeer moss.
Be sure to stop in again next week for more DIY decorating ideas for weddings and other special days. Have a wonderful, creative weekend, and a happy Mother’s Day to all!