How pretty is this wedding cake centerpiece? It’s no wonder that Crafts ‘n Things magazine featured it earlier this year. According to designer and artist Diane Flowers, if you can wrap a package, you can craft this cake in less than an hour. The filigree “frosting” looks like fondant, but it’s actually a paper ribbon from Offray Ribbon.
There are lots of ways to change it up – make it smaller or bigger, or add more layers. Wrap the layers in paper to match the colors of the wedding party, or spray paint the paper ribbon in a rainbow of colors. Diane topped her cake with a nosegay of silk ranunculus, and changing this out would be easy too.
This centerpiece could become a family tradition to commemorate special weddings for years to come.
Here’s Diane’s recipe for making this beautiful cake:
Here’s what you need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: Two 2”x12”x36” sheets, or four 1” x 12” x 36” sheets
- Spray paint (Diane used Krylon Silver Foil)
- Wrapping paper (white or other color of choice)
- 4” White Decorative Paper Ribbon from Offray
- Assorted silk flowers or other cake topper
- Tools: old box or newspaper; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; scissors; straight pins; low temp glue gun and glue sticks; adhesive tape
To “bake” your cake:
1. Measure and cut three different lengths of paper ribbon: 49”, 33”, and 17”. Working outside or in a well ventilated area, protect your work surface with newspaper and place the paper ribbon in the box. Following instructions on the can, spray paint the ribbon. Let dry.
2. Using a ruler and sharp pencil, measure and score two 12” squares, two 8” squares and two 4” squares on the sheets of STYROFOAM™ brand foam. If you’re using 1” thick sheets, you’ll need to double this and measure and mark four 12” squares, four 8” squares and four 4” squares.
3. Wax a serrated knife with a candle or bar of soap and then cut along scored line. Match up and glue individual layers together.
4. Wrap each layer in wrapping paper, just like wrapping a present. If needed, hold paper in place with straight pins to keep it neat while wrapping.
5. Wrap the 49” piece of silver paper ribbon around the 12” square layer and secure with adhesive tape. Wrap the 33” length around the 8” layer and the 17” length around the 4” layer, and secure each with tape. (Note: by using adhesive tape, the ribbon is easy to remove and reuse. If you’d like something more permanent, you can use a spray adhesive instead.)
6. Top your cake with the decorations of choice.
Here are two more cake centerpieces you might like, and the step-by-step instructions are on http://www.styrofoamcrafts.com/.
Till then, happy crafting!