DIY Crafty Wedding Cake Tutorial: Make, don’t bake, this bridal shower, paper-wedding-cake centerpiece

Wedding Cake Centerpiece Tutorial

Make, don't bake, this fabulous bridal shower centerpiece.

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:

Top cake layer & posey nosegay

A close up of the top layer and nosegay cake topper.

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   

DIY Wedding Cake Tutorial

Rebekah Meier designed this sweet pink & white Wedding Cake Centerpiece with scrapbook papers and embellishments.

DIY Silk Flowers & Pearls Wedding Cake Centerpiece

Diane also designed this frothy cake from silk flowers and floral moss. You'll find the instructions on



We have even more wedding inspiration in our photo album of DIY Wedding Crafts on Facebook.  Be sure to visit (and “Like” us, too!). 

DIY Topiary and Pomander

We'll show you how to make this topiary and pomander next week.


The April issue of Crafts ‘n Things also featured this Ranunculus  Topiary and Pomander.  We’ll show you how to make these in next Tuesday’s tutorial. 

Till then, happy crafting!




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5 Responses to DIY Crafty Wedding Cake Tutorial: Make, don’t bake, this bridal shower, paper-wedding-cake centerpiece

  1. Sweet cake says:

    It very nice idea for me wow i like it

  2. Marilyn says:

    Love the recipe–bought all the supplies, but can’t find the Offray paper lace anywhere–where did you find it?

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  4. so clever! i like how you shared the ‘recipe’ for this beautiful cake!

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