I love birthday cakes that are simple and cute, and make a festive statement but don't require a huge time investment. (And that use crafting supplies that I'm comfortable with, like paper and markers, as opposed to fondant and sugar!) This year I'm going with my idea of a themed birthday cake achieved by decorating the cake with hand drawn paper cut outs. So far this idea seems to be working! Last month I made my son a castle themed lochness monster birthday cake which was a hit, and last week, just back from New York I decided to go with an Empire State Building King Kong themed birthday cake, since we had just visited the historic site and met a King Kong costumed someone. Everyone loved it, though the birthday boy wanted to know why the King Kong wasn't made out of chocolate, hmmmmm......I calmly explained to him that chocolate figurines are beyond my crafting expertise and even drawing the empire state building with all those windows was a labor of love! In the end he was all smiles and loved my suggestion of creating some wall art for his room using the decorations. I'll keep you posted on that one!
- card stock paper
- paint markers and a good permanent black marker
- electrical tape
Decide on a theme and draw separate elements on card stock. The bigger the better for greatest impact. Cut out drawings and attach to skewer, with the point up and poking above the drawing if flags are appropriate for your theme. Make flags from a piece of electrical tape wrapped around the skewer and then adhered to itself. You can write on the electrical tape with a permanent marker. Large illustrations like the Empire State Building that I made will require several skewers at the base and more along the height.
This post was linked to Donna's party over at funky junk interiors