If you need a fun cake topper in a pinch and you happen to have some spray paint (toxic stuff that it is......) and some plastic animals hanging around somewhere, you are in luck, because this golden giraffe cake topper (or the animal of your choice of course) is so simple to make and looks amazing! For my son's eleventh birthday i decided to make a giraffe themed birthday party, maybe because he is now in that skinny gangly stage some boys go through, or maybe because I thought that the two from legs of a giraffe are like the number eleven. (And then I discovered that giraffe themed birthdays are actually really common for the 1st birthday for some reason, so the 11th birthday makes sense then too!)
In any case, the giraffe theme was a good choice as there are so many fun things to do with giraffes, even with simple supplies you may have around the house, as I fortunately did, as the weather was suddenly way too hot to thing about going out shopping! And that my friends is how this idea came to fruition......I've seen plently of plastic animals spray painted and glued to the tops of jars, but can't say I've seen any cake toppers! Come to think of it, had I had more time I should have actually made one of those animal topped jar to hold some birthday treats......maybe next time!
Keep reading for the super simple instructions......
- large plastic giraffe of the animal of your choice, but for a cake topper you'll need a tall animal
- gold spray paint
- a pretty ribbon to tie around giraffe's belly, or make him a blanket using felt
- some card stock for the hat, a little ball for the pom pom (i made mine from washi tape) and a tiny bit of yarn for the string
- hot glue for the hat and string
Pretty self explanatory, but ALWAYS REMEMBER to use spray paint strictly outdoors, and if you have a mask that filters toxic fumes, by all means wear it, and don't give spray paint to kids to use.I made the little birthday hat by making a larger cone and then cutting it down to size for the giraffe, other than that I think you can figure out the rest, enjoy!
Coming up soon, the cake for which the giraffe served as a topper!