Have you ever wondered how you could decorate your cake boards? Do you want to make them prettier without a lot of effort or money? I have the answer for you and I'm gonna show you How to Cover a Cake Board with Glitter Paper.
For the longest time, I didn't put forth any real effort into decorating my cake boards. I mean, I'd cover them with foil wrap and make sure they were clean, but I didn't "decorate" them.
Then around 2 years ago, having "covered cake boards" became a big deal and well... I loved the way it looked! I should note, having covered cake boards might have been a big deal much earlier than that, but I live in the sticks and trends are slow coming around here 😉 ).
So slowly but surely, I started making a habit of covering my boards and now I can't imagine sending a cake out with a "plain board". Now this is not the only way I cover boards. Sometimes I cover them in fondant to match the theme of the cake (wood grain fondant, checkerboard, matching color, etc.), but mostly these days I used scrapbook glitter paper to cover my boards and I love the way it looks!
Okay - let's get on with the tutorial.
How to Cover a Cake Board with Glitter Paper
Here's what you'll need:
- Cake boards (one the same size as your cake - it should already be on it, three larger ones to put your cake on)
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Stick Glue
- Packing Tape*
- Duck Tape*
- Glitter Paper or
- ⅝" ribbon (perfect size for 3 stacked caked boards)
See how I store my ribbon HERE!
*Sometimes I skip the tapes and use hot glue for all of those steps. I'll explain as we go!
Note: You will have to adjust these sizes depending on how big your cakes are and how much board you'd like to show but for this order, I had a 6" cake and I used 10" boards for my display. I'd say 9 times out of 10, I use 12" boards (that's the biggest you can do with standard 12"x12" scrapbook paper), but for smash cakes, I use smaller 10" boards.
Step 1: Start by taping together your three big base boards. I double over packing tape for this step. You can also use Duck Tape or hot glue here, but packing tape is cheaper than Duck Tape and works perfectly well, so I generally use that or the hot glue.
Step 2: Use stick glue to cover the entire surface of the top board.
Step 3: Place the glitter paper over the sticky surface, smooth out any air bubbles, then flip it over and add some weight to it. I usually let it sit for at least 10 minutes. The great thing about this is - you could actually make it days or weeks in advance as well.
Add Glitter Paper ...
From this angle, the glitter on the back of the paper looks black or like it's dirty, but I promise, it's just the glitter. You can see some of it shining on the pic above from a different angle.
Step 4: Once the paper is set, flip it over and trim off the excess with a pair of scissors.
I trim it as close as possible so it's a really clean edge when flipped over:
Step 5: Now the steps are a bit mixed up here, but you could absolutely skip ahead and do the ribbon without having the cake on the board... just saying. But for me, this is the order I did it in. Here I have a prepared 6" cake, already on a cake board matching it's size (6" cake on the 6" cake board).
*Although the cake itself does not sit on the glitter paper, if food safety is a concern with the glitter being close to the cake, you could always cover the paper with cellophane or even contact paper at this point (to contain the glitter). It's not something I stress over or worry about, but I know it's a big deal for a lot of people.
This will be covered in ruffles so the crumb coat is pretty messy and I didn't stress over it:
Apparently, I also didn't center it (oops!). Anywho, to avoid confusion, this is the only 6" board you'll need and it's the one listed in the instructions.
Step 6: Using Duck tape, attach the cake to the glitter paper. By using the board under the cake, you're preventing your cake from touching the glitter paper. You could also use hot glue for this step if you like, but I don't recommend packing tape. You want something that's gonna really secure the cake to the board and packing tape is not strong enough.
-->Insert Cake Decorating here. For this cake, I piped on large buttercream ruffles. <--
Decorate the cake! (if you haven't already)
Step 7: To finish the look, you're going to use your hot glue gun to attach a coordinating ribbon around the sides of the cake boards. What I do is put thin strip of glue a few inches long, attach the ribbon, turn, and repeat. Keep going until it's completely covered, then use scissors to trim the end (overlay it slightly).
Excuse the terrible fingernails... I think my son had given me a manicure and I had let it stay on a few days too long 😉
And that's it!! You have a beautifully decorated cake board that took no more than 10 minutes work and it costs less than $5 (you can roll that into the cost of your cake).
OH - when I do smash cakes like this, I sometimes take the extra scrap paper cut off the sides and cut out a "1" for the top. I use hot glue to attach the number to a lollipop stick (scroll up a couple of pics to see the back of the "1" and voila - you have a matching topper! SO cute, huh?!
Scroll down and you'll see a couple of other boards I've decorated this way (directly below and the other linked up tutorials)!
Where do I get the glitter paper? I buy it online at Amazon or in Hobby Lobby stores. It's cheapest to wait until it's on sale at Hobby Lobby (or use a coupon) and buy only the sheets/colors you need OR buy it by the bundle if you'll be using it a lot (like me!). I aim to pay $.50-$1 per sheet at most.
And that's it! Do you have any questions? Leave me a comment! Check out the related posts here:
How to Organize Ribbons
How to Make an Easy Bunting Topper (and see the brown glitter paper with orange ribbon? love!)