Today I want to share with you How to Make an Easy Bunting Cake Topper. Ya'll... it's really funny that I'm sharing this just a few days after sharing that other post, How to Decorate a Cake Board & Matching Bunting Topper.
Why, you ask? Because I don't have a "crafty" bone in my body. Those parents that pull out the glitter and construction paper with their kids or sew their own pillows and curtains or scrapbook for days... that's not me at all! SO, when I tell you this bunting is easy, I mean it's easy-peasy! Just like that other one was... EA-SY!!
In addition to easy, you don't need any fancy materials to make it and you can customize it to match almost any cake design! Are you ready? Here's what you'll need to make bunting for a cake.
- Scraps of fabric to match your cake - I chose 5 different colors/patterns, but you could use all the same or alternate two or three colors.
- String or twine or cord
- Hot glue gun or some kind of crafting glue (I love the hot glue gun because it dries within minutes!)
- Bamboo skewers or lollipop sticks - whatever you want to attach your bunting to. I really love the bamboo skewers for the rustic look!
Once you have everything together, let's get to work...
Step 1: Start by cutting out your first flag - I did triangles. I also free-handed mine, but if you prefer them to be more precise, you could print a template to use as a guide.
Step 2: You'll want the triangles to all be the same size - or close to it! I used my first triangle as a template to make the rest of them! I didn't really stress over them being perfect; they're going on a rustic cake - but I did want them to still look nice and symmetrical!
A little fray added to the rustic feel so I left the edges a bit rough.
Step 3: You will need to know the size of the cake you're adding the topper to so that the bunting "fits". I was going to be placing this topper on a 9" cake so I wanted the topper to be at least 6-7" wide. I laid out the flags and my skewers and knew 5 flags would work for the width I needed.
Step 4: Now it's time to measure your string. I like to leave at least 2-3" inches on each end otherwise it's hard to tie the twine to the skewers. Once you get it laid out, go ahead and cut your twine.
Step 5: Before you tie the twine, first glue the flags on! I flip the flags over, face-down, then lay the string over them and make sure it's centered.
Step 6: Once I have it where I want it, I use a hot glue gun to glue the twine to the flags. You could probably use another kind of glue, but I prefer the hot glue because it dries so fast.
Here's how I did it... withe the flags and twine laid out in place, I picked up the twine off the first flag, made a tiny line of glue, then pressed the twin in place (careful to not burn yourself!).
Then I moved to the next one and repeated that process until I worked my way across all the flags. Let them dry for a minute, then flip them over!
Step 7: Next up, tie the twine to the skewers. I used a simple knots and made sure to leave enough slack in the twine so the flags would hang with a slight droop (vs. being pulled tight in a straight line). Be sure your knots are tight so that they don't slip, though!
Check to be sure you like the length of the twine hanging on the ends; trim if you need too.
And then you're done...
Step 8: To finish up, all you have to do is put the topper on the cake! I like to push them in at an angle so they're leaning out a little.
Now if you happen to be one of those people who is detail oriented, you may notice that the flags in the tutorial are not in the same order as the flags on the cake... that's because I missed a few pics so I had to re-shoot the tutorial. Except I forgot to put the colors in the same order... but you probably wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't mentioned it, huh?! 😉
This cake was for one my favorite client's husband and he's a deer hunter, so we added a toy deer at the end to finish the cake:
Do you have any questions about How to Make an Easy Bunting Cake Topper? Leave me a comment! And be sure to pin the image below and check out my other recent tutorial: How to Decorate a Cake Board & Matching Bunting Topper!