The other week I shared a DIY Streamer Name Cake Topper that I made for my older brother Jordan’s birthday cake. This week I’ll be sharing how I made this DIY Pinata Letters Cake Topper for my husband Adam’s birthday cake! Get your glue guns ready!
When I was designing both cake toppers I knew I wanted them to be different but still use crepe paper party streamers. For Adam’s, I thought it would be fun to incorporate his favorite color: orange. I also wanted Adam’s design to have a different feel than Jordan’s, so I went with a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” style cake topper with a pinata texture. Side note: I’ve always wanted to make a pinata but I’ve yet to have an excuse to, so this was a super fun way to scratch that itch, as it were. Like I said in Jordan’s cake topper post, I’m so happy with how they both turned out! They’re definitely party-iffic!
I really like the idea of making cake toppers out of crepe paper party streamers because you get to color coordinate your decor and cake topper, helping to pull the whole theme together. It’s great for birthday parties, baby showers, gender reveal parties, bridal showers--you get the idea, wherever you’d use party streamers and have a cake!
Adam’s actual birthday cake was a two layer loaf pan cake using my Vegan Lemon Cake Recipe. The pictures turned out too blurry so I made another cake the other day and re-did the shots. Yay more cake! This cake was made using the chocolate cake recipe from the Vegan Cake Batter Doughnuts post and my Vegan Buttercream Frosting recipe with cocoa powder added to make it chocolate!
I didn’t include a template for this cake topper because I think pretty much any font thick or big enough will do the job, just make sure you print it out on cardstock paper! Have fun with it! Use different colors, words, shapes--anything! It’s really fun to craft it together! I will say, for any cake topper you’re doing, unless you’ve made it before don’t make it the night before. Make sure you give yourself some extra time to fix any mistakes or get it all just right. Now! Onto the tutorial!
- An X-ACTO knife (somewhat optional if you don’t have one)
- A printer to print your font
- Cardstock paper
- Crepe paper streamers
- A glue gun + glue sticks
After printing out your font/letters on cardstock paper, cut out your letters. I used the X-ACTO knife for the little holes in the letters. If you don’t have one you could try and use scissors or you might be able to get away with coloring them black, depending on what color streamer you’re using.
Next take your crepe paper streamers and cut about a foot of streamer.
Fold it in half lengthwise.
Now fold it in half lengthwise again.
Once folded it might twist a little but that’s totally fine.
Now you want to fold it in half widthwise.
And fold it in half widthwise again. You should have something that looks like this. We’ve folded it in half widthwise to make cutting all the little snips quicker.
You’re ready to start cutting your little snips. Try and cut about ¾ of the way through the streamer, If you go too far you’ll break the segment. You’re basically giving the folded streamer a fringe.
Try and keep it uniform but like Bob Ross says, there are no mistakes, only happy accidents--so have fun with it!
When you’ve finished making your snips unfold the streamer width wise only, like shown above.
Do this with each streamer color until you think you have enough, you can always make more! Once you’re done making a bunch, warm up your glue gun.
Sorry it’s white on white for the first example lol! Basically take your streamer segment and hold it up against your letter. We’ll be working from bottom to top for each letter. Cut or tear off enough of a streamer segment to cover the full letter. Even though it’s an H, I’m covering the whole letter, even the gap. All of the xcess will be trimmed off later.
Apply some hot glue to your letter and secure your first segment.
Just like that!
Now onto the next one! Same thing, grab your streamer and cut it to the right length (with a little bit hanging off for trimming later).
Now hot glue that baby in place!
Keep going until you reach the top! You’ll want to space them out roughly the same, but again, like Bob Ross says, there are no mistakes, only happy accidents!
Here’s the back of the letter H.
And the back of the letter A.
Once you’ve got all of the letters decorated, it’s time for trimming!
Here’s a little Y for example.
From the back you can easily see what needs to be trimmed.
Go for it! Don’t cut EXACTLY to the edge, pretty close, but give it a micro gap, as it were.
Wonderful! Here’s the front of the little Y, all finished.
And here’s the back! I left that little bit there because I didn’t want to cut it too far and mess up the front. If you do cut a section of a letter, like where the holes/gaps of letters are, and a section of streamer comes off you can add just a dab of hot glue and secure the streamer section that came off.
Now that looks like a party!
Next we just add the skewers and we’re done!
Simply glue them to the back of each letter.
Depending on how tall your cake is you’ll only need about 3-6 inches of skewer to stick into the cake, so figure out how high you want the letters to be then leave another 3-6 inches and cut off any excess!
And just like that we’re done! They look so fun!
I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and have a fun occasion coming up to try it out with! These would also be great for cupcake toppers! Have a great weekend everyone!