Thursday, January 27, 2011

Felt Cake Decorations

I hope you’ve already made a felt cake and frosted it with some delicious felt frosting from THIS tutorial. Today, we are going to talk about decorating that cake! The possibilities are nearly limitless so this is really just a start.

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DISCLAIMER: Please note that this whole thing is made up of small parts. Please choose decoration parts wisely for young children! I do not recommend using most of the following parts for young children who still put everything in their mouths.

hot glue
clear sticky back velcro dots (available at Wal-Mart stores with craft sections—thanks Amy!)
small round magnets
red fabric scraps
polyester fiberfill stuffing for strawberries
lace, ribbon, trim, beads
buttons, flowers and other embellishments

To make the candles:

 Cut scraps of felt into 2 1/2 inch squares.
Cut a small flame shape with a little “wick”.

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Hot glue a flame (wick on square, flame hanging off square) onto the top center of the square then roll the felt square tightly.

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Hot glue along the long edge to hold it closed. Trim the bottom if necessary to make it even.

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Glue a small round magnet to the bottom of the candle.

(I used the super strong ones, but had to replace all of them with the not-so-strong ones. When the super strong ones got anywhere in the same room, they were instantly attracted and ripped the magnet away from its candle so they could cling tightly to each other. They were almost impossible to pull apart. The not-so-strong magnets still hold well to the top of the cake and didn’t have such serious mating problems!)

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To make the strawberries:
I made these basically the same way I made them HERE using a tutorial by V and Co. found HERE. I modified it a bit to make it easier for me so I will include my version here.

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Cut fabric into a cone shape by measuring 4 inches along the bottom and 4 inches up the side at a 90 degree angle. Then measure 4 inches out from the center of the 90 degree angle. Make a curved line along the top from one point to the next.

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Leaving a 1/4 inch space for your seam allowance when you sew the sides together (not yet) at the beginning and end, sew a gathering stitch across the top, curved line. It should also have a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Do not trim threads.

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Fold cone in half with right sides together and sew side with raw edges (not the top) with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Be sure to pull the long gathering threads out of the way so they don’t get sewn into this seam.

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Measure one inch up from the bottom point and mark. Sew a straight line across the bottom of the cone shape at the mark.

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Trim off the extra fabric from the point.

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Turn strawberry right side out.

Fill with polyester fiberfill stuffing. Mine were stuffed pretty tightly so the strawberries would hold their shape well even after being played with a lot.

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Pull the gathering threads to tightly gather up the top of the strawberry. Tie them together in a secure knot to hold the top together. (Sorry, no pic.)

Cut a square of green felt. Use pinking shears to cut leaf shapes with a zig zag edge.

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Use hot glue to attach the felt to the top of the strawberry. I pushed the gathered fabric to the inside and squirted the glue all over the top then put the felt right over this as I squished it all together. The felt helped hold the strawberry down, too. Then, put hot glue on each leaf and glue it down over the top of the strawberry.

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To stick embellishments to the frosting piece:

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Use Velcro dots along the cake where you want to stick embellishments. Be sure to put the soft side on the frosting piece so it doesn’t stick to itself and rip at the felt when it is folded (or stuffed!) inside the cake box.

On the side of the cake, I measured how far apart I was placing the dots so that I could match these up with my trim. Mine were about 4 inches apart along the top. The bottom ones (just above the ruffled frosting) were also about 4 inches apart, but were centered between the top ones.

You will need to let the Velcro set for 24 hours so that it sticks well to the frosting and doesn’t come off with the embellishments. Most of mine stuck really well, but I hot glued a few. (When in doubt, hot glue!) I still like these dots better than regular velcro dots, though, because they are so thin. I did use the thicker ones on the chocolate cake, though, because I wanted a dark color on the frosting piece.

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For some of the trim and embellishments I used a whole circle and for some just a half circle was fine.

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To make the flowers:
I bought flowers from the “Favorite Findings” section (in the button section) at JoAnn’s. I hot glued some together and left some single. Then, I hot glued pearls for centers on some of them.

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Hot glue a Velcro dot (scratchy side) to the individual pieces.

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I used flower trim to make individual flowers and a long strand to make a flower frosting.

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On some of the trim I put Velcro dots all along the trim spaced the same as the dots on the side of the cake (about 4 inches). For others, I just put a dot at the beginning (soft side) and the opposite dot (scratchy side) at the end so it could fit around the cake and attach like a belt.

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I used flower buttons (hot glue the Velcro on these for sure or don’t use any at all and they can just get stacked on the top of the cake.) and packaged flowers that I purchased.

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I used all kinds of ribbon, lace, beads and ruffles that I sewed to add to the stockpile of cake decorations. It doesn’t all have to have Velcro dots or be a certain length.

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You will be amazed at what your children think up to use the bits and pieces that are available to them!
Whatever you decide to use, it should all be able to fit inside the cake box so the parts have a place to go when it's cleaning time.

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This is definitely my kind of project...
It is all kinds of fun when it is out, but it cleans up quickly and easily!

What do you think? Do you love it?


Malory {Snips & Spice},  said... January 27, 2011 at 8:47 AM  

Yes I do love it! You are amazing!


Nancy,  said... January 27, 2011 at 9:53 AM  

My little girl is sitting by my and begging me to make her a cake like this. I need to make a craft store run! I love it all!!!!

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry,  said... January 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM  

You are AWESOME, I love the cake and its decorations! Thanks for posting...

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons,  said... January 27, 2011 at 7:52 PM  

so so SO cool!!!!! I love this! a felt cake would be an absolutely awesome gift for my super vegan friend... also... I can't bake -- but I could make this! <3

Thanks for finding me in blogland!!! Nice to meet you! <3

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

everyday muses,  said... January 29, 2011 at 12:51 AM  

This is definitely a labor of love...totally worth it though, the decorations are too cute!

Heather Feather,  said... January 31, 2011 at 10:26 PM  

I love felt food; it's so adorable. Your version is so great because the kids get to decorate it instead of having it already decorated!

Andi,  said... April 12, 2011 at 9:24 PM  

Wow what a great idea! My crafting skills are not that advanced :p

~ Andi

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