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DIY Project: Ribbon Cake Bunting

Today, I have the pleasure of sharing with you a project that I designed and shot with the expert food styling help of Shauna of Shauna Younge Dessert Tables. We’ve all noticed bunting becoming a more popular design element in entertaining, and now it’s starting to cross over into the world of desserts. We developed this incredibly easy tutorial so you can deck out cakes for special occasions or even everyday use!

supplies

  • scissors
  • double stick tape
  • ribbon in various colors, 1” and 2” wide
  • white cotton string
  • bamboo barbeque skewers (available at Target or your local grocery store)

instructions

Wrap a piece of double stick tape around one of your bamboo skewers, about an inch or two from the top (the exact positioning is ultimately your preference). Leaving an extra 1.5” loose, begin to wrap your string around the skewer until it has covered all of the tape neatly. Do NOT cut the string from its ball or spool. Tie the excess 1.5” with the string portion attached to the ball or spool into a double knot to hold the string in place.

Set the skewer on a table, and angle it as you wish for it to be displayed on your cake. Set out a second skewer, also tilted at a mirrored version of the same angle, as far away as you plan for them to be on the cake. Roll out string so that it bridges the two skewers with some slack and forms a soft curve. Repeat the attachment process from step one on the second skewer.

Cut 2” lengths of each color of your ribbon. Set aside in ordered piles so you can work quickly.

To attach each flag, line each piece of ribbon with double stick tape. Center the ribbon length vertically along the ribbon, then fold it over on itself. Press down to secure, ensuring the cotton string is flush with the fold.

Cut a shallow “V” shape into the ribbon for a banner look. If you prefer the squared off look, this step can be optional.

Continue to attach flags across the length of string. Keep each flag as evenly spaced as possible. Attach additional flag strings as desired.

Insert the bunting into the cake. Do not pull out and reposition – it will make the skewer’s hole too big in some cakes and the skewers may begin to slouch, warping the presentation.

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  1. So interesting. Seems super easy, too!

    -Chic Done Cheap

    Chic Done Cheap     Thursday, February 24, 2011
  2. Beautiful job!! I’m so inspired to make my own… cake or no cake! ; )

    Heather - Chickabug     Thursday, February 24, 2011
  3. Absolutely incorporating this with the next cake I bake!

    Carly (@realgloss)     Monday, February 28, 2011
  4. Great DIY tutorial and UNBELIEVABLE photo of the cake and bunting. May I ask what kind of camera you use?

    the eclectic life     Monday, February 28, 2011
  5. Hey – I use a Canon Digital Rebel XT :) It’s an older model, but I love it!

    Maddy     Monday, February 28, 2011
  6. ack! you are killing me with all of this cute stuff!

    gwen     Tuesday, March 8, 2011
  7. Sorry to drop in so late, but this is beautiful. What kind of cake is this…. looks like I’d like to try and make that too! Thanks!

    Emily     Friday, December 9, 2011
  8. This is such a lovely cake bunting! I plan on making it soon. In the meantime I wanted to let you know I’ve featured it on and emerald-themed roundup on my blog: http://jadeandfern.com/2013/03/22/embracing-emerald/

    Marlene     Friday, March 29, 2013