Hello dear friends!
A couple of weeks back we celebrated Cooper’s first birthday party! I KNOW! One already? Really??
For those of you who have followed my journey since the start when this blog was called Mummy Goes Mad then you know my story all too well of my surprise pregnancy with Cooper when Locky was only 6 months old and everything I went through with my pregnancy and our relocation to Belgium… Worst EVER!
Now that things have settled, we are used to living here, Cooper is over all of his milk allergy and reflux issues and so on, I felt it was necessary to celebrate his birthday in a BIG WAY! I can’t help it. By nature I’m over the top and have a larger than life personality (I have settled a little with age) and I always look for any excuse to spilt the crap out of my kids. So I got working and threw my baby an awesome Woodlands First Birthday Party! Yay.
More on the party in future posts but today I’m showing you one of the many crafts I made to bring Cooper’s Woodlands Party to life.
I knew the moment I fell pregnant with Locky (my first) I wanted to make my kids cakes. Unfortunately I couldn’t make his first birthday cake because I was fairly pregnant with Cooper but I did make his second birthday cake. So I was so happy that nothing got in the way of me making Cooper’s first cake. I’m no professional, far from it but it’s made with so much love which is the most important thing when it comes to us mummy amateur cake makers.
I wanted to make something a little different and definitely representing the Woodlands theme. I wanted some little creatures but then when I was scrolling through Craftgawker (feel free to follow me 😉 ) I came across this fabulous idea by Nikki at Tikkido.com and had to make my own version of it. The cake topper’s are not an original idea, I’m not that clever! Haha. But I did come up with everything else on my own.
These trees are so simple to make and really a genius idea for any forest themed cake! They are also super quick to make which saves you so much time if you really want to make your cake look full and lush on the top. I really didn’t want to make lots of trees out of fondant because fondant is difficult to work with as fas as I’m concerned. I’m happy to make a few characters but not a whole forest out of the stuff!
What you’ll need for these Woodlands Forest Cake Toppers
Crafters cutting board
Thick card stock- I chose scrap booking paper and you can find lots of different colours, patterns and designs!
Barbecue skewers – you can use thin sticks from your backyard but I chose not to do this for sanitary reasons as the cake was to be eaten
Green moss powder- not sure of another name for it
Begin by drawing your tree shapes on your paper in assorted sizes. Don’t worry if they’re not perfect. To me they where not intended to be perfect but good enough to represent pine trees.
Using your Xacto knife cut along the lines of your trees. As you can see with this tree I did not do this… haha. It still tend out good though and it was my only one that turned out a little horrible. My reason; I had Locky trying to pull the paper while I cut and tried taking a photo of it all… Toddlers are not easy I tell you!
Once you have finished cutting all of your trees, fold them all down the middle.
Cut your skewers to the length you want them on the cake and hot glue a skewer down the middle of each of your trees. Once again the toddler was around me so the way I hot glued the skewer to this tree was rough. Not usually my quality of work but what can one do when they have a two year old trying to ‘help’?
To make your trees look like they have moss on them just brush on your craft glue with a paint brush all over one of your trees. Sprinkle the green moss powder all over the tree to cover the entire surface. Let dry and then hot glue your skewer on to your tree.
Now all you have to do is decorate your cake!
I love when 5 minute crafts like this one make a huge impact. The end result was very cute and all of our guests loved how great Woodlands Forest Cake Toppers turned out.
Be sure to pop back for the birthday cake recipe. Super easy and very tasty!
Do you make your kids cakes? What themed have you made and how did you decorate them?