DIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & Cloth

DIY Paper Flower Cake Topper

DIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & ClothDIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & Cloth

There is no shame in claiming box cake as your own (guilty!), but after many failed attempts in decorating, I, Rachael, have decided to leave the delicate frosted details up to the professionals! Instead, I’m going to show you an easy way to bump up your “homemade” cake to “party worthy” status with this DIY paper flower cake topper that you can definitely recreate at home.

Not only are paper flowers unmistakably original, but they’re also almost always served with a side of ooh’s and ahh’s come dessert time! All you need are ​a few simple materials to get started…

DIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & Cloth

DIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & Cloth

DIY paper flower cake topper - bubble gum flower - Sugar & Cloth
  1. Cut four Petals from your Bubble Gum crepe paper. Stretch and smooth the paper grain from the center to the edge, to form a petal shape.
  2. Using your peach paint, paint the center of your Petals.
  3. Place hot glue on the bottom of on of your Petals. Set the tip of your stem wire in the glue, placing another Petal on top (paint side facing down) sandwiching the wire between the two Petals.
  4. Repeat with the two remaining petals on the opposite side.
  5. Gently bend your petals back, forming the flower. Cut one Center from your Marion Berry crepe paper. Roll and press your Center into a small ball. Using hot glue, glue at the center of your petals.

DIY paper flower cake topper - coral flower - Sugar & Cloth

  1. Cut one Stamen from your Marion Berry crepe paper. Fringe the top edge of your Stamen strip using your scissors. Roll into itself and wrap the Stamen bunch with your 16 G wire.
  2. Open and fold back your Stamen bunch, creating a center. Using your peach paint, paint the center of your Stamen.
  3. Cut one Center from your Coral crepe paper. Roll and press your Center into a small ball. Using hot glue, glue at the center of your stamen.
  4. Cut five Petals from your Coral crepe paper, stretch and smooth the paper grain from the center to the edge, to form a petal shape.
  5. Glue the five petals around stamen using hot glue.

DIY paper flower cake topper - marion berry - Sugar & Cloth

  1. Cut four Petals from your Marion Berry crepe paper.
  2. Stretch and smooth the paper grain from the center to the edge, to form a petal shape.
  3. Place hot glue on the bottom of one of your Petals. Set the tip of your stem wire in the glue, placing another Petal on top (paint side facing down) sandwiching the wire between the two Petals.
  4. Repeat with the two remaining petals on the opposite sides.
  5. Gently bend your petals back, forming the flower. Cut one Center from your Sweet Pea crepe paper. Roll and press your Center into a small ball. Using hot glue, glue at the center of your petals.

DIY paper flower cake topper - sweet pea - Sugar & Cloth

  1. Cut five Centers from your Marion Berry crepe paper. Twist tightly to create five small crepe paper ropes.
  2. Cut eight Petals from your Sweet Pea crepe paper.
  3. Place hot glue on the bottom of on of your Petals. Set the tip of your stem wire in the glue, placing the five twisted Center ropes.
  4. Place another Petal over the Center ropes, sandwiching the pieces together.
  5. Continue hot gluing the remaining petals around the flower. Paint the edge of your center ropes with your peach paint for added detail.

Compliment your blooms with fresh greens or silk foliage. Attach your greens to your paper flowers using floral tape. Trim down your wire stems to about 3 inches and insert into your cake. Now, it’s party time, enjoy!

DIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & Cloth

To keep the icing oils from wilting the paper or bleeding the colors, its best to coat the back of the flowers with a food safe shellac to prevent any oil stains or color bleeding! It also helps to wait to insert the flowers until just before your event!

DIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & ClothDIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & Cloth

You can always feel free to mix up the colors to your liking or the seasons, too! These flowers would make the perfect fall or Thanksgiving statement piece too!

Tutorial and photos by…

RachaelRachael is the founder of Appetite Paper, a resource for all things paper flowers. Find more of her tutorials and designs on her blog and shop!
DIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & Cloth

DIY Paper Flower Cake Topper

DIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & ClothDIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & Cloth

There is no shame in claiming box cake as your own (guilty!), but after many failed attempts in decorating, I, Rachael, have decided to leave the delicate frosted details up to the professionals! Instead, I’m going to show you an easy way to bump up your “homemade” cake to “party worthy” status with this DIY paper flower cake topper that you can definitely recreate at home.

Not only are paper flowers unmistakably original, but they’re also almost always served with a side of ooh’s and ahh’s come dessert time! All you need are ​a few simple materials to get started…

DIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & Cloth

DIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & Cloth

DIY paper flower cake topper - bubble gum flower - Sugar & Cloth
  1. Cut four Petals from your Bubble Gum crepe paper. Stretch and smooth the paper grain from the center to the edge, to form a petal shape.
  2. Using your peach paint, paint the center of your Petals.
  3. Place hot glue on the bottom of on of your Petals. Set the tip of your stem wire in the glue, placing another Petal on top (paint side facing down) sandwiching the wire between the two Petals.
  4. Repeat with the two remaining petals on the opposite side.
  5. Gently bend your petals back, forming the flower. Cut one Center from your Marion Berry crepe paper. Roll and press your Center into a small ball. Using hot glue, glue at the center of your petals.

DIY paper flower cake topper - coral flower - Sugar & Cloth

  1. Cut one Stamen from your Marion Berry crepe paper. Fringe the top edge of your Stamen strip using your scissors. Roll into itself and wrap the Stamen bunch with your 16 G wire.
  2. Open and fold back your Stamen bunch, creating a center. Using your peach paint, paint the center of your Stamen.
  3. Cut one Center from your Coral crepe paper. Roll and press your Center into a small ball. Using hot glue, glue at the center of your stamen.
  4. Cut five Petals from your Coral crepe paper, stretch and smooth the paper grain from the center to the edge, to form a petal shape.
  5. Glue the five petals around stamen using hot glue.

DIY paper flower cake topper - marion berry - Sugar & Cloth

  1. Cut four Petals from your Marion Berry crepe paper.
  2. Stretch and smooth the paper grain from the center to the edge, to form a petal shape.
  3. Place hot glue on the bottom of one of your Petals. Set the tip of your stem wire in the glue, placing another Petal on top (paint side facing down) sandwiching the wire between the two Petals.
  4. Repeat with the two remaining petals on the opposite sides.
  5. Gently bend your petals back, forming the flower. Cut one Center from your Sweet Pea crepe paper. Roll and press your Center into a small ball. Using hot glue, glue at the center of your petals.

DIY paper flower cake topper - sweet pea - Sugar & Cloth

  1. Cut five Centers from your Marion Berry crepe paper. Twist tightly to create five small crepe paper ropes.
  2. Cut eight Petals from your Sweet Pea crepe paper.
  3. Place hot glue on the bottom of on of your Petals. Set the tip of your stem wire in the glue, placing the five twisted Center ropes.
  4. Place another Petal over the Center ropes, sandwiching the pieces together.
  5. Continue hot gluing the remaining petals around the flower. Paint the edge of your center ropes with your peach paint for added detail.

Compliment your blooms with fresh greens or silk foliage. Attach your greens to your paper flowers using floral tape. Trim down your wire stems to about 3 inches and insert into your cake. Now, it’s party time, enjoy!

DIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & Cloth

To keep the icing oils from wilting the paper or bleeding the colors, its best to coat the back of the flowers with a food safe shellac to prevent any oil stains or color bleeding! It also helps to wait to insert the flowers until just before your event!

DIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & ClothDIY paper flower cake topper - Sugar & Cloth

You can always feel free to mix up the colors to your liking or the seasons, too! These flowers would make the perfect fall or Thanksgiving statement piece too!

Tutorial and photos by…

RachaelRachael is the founder of Appetite Paper, a resource for all things paper flowers. Find more of her tutorials and designs on her blog and shop!

Comments

  • Kate

    08.03.15

    Beautiful flowers! They look so sweet and charming!
    Amazing handcraft, as always :)

  • Julia

    08.03.15

    I love this idea! I’m not big on making sugar flowers either so I like the idea or something homemade but simpler to construct.

  • Denise

    08.03.15

    It looks so amazing, and doable! I love cakes and displaying them in a nice way, well, who doesn’t! I would love to try these DIY flowers on a cake!
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  • Laura

    08.03.15

    How do you keep the flowers from getting grease marks from the buttercream on them? Thanks!

    • rachael said:

      Hey Laura! This naked cake didn’t need too much help when it comes to protecting the paper flowers – but – when your icing the whole cake its best to coat the back of the flowers with a food safe polyurethane to prevent any oil stains or color bleeding! Feel free to email me if you want to chat more about paper blooms – rachael@appetitepaper.com – talk soon! rachael

  • Lynne

    08.03.15

    I’m wonder how you keep the paper from bleeding into the frosting? Also, like the comment above was wonder, how do you keep the paper from absorbing the butter/moisture and showing spots? It looks great in the photos but do you have a trick to prevent these issues?

    • rachael said:

      Hey Lynne! See the above response – your right, there is definitely a trick to making these paper cuties stay nice and strong! Since they are paper, it’s best to insert into the cake right before your event – They last a good couple of days in my experience – but it doesn’t hurt to be extra careful! Always here if you want to chat – talk soon! rachael

  • Terrell

    08.06.15

    I adore these flowers with this cake!! and well the flowers for everyday use as well :) Thank you so much for the tutorial. I also would like to ask how or what type of icing you used to create such a thickness between the layers. I’m doing a red velvet naked cake this weekend and would love to know how you did your icing to make it turn out this amazing. Thanks a TON!

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