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DIY Balloon Cake Topper by top Houston lifestyle Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth
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5 from 3 votes

DIY Balloon Garland Cake Topper

We're bringing the balloon arch craze to your party table with this DIY balloon garland cake topper!
Total Time30 mins
Course: Desserts
Keyword: arch, ashley rose, balloon, cake, decoration, diy, garland, how to, party ideas, sugar and cloth, topper, tutorial
Servings: 1 balloon garland cake topper
Cost: $20

Equipment

  • Scissors or wire cutters
  • Cake stand
  • Floral wire

Ingredients

Instructions

  • To create the balloon topper, blow up an assortment of colorful 5-inch balloons in a variety of sizes. For an 8-inch round cake, you’ll need roughly 25 balloons.
  • When blowing up the balloons, make sure not to fill them more than halfway full to keep the balloon size proportionate to the cake. Knot the end of each balloon to close, just as you normally would.
  • Using a pair of heavy-duty scissors, cut a 2-foot section of floral wire.
  • Additionally, you’ll need to trim one of your skewers so that you have 1 x 8-inch and 1 x 12-inch skewer.
  • Wrap one end of your wire around the top of the 8-inch skewer a few times, until it is secure. Begin to knot the balloons onto the wire, adding one balloon at a time.
  • Make sure to scatter the larger balloons, so that they’re not all in one section. Play around with the positioning of the balloons, so that they don’t all face the same direction.
  • Once you’ve added all of your balloons to the wire, wrap the open end of the wire around your 12-inch skewer until it’s secure. Trim any excess wire.
  • Since you’re using a thick gauged wire, you’ll be able to add some additional shape to the garland by bending or twisting the wire. Play around with it until you’re happy with the shape.

HOW TO PAINT YOUR CAKE FOR ADDED DECORATION

  • For each desired color of buttercream that you want to add to your cake, add 1 drop of food coloring to a large spoonful of white buttercream frosting. Mix well until the color is combined.
  • To achieve the brushed buttercream look, add small dollops of colored frosting onto your chilled cake and gently smear each dollop using a small spatula.
  • For the painted dots, use a decorating brush (or an unused, food-safe paint brush) to add on small dots of frosting. You can also use a brush to create a mini version of the brushed buttercream.
  • If at any point while your painting your cake you notice that your buttercream is softening and preventing you from being able to easily add your colored frosting, put the cake in the freezer for a few minutes to re-chill it.