If you’re a Pinner on Pinterest like we are you’ll have noticed how popular Banner Cake Toppers are these days. If you’re not sure what they are they’re the string of miniature flags strung together on posts and stuck into cakes. I love the idea! It’s more fun than writing “Happy Birthday” on the cake itself.
You can buy these Banner Cake Toppers at most party stores and online. They start at about $8 for a basic kit. But what you can buy are the generic types that say “Happy Birthday” or “Just Married”. If you’re looking for something personalized with names or themes you may have to special order them, meaning they’ll cost way more.
But really they are so simple to make and won’t cost you nearly as much if you DIY it! I made this topper for my grandson Devon’s 8th. Birthday. It turned out a bit too big because I thought they were going to use it on his full sheet cookie cake, but they decided to put it on a 9″ round cake instead. Next time I’ll make a smaller one.
I used chipboard Micro Pennants for this one, mainly because I had a pack of them I had gotten as part of a craft store grab bag I got on New Year’s Day. Each pennant measure 1 1/4″ x 2″, that’s why it would have been perfect for that sheet cookie. But you don’t need to use chipboard, you can use card stock, construction paper, or what ever paper you have on hand, just cut out small triangles. This is less time consuming, using chipboard that was natural colored involved painting them, but on the other hand I didn’t have to cut out 18 tiny triangles. I had a good time painting them and chipboard is much stiffer than card stock or paper.
Anyway the basics are the same whether you use chipboard, card stock, construction paper, or plain paper. The idea is to use small triangles, rectangles, or whatever shape you want. Because I used chipboard I painted each pennant with Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint. For the letters I found stickers at Walmart that worked perfectly, you can also hand print the letters on the pennants if you like, or even leave them blank.
Here’s how I made Devon’s Banner Cake Toppers, and really it cost me nothing because I used supplies I already had in my craft room!
Triangle cut from paper, chipboard, or card stock in your choice of colors (if you use chipboard you may have to paint them the color you want)
Paint & Brushes (if you’re using chipboard)
Baker’s Twine & Yarn Needle
Straws, Bamboo skewers, chopsticks, or dowels
Cut out triangles about 1″ on the top side and 1 – 1 1/2″ in length. (or whatever shape you want). Cut enough shapes for each letter of the words you are spelling. If you are using card stock or paper cut the shapes out in the color or colors you want. Quick hint: You can even use paper or card stock with patterns or designs. You can get really creative with this.
If you are using pre-cut chipboard you may want to paint them to your desired color or colors. That’s what I did. Be sure you paint both sides!
Then using a something pointy, like an ice pick, make a small hole on either side of the top corners of the triangles or what ever shape you are using. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Print your letters or place your stickers on each pennant.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Thread Baker’s Twine in to the needle and string the pennants together. Leave enough twine on both ends for tying and make the twine long enough to allow for some slack so the pennants drape in the center. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Tie ends to straws, dowels, bamboo skewers, or whatever you are using to hold the pennants up. Stick the straws into the cake arranging it the way you want. The example above isn’t the best, but you get the general idea!
I love these Banner Cake Toppers! You can use them to dress up any cake. Best of all they’re super easy to put together and you can have lots of fun with them. You can put any kind of message you want or add the celebrant’s name to make your cake extra special. It’s a great idea for Mother’s Day next month, Father’s Day in June, Grad Parties, Baby and Bridal Showers, or just because days!