I am trying to be more on top of my preparations for the various things we celebrate through the year – instead of sitting up late the night before finishing them off. So here it is a week before Australia Day – the 26th of Januray, and my cake toppers are ready to party!!
Let me show you how I threw these together in record time. Yes, you really can make them that quickly. 🙂
First find yourself a kit to suit your theme. This awesome Australiana kit from Viva Artistry was made just for me….no not really, but I did ask for one and here it is. You can pick it up tomorrow at The Digi Chick should you fancy it for your Australia Day celebrations, scrapbooking a trip downunder or making a memory page about some Aussie friends.
Anyhow – lets get back to the cake toppers shall we?
This kit has the cutest stars in there so I decided to use them as the focus of the cupcake toppers. This is one way you can save some time when making a project. Look for an element in the kit that you can use without having to alter it.
After overlaying some of the stars with stamps and elements from the kit I printed them out. You will also notice that I printed some strips of papers from the kits. These are about an inch wide and run the length of letter or A4 sized cardstock.
Seriously – I eyeballed it so it’s not rocket science here. If you want them all perfect and pretty looking then make them all an inch wide. Remember this is a quick project! Cut all your pieces apart, and the strips too.
Ink up the edges – if you feel like it. If you are short on time then let them be. 🙂
Now score lines every 1/2 inch along the paper strips. You can use anything blunt, like the back of a knife or blunt pair of kids safety scissors – just stick a magazine or something a little soft behind it if you don’t have a score tool.
Cut a small circle of scrap card stock for the back.
Now concertina them up to make a little fan.
Stick some double sided tape to one end then join it up in a circle to the other end. It should look something like this.
If you look closely you will see I have used hot glue on the little card stock circle. This is what makes the project so much quicker. You can use liquid glue or even a glue stick but you will need to weigh the medallion down over night till it dries.
Let the glue cool slightly. It allows the medallion to stick firmly quicker – and saves burnt fingers. 🙂
Push the medallions down flat. Working with your fingers to hold the folds in at the top while holding either side at the bottom, then pushing down with one finger and easing it down. Hold it together and stick it down over the top of the glue on the little circle. Hold for a few seconds then set aside to dry while you work on the others.
Add your stars or chosen elements and wooden kebab sticks or extra long wooden toothpicks with the hot glue too. Again you can do this with any liquid glue. It will just take longer to dry.
Add them to yummy scrummy cream cheese topped carrot cupcakes (or whatever takes you fancy) and enjoy your party celebrations!
Oh – and to all my fellow Aussies out there – have a fabulous Australia day!
Other Articles by Shabby Shaz:
- Digital Layout to Paper Layout Challenge - July 3rd, 2010
- Digital to Hybrid Layout - June 28th, 2010
- Hybrid Key Holder - May 14th, 2010
- Wedding Gift Frame - March 5th, 2010
- Love Notes - February 14th, 2010