Tuesday, August 16, 2011

{DIY} Tutu Cake Stand

We recently celebrated my daughter heading to Kindergarten with a Kindergarten Rocks! party.  To go along with the theme, I made a rock star cake which I displayed on a cute cake stand dressed with a tutu...perfect for your glam rock star divas!

Today I'm going to show how to make this simple, but fun & rockin' cake stand!

You will need:
1 spool of tulle 
ribbon (not smaller than 5/8")
hot glue
glue dots
cake circles (3-4 in size needed for cake) (more info below)
wrapping paper or scrapbook paper
large can (more info below)

The first thing you will need to do is make a Cake Board using cardboard cake circles from the craft store that are glued together. Please follow my recent tutorial for detailed info here. You will follow the directions up until the ribbon. There's no need to attach a ribbon since we will be doing that with the tutu!

Next, measure your ribbon around the perimeter of your board and cut to size. I found this cute rock star ribbon at Walmart and based my cake design on it!

For the next step you will need to hot glue your tulle onto your ribbon. Place your ribbon with the design down, pleat or bunch up the tulle to give it some "pouf", apply a generous amount of glue to the ribbon, and then hold your tulle until the glue has seeped in and adhered. Do this in small sections at a time.

Be very careful not to burn yourself with the hot glue when it seeps into the tulle! I did the first few times until I figured out how to hold it towards the top while pressing from the underside of the ribbon. It took me just under an hour to complete the gluing on a 10" cake board and I used close to 3/4 of the spool of tulle. 

I started out not cutting the tulle off the spool and just unrolled it and pleated as I went along. But I found that the tulle kept getting in the way. It seemed to work better when I cut the tulle into large pieces and worked with it a piece at a time instead.

Once your skirt is complete, you can trim the top edges to neaten it up if you like.

Now it's time to attach it to the cake board. You can use hot glue if you want, but I chose to use glue dots so that I could remove it and save it for another use later. Plus it was just too cute to throw away ;)

In the next steps, you will create the base to attach your board to.

I made a very inexpensive base for my cake stand by using an extra large tomato sauce can from my pantry. Make sure the scale is right for your base. In other words, don't put a 10" cake board on a little bitty can of corn ;) Also be sure that the can is FILLED so that your stand will be sturdy enough to support your cake. Then wrap your can in coordinating wrapping paper or scrapbook paper.

Finally, attach the base to the board using either hot glue or more glue dots and you ready to put your cake on!

With the right ribbon, this would easily make a pretty stand for a princess party as well! Perfect for any glam girl :)

I hope you enjoy making this fun tutu cake stand
 as much as I did!

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  1. Love Love Love this!! So cute! Would love it if you linked it up to our Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings party going on now thru noon tomorrow! What an amazing project!!


  2. I just LOVE this idea! My baby girl is turning a year old next month, and I just might have to use this cute tutu for her cake. :)

    I found you at Tatertots and Jello and adore your blog! I'm your newest follower and can't wait to look through more of your cute posts. I'd love for you to stop by my blog this weekend and link this up with So Sweet Sundays! :)


  3. That is freaking adorable! I don't have a girl but I wish I did!! LOVE the whole theme!

  4. Thanks everyone for stopping by!
    @Melanie...thanks so much for the invite! I've linked up :)
    @Walking by Faith! I hope you do make it and post it because I would love to see how cute it turns out! I will be linking up w/ you this weekend!
    @Coley...thank you so much!!

  5. Cute idea! I'm going to try this for our next birthday party.

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  7. Jennifer I would LOVE to see how yours turns out :)

    @Macy...thanks so much! I love your new "featured" button so I will have to go & grab it :)

  8. Thank you Little Blue's Room! So glad you stopped by :)


  9. Thanks...this was great! Came in handy tonight...I wanted a ballerina tutu cake stand! It turned out so cute!


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