7 Simple Steps to Making Your Own Personalized Cake Banner
I’ve been seeing pictures (on Pinterest, because I’m addicted and I have soooo much free time) of cakes with these perfectly cute flag banners flying proudly on them proclaiming things like “Happy Birthday” or “Congratulations” or “I not only pulled together this amazing party and baked this delicious cake but I also hand-crafted this cake banner!”. Okay, so I made that last one up, but honestly, who has time to make a banner for a cake? The answer? You do! Seriously. I thought it was going to be time-consuming and a huge pain in the cake batter, but it turns out that it only took a few minutes once I had my game plan in place. It’s the perfect, personal touch to really drive home how amazingly talented you are. And, it’s super easy. I promise.
I started by gathering my supplies. I used scrapbook paper, a rotary cutter and a mat, sewing thread and a needle, a thumb tack and a cork board, a marker for writing my message, and a few cake pop sticks.
*You could absolutely use fabric instead of paper, scissors instead of a rotary cutter, fancy printed letters instead of a permanent marker…no rules here. I just want to give you the basic idea and then it’s up to you to let your creative imagination run wild.
1. Decide on the size of the flags and cut them out. Consider cutting a few extra for spaces between words.
3. Add your lettering to the flags.
4. Cut a length of sewing thread (or embroidery thread or bakers twine) twice the length you want the banner to be. I doubled my thread because I thought it would have a nicer look and I wanted a little hang-off of each side.
5. Thread your needle and get to work, checking the order of your letters so it ends of saying “Happy Birthday” and not “Drippy Bath Hay”. I “sewed” mine so that the thread was behind each flag instead of in the front, but that’s a personal preference.
6. Get your cake pop sticks (or wooden skewers) and using a pair of scissors, notch a small indentation around the top of your sticks. I just held the stick in my scissors with a bit of pressure and twisted it around in a circle. This is just a valley for the string to sit in after you tie it on so that it doesn’t slid down.
7. Center your flags on your thread and tie the ends to the support poles. Viola! Your banner is ready to be inserted into the cake – or meatloaf, I suppose. No rules, remember? Use your imagination, be creative, go wild.
In case you’re wondering about the cake, it’s an Oreo Cake and I’ve included the recipe. It’s rich, it’s sweet, it’s cookies and cake. How could you go wrong?