Are you feeling the return of the ’70s vibes? Bright colors, flower power, retro lettering—we cannot get enough. So we’re calling this the Spring of Love and celebrating with a chicks rule party and this extremely groovy cake with DIY daisy cake toppers. Here’s how to make your own…
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
CAKES OR CUPCAKES COVERED IN WHITE FROSTING (YOU COULD ALSO TRY A NAKED CAKE) (BUT YOU COULD ALSO JUST ASK THE BAKERY TO FROST A CAKE FOR YOU)
WHITE HALLMARK TISSUE PAPER (NOT SAYING YOU COULDN’T GET ALL FANCY AND DO LOTS OF DIFFERENT COLORS)
1″ STYROFOAM BALLS (1 for each daisy)
ROUND TOOTHPICKS (8–10 for each daisy)
WOODEN SKEWERS (1 for each daisy)
YELLOW, GREEN, AND WHITE ACRYLIC PAINT
CRAFT GLUE (OPTIONAL)
PAINT PALETTE OR PAPER PLATE
FOAM BLOCK OR STYROFOAM EGG CARTON
Paint the stems and centers
Start by painting the balls yellow and the wooden skewers green. Leave a few inches of the pointed end of the skewer unpainted for food safety. Let those dry.
Optional: Paint the toothpicks white, too, so the wood doesn’t show through the tissue paper. This is an admittedly fussy step, but that’s who we are.
Stick the blunt end of the skewer into the ball before you paint them, the poke it into a foam block or upside down Styrofoam egg carton to dry.
Making a bunch of petals
Draw your own petal shape—basically a teardrop with the pointy tip cut off. You can make it long and lean or short and squatty.
To get more bang for your cut, fold your tissue paper a few times and trace the petals before you cut them out. You’ll want 8–10 petals per flower, and you’ll need two pieces of tissue paper for each petal.
To make each petal:
- Put a tissue petal on a piece of scrap paper and paint it with Mod Podge.
- Center a toothpick on the petal with a little bit of one of the pointed ends sticking out.
- Smooth another tissue petal over the top.
Stick the petals in the foam block or egg carton, or lay them flat to dry.
Putting the daisies together
With the yellow center firmly on the green skewer (add some glue if it seems wobbly), start adding the petals.
- If you want the petals evenly spaced, start by putting two directly across from each other. Then center two more at the top and bottom. Then fill in, placing the new petals a little behind the others to add dimension.
- Trim the toothpicks if they’re starting to bump into each other inside the ball.
- Add a little glue to secure the toothpicks.
Poke the daisy cake toppers into your cake or cupcakes.
To make a big impact, scatter three or five of them on top of your cake.
A single flower on a cupcake is JUST. THE. CUTEST. (You’ll notice we coordinated the cupcake liners with the stems and petals.)