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DIY Cake Bunting Topper Decorating Ideas

Updated on February 14, 2015
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

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Cake bunting is a fun, inexpensive way to customize or personalize a dessert for virtually any occasion. People who are crafty and enjoy simple DIY projects will love putting together cake bunting for the next Valentine's Day or family birthday party. It's a great method for adding an extra special touch to a special occasion.

Please note that there are very few, if any, video tutorials available for making cake bunting. However, there are a number of videos about making larger decorative bunting, such as bunting for a mantel or fence. It is relatively simple to modify or adapt these tutorials for cakes.

Happy crafting and baking!

Consider the following factors as you design your own cake bunting.

Just a Few Ideas
Shapes
Occasions
Lettering
Materials
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DIY Paper Bunting Banner Tutorial

Shapes

Some of the most popular shapes for cake bunting include triangle pendants, hearts, flags, and circles. Of course you don't have to stick to these ideas. There is no limit to the possible options. For example, check out the carnival ticket cake bunting link below. Carnival tickets are the perfect choice for any circus themed event.

Are you making your cake bunting out of paper? Instead of cutting out each shape individually, consider using paper punches.

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Tip: This concept is applicable for cupcakes as well as regular cakes! You just have to scale it down a little.

Occasions

Birthdays seem to be the most popular occasion for making cake bunting. Valentine's Day is also high on the list. Of course, again, there is no reason to feel limited to these options. Everything from St. Patrick's Day to a med school graduation is fair game. It is not hard to customize existing tutorials for different occasions, such as switching up the colors or the wording. Taking this extra personalization step can make a big difference when it comes to tying together a party theme.

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Owl Themed Baby Shower Pendant / Flag Banner Tutorial

Lettering

Lettering is not a requirement for cake bunting, but it can add a fun touch. Many people use scrapbook letter sets (i.e. stickers, rub on) or digital scrapbooking tools, such as Cricut machine, for their letters. There are also free printable letters available online, such as the set linked below. Typically people put one letter on each triangle pendant or other shape. Consider including numbers, such as an age for a birthday, and/or symbols, such as an exclamation point, as well.

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Mickey Mouse Birthday Banner Tutorial

Materials for the Bunting

Popular options for the material bunting include paper, washi tape, ribbon, and fabric. All of these materials are inexpensive and readily available at big box craft stores and online. It is not difficult to find colors and patterns to suit specific events and occasions. As cake bunting is a small project, it can be a great way to use up scraps from other projects.

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Materials for Supporting the Bunting

It can be easy to get caught up in making the bunting without thinking about how you will attach it to a cake. Baker's twine and ribbon are popular choices for stringing bunting while bamboo skewers and straws are frequently chosen options for holding up the bunting. Some people dress up their skewers by putting the skewers in the cake first and then putting decorative plastic or paper straws over them.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the great idea.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wow! All cakes look wonderful and of course they must be delicious as well.

      Thanks for sharing the idea of these great decorations!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Glad you enjoyed, Mhatter!

      Thanks, CitrangadaSharan! I'm sure that the cakes are delicious, too. :)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful ; thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is such a beautiful and different idea! I can especially imagine using it for a teen girl/cheerleader type cake. Glad you shared this!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Eddy!

      FlourishAnyway, this would be a great option for a teenage girl. Thanks!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      What an interesting idea and one I never considered for cake decoration until now! Thanks so much for sharing these great collection of ideas with gorgeously chosen photos. Always the thorough professional, congrats my friend :-)

      UUI and shared!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm glad that I was able to share something new with you, Suzie! I always appreciate your sweet feedback. Take care. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You always have such great ideas woven into beautiful hubs. I love all the photos. It's neat all that can be done to decorate cakes. Well done!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I really appreciate that, Vicki! Yes, for sure!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful creativity. Thank you for sharing the how-to. Voted Up!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, MsDora! Glad you enjoyed.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Very cool idea, they all look great and creative. Guess that's where you get the name:)

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful! I have to try this for my next cake decoration.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, thelyricwriter! :)

      Thanks, Thelma! That's great.

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      Lisa McKnight 3 years ago from London

      These bunting ideas are great. I hadn't thought of doing that before :)

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Eliza! I'm glad that you got a new idea from this article. :)

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      Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These cakes are so pretty. I would have never thought to do this. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Jeannie! I'm glad that you got some new ideas from this article.

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      Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Love these!! My favorite is the ruffle cake, the topper could not be more perfect! I love throwing and decorating theme parties, so I will have to find a way to incorporate a topper like these with my next. Great hub!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Better Yourself! A topper is a perfect addition to a themed party. Best of luck with it. :)

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      Inda Blackwell 24 months ago

      I love the addition of a bunting to my cakes! Voted up! Thanks for some inspiration!!

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      Rose Clearfield 24 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, indanila! I'm glad to hear it!

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