Wednesday, June 29, 2011

DIY ~ How to Make Personalized Baking Hats

Are you ready to learn how to make some more goodies from our Cake Boss Party

Last week I showed you how to make the cute little cake stands, and today I'm back to show you how to make these adorable little personalized baking hats that were such a tremendous hit! 

First, I'd like to say, that total inspiration credit goes to the fabulous blog, One Charming Party.  The original idea was all theirs...I just tweaked it a little.  If you're not familiar with that blog you should check it's!!!

Okay, so here we go.  How to make your own personalized baking hats.

Here's what you'll need:

Baking hats (of course!  I ordered mine from, standard size baking cups (white and any other colors you may like), mini baking cups, iron-on transfer paper, an iron, glue, scissors and large safety pins.

Type each child's name on the computer, save it as a picture, then flip it so it's a mirror image.  (See photo above).  If you don't have a photo editing program that can do this, is a free service and has this feature.

If you like the font I used, it's called "pharmacy" and can be downloaded for free here.

Once you've got your image reversed, resize it as necessary so it will fit on the brim of the hat.  Print it out on a test page until you're sure you've got it the size you'd like it to be, then print it on the iron-on transfer sheet following the manufacturer's instructions.  (I sized mine to be 2.5" x 4"). 

Sidenote:  Try to fit as many names on one sheet as you can to get the most from your transfer paper.  I only used one in the photos just as an example.

Next, you'll want to cut around the graphics, place them paper-side-up on the hats, and iron them on according to the manufacturer's instructions. 
Then, just peel the paper off, and voila!  Your little hat is now personalized and pretty!  :)

Making the flower for the hats is an activity for the kids, but you'll need to have the bases ready for each of them to begin the project.

To make the bases, flatten out 3 white cupcake liners, then use glue to secure them on top of each other.

Flatten 3 more liners.  Fold them in half, then fold them in half again until they look like little pieces of pie.
Use glue to secure the pieces to the 3 flattened liners. 
These are the bases that you'll give the kids.
Set them out along with the hats and a variety of cupcake liners and the hat making station will look something like this:

When the kids are making their flowers it's great to let them have creative control.
Allowing them to choose their own liners leaves them feeling super proud!
Here are some guidelines for helping them along.

They'll use the same method that you did for building the base; flattening out the liners, folding them into pie shapes, and securing them to the base.
As a guideline, we used 3 standard size cups in one color, then 3 more standard size cups in another color, and 3 mini cups in a third color.

It helps to kind of "fluff" the liners open a bit after they're all glued down.
Isn't that cute?!!

Then just use a large safety pin to secure the flower to the hat.  ADORABLE!!!

And even cuter on!  :)

Be sure to check out the other fun tutorials from this to make adorable ruffled aprons and how to make super cute, inexpensive cake stands!

Monday, June 20, 2011

{DIY} ~ How to Make a Cake Stand

The response to our Cake Boss Party has been tremendous!
Thank you all so much for your kind words!

(If you missed the party in the previous posts, don't worry! 
You can find the adorable details here and here).

There were quite a few DIY projects included in this party that you party peeps wanted to learn about, so we're kicking off the first of a few tutorials with details on how to make the cake stands pictured above.

They are SO incredibly easy to make, and thanks to the dollar store, unbelievably inexpensive!

I created cake stands for all of the little girls at the party for less than $20!  Gotta love it!

Here's how you can do it, too:

From the dollar store I picked up white melamine plates and glass candleholders (one for each cake stand).

Then I headed over to WalMart for some white spray paint ($3-$4 per can) and a tube of E6000 glue.

Create an area outside or in a well-ventilated area where you can paint your candlesticks.
I used an old pizza box so I could easily move the candlesticks inside the garage between coats.

I thought that I would need to rough up the surface of the glass so the paint would stick but it ended up adhering just fine with no prepping at all.

SO easy!  I think I applied 3 or 4 coats of paint to make sure they were covered nicely, allowing the paint to dry between coats.  Here's how they should look when they're all painted:

Next, squeeze some of the E6000 glue around the top rim of the candlesticks.
I would do this outside, also, because the glue is pretty smelly.

This glue is very gooey and tacky so try not to get it on your skin.

Immediately stick the candlestick to the center of the bottom of a plate, applying pressure to adhere.

Allow to dry upside dries fairly quickly.

When they're all done, you'll end up with little cake stands that look like this.

How simple, right?!!  Now all they need is cake!

The little Cake Bosses took care of that:

Pretty little project with an even prettier price tag!  :)

Be sure to check out the other fun tutorials from this to make ruffled aprons and how to make personalized baking hats!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cake Boss Party ~ Part Two

Just in case you didn't get your fill of cuteness in Part One of our Cake Boss Party yesterday, we're back today to make sure you do!

In the first post you saw the girls decorate their little baker hats, fancy up their aprons, and decorate their own cakes.  So stinkin' cute!

Today I'll share pics of the Cake Boss Challenge they participated in (a baking-themed scavenger hunt), the adorable little frames they painted (which would eventually hold a pic of each of them with their cakes), the gorgeous favor boxes and the awesome birthday cake!  Details for all of these activities will be posted on the website, so stay tuned! 

Ready for round two?  Here we go!

For the Cake Boss challenge the girls were given clues that led them to stations where they had to perform various baking and cake decorating tasks, resulting in them each creating cakes to be displayed in the bakery window.  It was a team effort where everyone was a winner.  Take a peek:

Doesn't this just look like such fun
It truly was just as awesome as it looks, and the birthday girl declared it to be the best birthday party ever! 
There is no greater compliment!  :)

All of the party details can be found on our website,  you can follow these links for DIY info for the hats, aprons and cake stands, and you can purchase our Baking Party printables here!

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