Today’s post is a tutorial about how to make a faux woodland cake for any occasion and although it does take a bit of time to put together, it’s a beginning level project that anyone can easily do. I used to create these and sell them in my shop at Shabbyfufu and I hope that you’re inspired to create something similar!
Rose petal cakes are not something that you see every day, in fact I don’t know if I’ve ever seen them before…but I made many back in the day! The one that I’ve show here today is obviously for Christmas…
You can create yours for a wedding with a wedding cake topper added or in pink for Valentine’s Day or just leave it plain and display on a cake stand.
Above is one that I sold in my shop years ago, and today’s DIY FAUX CAKE project is similar.
As I was researching I found a super cute topper (tap on photo below to shop the look) that I think would look great for Valentine’s Day. I may do one of these myself!
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Here is what I started with and I should tell you that I’ve collected miniature and small bits for crafting for a number of years. You can generally find similar items on Etsy, Amazon and craft stores and I have linked some above. I didn’t have a small enough cake form, so I took a block of 4″ styrofoam, traced a circle (from a pot lid) and cut with a serrated bread knife. I would recommend buying the cake form…it’s a lot easier ;-))
My hand cut “cake” was rough, but it doesn’t matter because I would be covering with the silk rose petals.
Start at the bottom and just start hot gluing around the cake from one end to the other in a circle. Then keep going around the cake adding more petals until the entire outside of the cake is covered. Be generous with the silk petals and don’t leave gaps for the styrofoam to show through.
Once you’ve covered the outside glue petals on the top as shown until no more of the styrofoam shows. You could just leave it like this and it’s pretty as it is…don’t you think?
As you hot glue, please be careful and if you have a glue gun with two temps I’d recommend using the low setting. The heat will melt the foam, so the lower temperature should be better. Press the petals to give some dimension and of course…be careful not to burn your fingers! I always keep a towel (rag) to use between my fingers and the project close by and a bowl of ice water will help if you do get a drop of that hot stuff on your skin.
Next it’s time to play! The rose petal gluing can be a bit tedious, but creating your vignette on the top is the fun part. I just worked with what I had and glued some small bottlebrush trees covered in mica, vintage white deer, a small cardboard putz house, cardboard fencing, and a vintage Christmas flower on the side for depth. Since the deer had tiny feet I made sure to glue a couple of rose petals around them to anchor them. Just be sure everything is securely glued down before the next (and final) step.
Take some spray adhesive (buy in a can at the craft store) and lightly spritz any areas that you’ll want to add your mica flakes to. Put a small amount of mica flakes in your hand and sprinkle on the areas that you’ve sprayed. I love mica glitter flakes but you can also use German glass glitter (see my tutorial for MAKING YOUR OWN GLITTER or craft store glitter.