Ruffle Some Feathers

Of course we love using crepe paper to make gorgeous paper flowers, but there are so many other lovely creations that you can make with the material. Our maker Jessica came up with this beautiful ruffle cake design that is perfect for wedding and bridal shower decor! If you want to have a ruffle cake at your wedding, making a paper version is a great way to include a wedding cake display without having to ruin your pretty decor by cutting into it. Plus you can keep the cake after your event as a reminder of your special day!

Also, here are two ideas for crepe paper cake toppers, the simple cluster of pretty buds we have included in this tutorial below. We will share the pattern and full version of the tutorial of the jumbo crepe paper peony flowers in an upcoming post so stay tuned.

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
  • Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat
  • Ruler
  • Straight Pins

Materials

  • Crepe Paper [Double Sided: White & Vanilla, Blush & Chiffon, Peach & Petal]
  • FloraCraft Foam Cake Rounds [8″, 10″, 12″]
  • White Floral Wire
  • Two 4″ Skewers

Steps

  1. Gather the tools and materials listed above.
  2. Using a rotary cutter, cut the crepe into 2″ strips with the grain running perpendicular to the cut. You will need five 40″ strips of dark peach (Peach), five 32″ strips of medium peach (Chiffon) and four 26″ strips of light peach (Vanilla). 
  3. Ruffle the edges of the paper by gently stretching along one edge, pulling toward you and away as you go. What our Crepe Paper 101 video for visual guidance on stretching the paper! 
  4. Ruffle four strips of each color of crepe. 
  5. Start covering the bottom cake layer using the darkest color of crepe (Peach). Pin the strip of crepe around the cake form, creating a wavy line that mimics the fluidity of frosting. 
  6. Attach four overlapping strips around the cake layer using hot glue and pins. Overlap in a way that is organic and fluid.
  7. Fold the fourth crepe strip under the bottom of the cake and pin into place.
  8. Flip cake and attach the fifth (non-ruffled) strip around the top perimeter. Use pins to hold into place. 
  9. Repeat process with medium cake layer (using Chiffon crepe) and small cake layer (using Vanilla crepe).
  10. Glue ruffles together where needed so that they are flush with the cake. 
  11. To cover the top of the cake, cut a 9″ circle from the light crepe (Vanilla). The circle should be about 1/2″ bigger than the cake form. 
  12. Tuck the edges of the circle around the styrofoam and glue the ruffled edge to the circle to hold it in place. 
  13. Stick a skewer into the bottom of the small and medium layers.
  14. Assemble the cake layers.

Download the printable instructions at the bottom of the post for Steps 15-20 on making crepe flowers to top the cake, or follow the photo tutorial below for visual guidance to making your DIY ruffle cake!

Tips

We used our double sided crepe for this project instead of our extra fine paper so that the cake’s ruffles could have a bit more structure. Find links for the exact papers we used in Shop this Project below, or browse all of our specialty papers in the shop. We love that the ombre color scheme can create some added visual interest. As you are crafting you’ll notice that we attach the crepe to the cake forms with sewing pins – this is because hot glue doesn’t stick to foam very well. After you finish making the cake, follow our tutorial to make these crepe flowers, or add any crepe flowers that you would like using the tutorials in our crepe paper flowers section

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If you are looking for dessert inspiration to pair with your DIY faux cake, find our tips for setting up a fabulous DIY cupcake bar at your wedding. We would love to see photos of the crepe ruffle cakes that you are crafting, so please share them with us on Instagram using #DIYDreamingWithLia! Do you have an idea for a project that you would like to see on the site? Let us know in the comments below. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily glimpses of our latest projects, or become a member of our community of creatives to start handcrafting your life with us. We can’t wait to see what inspires you! ~ Lia & Team

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