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Christmas Forest Cake Topper

Are there any Christmas specials that you watch on TV every year? For my family the answer to that is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Everything about it is just perfect – the story, the soundtrack, and the animation. These DIY cake toppers were inspired by the aluminum trees that surround the small evergreen that Charlie Brown and Linus pick. Since that tree has a happy home, why not give some love to the trees that, according to Linus, “fit the modern spirit”?

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Materials: Various metallic scrapbook paper, silver crepe streamers, wooden skewers, hot glue gun, scissors, assorted circular objects (for tracing)
Step 1: For the silver crepe tree, cut a length of streamers in half lengthwise and cut the edge into a fringe.
Step 2: Hot glue the end of the fringe onto the wooden skewer, about 1 1/2″ down from the top (you can adjust this depending on how tall you want the tree to be).
Step 3: Wrap the fringe around the skewer several times and hot glue in place, trimming off the leftover fringe.
Step 4: Repeat step 2 and 3, working your way up the skewer. Be sure that each row slightly overlaps the previous one.
Step 5: Gently separate the fringes from each other, curling them outwards.

Christmas Forest Cake Topper | Oh Happy Day!

Step 6: For the simple cone tree, trace a circle onto metallic paper. For this tree, a a round ramekin was used.
Step 7: Cut out the circle and cut out a wedge as shown. The shape of your cone will depend on the size of the circle and the wedge you cut from it, so play around until you achieve a shape you’re happy with.
Step 8: Hot glue one side of the wedge and form into a cone shape.
Step 9: You should now have the basic cone – you can trim the bottom if the edges don’t quite match.
Step 10: Apply hot glue onto the top of a skewer.
Step 11: Place the cone onto the hot glue and let dry.

Christmas Forest Cake Topper | Oh Happy Day!

Step 12: Similar to the simple cone tree, cut three circles and cut wedges out of them. The tree picture used a jam jar lid for the circles.
Step 13: Hot glue one of the wedges into a cone.
Step 14: Cut small wedges out of the centre of the other two wedges – these will allow the finished cones to slide onto the skewer.
Step 15: Hot glue the final two wedges into cones.
Step 16: Hot glue the first cone onto the top of a skewer. Slide the other two cones onto the skewer as well – if they don’t quite fit over the skewer, use scissors to cut a tiny slit to widen the hole. If the cones fit snugly you won’t even need to glue them in place, but if they wiggle around hot glue them from the inside to keep them secure.

Christmas Forest Cake Topper | Oh Happy Day!Christmas Forest Cake Topper | Oh Happy Day!

  1. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    December 3, 2013

    I love a festive touch without the traditional red and green. Nice work!

  2. Megan

    December 3, 2013

    I’m so doing this! Love it so much!

  3. Krisztina @

    December 3, 2013

    Okay, that is the coolest idea. Love it!!

  4. Anne Evans

    December 3, 2013

    Great looking cake!

  5. Kate

    December 3, 2013

    Love this! These colors are so great.

  6. Chloe Crabtree

    December 3, 2013

    Just adorable! I love it, and it something I can accomplish myself! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Bianca

    December 3, 2013

    This is so stunning! :)

  8. Merissa

    December 3, 2013

    Lovely! May I ask what kind of cake (and frosting!) that is?

    • kathleen

      Hey Merissa! Bakers won’t want to hear this, but the cake is cherry chip from a cake mix and the frosting is Cool Whip. Shhhh 😉

  9. Crystal

    December 3, 2013

    What a cute cake topper! Definetely want to do this for a church Christmas party! The cake also looks delish!! Recipe?

    • kathleen

      Thanks Crystal! The cake is actually just cherry chip from a cake mix!

  10. Claudia Bernal

    December 3, 2013

    This cake looks just delicious! I would love to try it out. The decoration is real cute too!

  11. lyndsay // coco cake land

    December 3, 2013

    kathleen! um, CUTE ALERT! my favorite is that little silver fringey ribbon tree! totally looks charlie brown! :)

    love the way cool whip looks as a cake frosting, too! ^__^

  12. simplyblythe

    December 4, 2013

    we watch love actually each year and sometimes the polar express.
    we just got a copy of a charlie brown christmas as a gift, so perhaps a new tradition.
    love your blog, always.

  13. kate

    December 4, 2013

    I want to put these trees everywhere! So cute!

  14. Stacia

    December 4, 2013

    These are seriously so festive! Perfect for any holiday party.

  15. Sylvia

    December 5, 2013

    Absolutely love this idea! The cake looks so beautiful. I can see borrowing these little trees to decorate Christmas Logs, dishes of ice cream, pans of brownies, and just about anything I can find! What fun, so simple – and so perfectly “pennywise”!

  16. Cathy

    December 6, 2013

    these trees make me so happy

  17. Patty

    December 6, 2013

    Such a cute idea — we are trying to use it for center pieces but cannot find metallic scrapbook paper or silver streamers. Where did you find them?!

  18. Maya

    December 7, 2013

    Oh, what a great idea! Can’t wait to make some :)
    Thank you for sharing!

  19. Laura Smith

    December 7, 2013

    Charming, whimsical & modern! Love it!

  20. Indigo Colton

    December 9, 2013

    Hello! I wanted to let you know that I’ve featured your project in my holiday DIY roundup! You can find the post here: I hope you have a wonderful day!

  21. dessinatologue

    December 12, 2013

    This white cake is gorgeous !!! What a great decoration idea !

  22. Sherryl

    December 13, 2013

    Fabulous idea! I’m going to use it on my red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. It does remind me of a Charlie Brown Christmas – it’s so cool and modern! Thanks!

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