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Beach Cake Toppers

Now that it’s almost officially the start of summer, I think it would be so much fun to host a summer solstice party! Even if you’re nowhere near an ocean or lake, make these miniature chairs and umbrella to add a beachy vibe to your cake. (P.S. – How to perfectly frost a messy cake!)

Beach Cake Toppers | Oh Happy Day!Beach Cake Toppers | Oh Happy Day!Beach Cake Toppers | Oh Happy Day!

Supplies: Card stock (in two colors), ruler, drink umbrella, flat toothpicks, bone folder, pencil, scissors, paint, paintbrush, hot glue gun.

Step 1: Pop open the drink umbrella – if necessary, use a tiny dab of hot glue to keep it all the way open. Trim off the little white cardboard strips that extend past the edge of the tissue.
Step 2: To make a template for the new umbrella cover, trace the curved edge of one of the wedges and mark the umbrella center as well. Connect the curved line to the center point to form a triangle but trim the top point very slightly to accommodate the umbrella’s tip. Add a narrow curved extension onto the curved edge as shown below. Cut out.
Step 3: Tracing your template, make 7 more pieces. You should now have four in each color.
Step 4: Use the bone folder to make a crease in the curved edge. Fold the extension along the crease as shown.
Step 5: Hot glue the card stock pieces onto the umbrella – you won’t need much glue at all.
Step 6: Continue adding the card stock pieces until the umbrella is covered. I found the best way to do this is by doing one color first and then moving on to the second color. Note: Some of the umbrellas don’t have identically sized wedges, so if it looks like you may have gaps between some of the pieces, cut a new piece that is slightly wider to fill that gap.
Step 7: Time to start the beach chairs! Each chair needs toothpicks at the following lengths: -two 2 1/8″ (original length right from the box)   -two 1 5/8″   -two 7/8″   -one 3/4″  Also cut a piece of card stock into a 7/8″ by 1 3/4″ rectangle.
Step 8: On the longest toothpicks, put a pencil tick at the 1 1/2″ mark. On the second longest toothpicks, put the tick at the 7/8″ mark.

Beach Cake Toppers | Oh Happy Day!

Step 9: Use the tiniest dab of hot glue to attach one of each of the toothpicks together at the marks you just made, keeping a right angle.
Step 10: Apply a dab of hot glue onto one end of  the shortest  (3/4″) toothpick and attach it to the joint of one of the crosses you just made. Apply another dab to the other end of the shortest toothpick and attach the other cross in the same way.
Step 11: Stand up the chair frame – the largest L shape is where the seat will soon be. Hot glue the remaining two toothpicks between the ends of this largest L.
Step 12: Gentle curl the card stock rectangle around a pencil to give it a slight curve.
Step 13: Hot glue the card stock onto the toothpicks you attached last.
Step 14: Paint stripes onto the card stock set if desired.

Beach Cake Toppers | Oh Happy Day!Beach Cake Toppers | Oh Happy Day!

  1. Kati

    June 17, 2014

    This is one of and if not even the best DIY I have seen lately. Such a fun idea to top your cake with a summer and beach scene. And a really good excuse to bake another cake this week despite the not-so-beach-friendly calories.


    June 17, 2014

    This is so cute!!!Next post idea? The cake recipe!!!

  3. meg

    June 17, 2014

    Oh my gosh! These are just the cutest!!!

  4. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

    June 17, 2014

    heehee! kathleen these are so hilarious and CUTE! those little chairs would be so fun in a dollhouse, too! xoxo

  5. Nina

    June 17, 2014

    Those toothpick chairs are ridiculously cute!!!

  6. Vanessa

    June 17, 2014

    Super cute idea! Another good reason to make a cake soon (besides the obvious).

  7. Brittney

    June 17, 2014

    This is darling. I haven’t seen something like this before – and I can’t wait to do this for our next summer party. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Iris

    June 17, 2014

    So cute and so easy! Must try this summer!

  9. Cotton & Cream

    June 18, 2014

    Such a clever idea, looks great. I can’t wait to try it!

  10. Tavette

    June 19, 2014

    These are just the cutest! Matching umbrella and chairs – you gotta love it. Your tutorial and photos are wonderful. At first they looked maybe a bit time consuming, but everyone is gonna want their own set, so just set up an assembly line. I’m thinking you could also use little scraps of fabric vs paper.

    How about gummy bears sitting in the chairs sunning themselves (depending on how their size compares to the size of the chairs). YES! Or add some small sea shells to look like a “find” while the chair occupant is out looking for more.

    Thanks from Tavette – S. Florida

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    June 27, 2014

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