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Mini Kite Cake Toppers DIY: Kite Party

These Mini Kite Cake Toppers are perfect for the kite-themed kids party we’ve been showcasing this week. (See the other posts here and here.) I love them because they feel like they are flying! I’m a big believer in focusing on a few memorable details and then not worrying too much about the rest of the party. They’re easy to make and add a fun punch of color. See the full instructions and photos below.

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Materials: Colored Tissue Paper, Flat Hobby Wood, Colored Cardstock, Quick Dry Tacky Glue, Scissors, X-Acto Knife, Thin Wire, Spool of White Thread

Step 1: Using an X-Acto knife, split a piece of hobby wood down the middle. Repeat this process until you have 2 super-thin strips.
Step 2: Cut out a small kite shape from a piece of tissue paper.
Step 3: Cut out 2 tiny triangles from a piece of cardstock.
Step 4: Cut out an 8-in. piece of wire and wrap it around the spool of thread.
Step 5: Remove the wire and stretch it out.
Step 6: Measure and cut the super-thin strips of hobby wood down to the size of the kite so they reach from top to bottom and side to side.
Step 7: Glue down the longer piece of wood from the top point of the kite to the bottom point of the kite.
Step 8: Glue down the shorter piece of wood from one side point of the kite to the other.
Step 9: Place a thin line of glue along the bottom of one of the paper triangles and attach it to the right side of the vertical wooden stick on the kite. Repeat this step on the left side of the stick.
Step 10: Cut out three super-thin strips of tissue paper.
Step 11: At the top of each thin strip of tissue paper, place a small dot of glue and attach them together to make a tail.
Step 12: Glue this tail to the bottom of the kite (below the paper triangles.)
Step 13: Glue the end of the curled wire between the two triangles.
Step 14: Place on top of the birthday cake!

Photography by  Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Stacy Wichelhaus
Crafting by Jessica Heywood

Styling by Caitlin Barker

  1. giulia

    May 16, 2013

    these are actually incredible! they do look like they are flying! so cute:)

  2. Limestone fireplace

    May 16, 2013

    such a nie idea of kite as a cake topper! xo
    – Vinnie

  3. PARIS BEE kids blog

    May 16, 2013

    Yay, adding these kite ideas for future reference!!

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  4. Liese

    May 16, 2013

    These look incredible, so cute and dainty! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Chelsey

    May 16, 2013

    These toppers are so sweet!

  6. Bellenza Bistro

    May 16, 2013

    Few things say ‘summer’ more festively than kites! Fabulous idea. 🙂

  7. Kate

    May 16, 2013

    I like these most as cake toppers.

  8. ayo

    May 16, 2013

    fantastic i really love this post

  9. lyndsay

    May 16, 2013

    cuteness!! they really do look like they are flying – love the wobbly bent wire, too – helps give them that sense of movement! ^__^

  10. angel swanson

    May 17, 2013

    oh this makes me smile!! so sweet & whimsical!!

  11. Timeless Elements

    May 17, 2013

    I must say classic.
    These people are incredible, these kites look real.

  12. Natalie

    May 17, 2013

    What a sweet cake topper idea! I love how you can use tissue paper in any color to match any party theme. The wire also helps the kites look like they are actually floating. Thanks for sharing.

    Natalie @

  13. Peonies and Pancakes

    May 18, 2013

    Am planning my husbands 30th birthday party which is coming up in a little less than 3 weeks. Although I wont be placing mini kites on his cake, this has given me some ideas : ) Thanks for sharing, as always!

  14. Lisette Henry

    May 18, 2013

    this is positively adorable!
    It’s taken me a long while to pluck up the courage to say: I look forward to reading this little slice of pie which Oh Happy Day! calls home.. and when there aren’t new posts.. I trawl through the archives of beautiful ideas, photographs and smiling faces.
    Thank you for making my day a happy one indeed!
    Lisette Loves x

  15. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    May 20, 2013

    Mini versions are the cutest!

  16. El Cajón de las Especias

    May 20, 2013

    That most beautiful toppers! We love!

    Surely the kids will really like. Very Easter jeje.

    ‘Spicy’ greetings

  17. jet

    May 21, 2013

    aaaaw this is cute. I have made many years ago mini kite earrings.
    They are still a big succes, but i love this one as well.
    it’s making me smile.
    so thank you for the sharing and to make me having a smiling day;-D

  18. Sweet Harvest Moon

    May 23, 2013

    Love this!

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