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Carnival Cake Topper DIY

Did you know Carnival Day is coming up? It’s February 26th of every year. I didn’t know it either, but it is! Celebrate a birthday with this carnival-inspired cake topper, made with those plastic letters commonly seen as refrigerator magnets.

Carnival Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!Carnival Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!Carnival Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials needed: Alphabet letters(I found mine at the dollar store, and they didn’t have the magnets in them, but if they did you can pop them out), a dremel, bright colored pipe cleaners, pom poms, glue,  striped straws, 12″ bamboo skewers.

Step 1: Using a /8″ drill bit on a dremel, carefully drill tiny holes at the top left and right sides of each letter. You may want to do a test run on a letter you won’t be using. Be careful to secure the plastic letter before drilling it or it may go shooting across the room. If the letter has interior edges (H, for example), be sure to drill those too. *If you don’t have access to a dremel, you could simply hot glue gun the letters to the pipe cleaners.*

Step 2: Thread one pipe cleaner through the letters of “Happy.” Thread a second pipe cleaner through “Birthday.”

Step 3: Twist the right side of the two pipe cleaners together and bend them down.

Step 4: Add a little dab of glue to the ends of the pipe cleaners, and insert into a straw. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the left side, making sure that the lower level of pipe cleaner hangs down below the upper level.

Step 5: Glue a pop-pom to the top of each straw.

Step 6: (not shown) Slip the two straws over two 12″ bamboo skewers, which you can then stick into the cake.

Carnival Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!Carnival Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!

PS: Wouldn’t it be fun to send your guests home with a big, red foam clown nose as a favor?

Photography by Tim Gibson

  1. Jesse

    February 20, 2014

    oh what a festive party this would be!

  2. Valerie | Lily on Fillmore

    February 20, 2014

    toooooo cute. though i am absolutely terrified of clowns (which carnivals immediately remind me of), it would be fun to have a carnival themed party!

  3. Kyra Faulkner

    February 20, 2014

    Awesome! New to your blog — found it through the Homies awards + I love it already. I’m just a few hours north up in Chico. I’ll have to look through your San Francisco posts for adventure ideas.

  4. abigail

    February 20, 2014

    I love this!

  5. maggie

    February 20, 2014

    Oh my gosh I love this. And circus peanuts! Those bring me back!

  6. Krisztina @

    February 20, 2014

    SO CUTE!! I love it. I really love the lion’s mane on the tiger.

  7. Laura

    February 20, 2014

    So creative!! I’ve sort of been obsessed with little circus animals lately. Thanks for sharing another creative way to use them!
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  8. Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence

    February 20, 2014

    This such an adorable and creative idea! Brought a smile to my face. 🙂

  9. lyndsay // coco cake land

    February 20, 2014

    chiara – i LOVE it! once again, such a bright, fun and creative cake topper! xo

  10. Mel

    February 20, 2014

    Just did a carnival theme party this past weekend. Red, yellow, blue tablecloths. Multiple colored streamers hung in the doorways. Helium balloons (we blew them up with the canister). And we gave out red clown noses, as well as a variety of carnival type toys. The boys had a ton of fun playing with a parachute, knocking down cans, throwing animals through the “flaming” hoop of death, walking on stilts, running a clown dressing relay. This cake would have been the bomb. We had one with some baloons and confetti.

  11. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie

    February 21, 2014

    This is SO cute! Love anything carnival! 🙂

  12. Maria G.

    February 22, 2014

    The cake looks really cute! My son adores everything that is at least slightly connected with the circus. I guess I will borrow this idea for his next birthday! I think he will be extremely happy!

  13. Paulette Leto

    February 25, 2014

    Carnival Day, you say? I had no idea such a thing existed, but I think it’s pretty cool! I wish there was a carnival around here sometime soon.

  14. Pam B.

    March 2, 2014

    This is adorable! What did you use for the mane on the tiger to make a lion??

  15. HannahF

    March 2, 2014

    Love these! I’m giving my niece a circus/ carnival themed 2nd birthday party. Do you have any DIY ideas to plan a great party for the kiddos???

  16. HannahF

    March 2, 2014

    Love the hats too!

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