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Tightrope Walker Cake Topper DIY

We’ve all seen our fair share of two-sticks-and-a-piece-of-string-cake toppers, so this topper is simply a visual pun on the idea. This string, in this instance, is the tightrope – and a pretty little water-colored lady is about to take her first cautious step out onto it. It’s simple to make and it will make everyone smile.

Tightrope Walker Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!Tightrope Walker Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials needed: White card stock, watercolors, paint brush, scissors with a sharp point, bamboo skewers, string, and glue

Step 1: Follow this link to Vintage Printable’s Female Aerialist. On the lower right side of the screen, click “View Full Size.” In your printer setting box, change the scale of your printout to 75%, and print it out onto white card stock.
Step 2: Watercolor the “Aerialist” in the colors of your choice. Let dry.
Step 3: Carefully cut out the figure. Tip: Cut just on the INSIDE of the edges, so there is no white edge showing when you are done.
Step 4: Cut out the negative space where her body, right arm and her stick meet.
Step 5: Tie string to top of skewers, with about 10″ between knots. (If you have a smaller cake, you can make this distance smaller.)
Step 6: Glue her left foot to the top of the left skewer. Let dry.
Step 7: Let the party begin!

Tightrope Walker Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!Tightrope Walker Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Photography by Tim Gibson

  1. Becca

    February 27, 2014

    Oh this is the best! This might be my favorite cake topper I’ve ever seen. Love the tightrope!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  2. Natalie De La Vega

    February 27, 2014

    Hi! I’m so loving this and been a follower for some time! I’m doing either a 5 de mayo birthday party or a fiesta party but I don’t want it to look tacky. More creative than anything else. Do you have any posts related to that theme?

  3. Valerie | Lily on Fillmore

    February 27, 2014

    i think oh happy day has pretty much made up my mind that i’ll be doing a carnival themed birthday party this year…. allllll the way in august. lots of time to plan (and diys to do!) before then! 😉

      • jordan
      • February 27, 2014

      Ha! If you do, send photos!

  4. molly yeh

    February 27, 2014

    this is the best. simply the best. you win the internet.

      • jordan
      • February 27, 2014

      This was all Chiara’s idea. She’s amazing!

  5. Birdy& Bambi

    February 27, 2014

    How cute! I am in awe!

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  6. kate - Bo+Belle

    February 27, 2014

    This is really cute!!!

  7. Renee Shuman (@frolicchocolate)

    February 27, 2014

    one of the cutest things EVER. reminds me of victorian paper dolls i used to have as a kid. thanks for the diy tutorial, this would make a great saturday afternoon craft!

  8. Taryn Elise

    February 27, 2014

    What a gorgeous idea! So unique!

    – Taryn Elise xx

  9. Ellie

    February 27, 2014

    Hahaha this is such an adorable idea!

  10. Gwen

    February 28, 2014

    That is fantastic! It’s such a simple, but whimisical idea!

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  12. chelsea

    February 28, 2014

    So adorable!

  13. Georgina

    February 28, 2014

    I really like the simplicty of this, stunning yet elegant 🙂 Not quite sure I’m as artistic with thewatercolours as you are though!

    Georgina x

  14. Shobha

    February 28, 2014

    love this idea!!! you have just made my day! i need to bake an ‘action and adventure’ cake for my son’s boy scout troop and was floundering around for ideas. thank you so much!!!

  15. Megan

    March 4, 2014

    OMG!!! We love this. Seriously, so cute.

    ~Megan & Sydney (Sister Style)

  16. lyndsay // coco cake land

    March 6, 2014

    brilliant as always chiara!! xo

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