No 35: the Paper (Source)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I don't anyone who doesn't enjoy an afternoon at Paper Source once in a while, and they always have creative and beautiful ideas for your wedding. In the next few weeks, Paper Sources all over the country will be having wedding demos and workshops. The information, on Paper Source's website, is here.
A card box shaped like a cake is one of my favorite Paper Source projects. I have instructions for a "cake" covered in wrapping paper, but I think the vanilla colored scalloped and round stackables from Paper Source would be just as lovely without wrapping. Instructions as follows (to make a box without wrapping, simplify):

Supplies: Three round boxes (a small, medium and large)
One roll of paper gift wrap

Mod Podge Glue

Four yards of ribbon
An assortment of trims (artificial flowers, velvet leaves, etc)

Tools: Small foam paint brush
Exacto Knife

Glue Gun

: Lay a sheet of your wrapping paper print side down. Place your boxes on the paper (bottom side down) and trace around each box using a pencil. Carefully cut out each circle.

Measure the height of each box, and cut a strip of paper as wide as the height of your box and long enough to wrap completely around the circumference.
Turn all three boxes over, so the bottom of box becomes the top of your “cake tier”. You won’t be needing the lids to the two smaller boxes, just the lid for the largest box which will be the bottom tier of your paper cake.

Before you begin gluing, be sure to protect your work surface. Mod Podge
can be messy. Apply an even layer of Mod Podge to the top of one your cake tiers using a small sponge brush.

Carefully place your paper
circle on the top of the box (in the glue). Smooth out any air bubbles. Don’t worry about small wrinkles. They should flatten out as the glue dries.

Glue the paper circles on the tops of the two remaining cake tiers.
Use the same gluing technique to adhere the paper to the sides of each cake tier. As you wrap the paper around, it’s more important that the paper lines up with the top of the tier rather than the bottom. The bottom edge will be concealed with ribbon later.

When all three tiers are covered in paper, brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on each tier’s papered surface. This will give the cake a subtle luster and smooth down any edges you may have missed. If you would like a richer surface, apply several coats of Mod Podge. Be sure allow at least fifteen minutes for the Mod Podge to dry between coats.

On the top of the largest tier, as close as you can get to the edge, use a Sharpie Marker to draw a “slot” large enough for a card to drop through. CAREFULLY cut out the slot using an exacto knife. It can be helpful to use a small metal cork-backed ruler as a guide when you cut.

Decide how you would like to have each cake tier positioned, then use your hot glue gun to glue them into place. ( Be very careful not to burn yourself when handling your glue gun.)

At the bottom of each tier, wrap and glue down a length of ribbon. Glue a ribbon along the edge of bottom cake tier’s lid. This lid becomes the bottom of your paper cake and makes the deposited cards accessible.

Decorate your cake! Select your flowers, leaves and trims, and use your hot glue gun to glue them into place. You canplace a traditional cake topper on the top of your cake, or create your

I don't remember exactly where I found these instructions. Maybe D.I.Y. Bride? Wouldn't that be a fun afternoon of ribbons and glue?


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