Sunday, July 1, 2012

Boxed Wedding Cake

Well, it's finally July, 2012. That means it is wedding month for our family, the month we have been planning and waiting for. Our son will be getting married in two weeks!

I have wanted to make a faux wedding cake for my dining room table since he got engaged last fall but it has taken me until this weekend to bring the ideas from my head to material form. Now that it is completed I can see that it was meant to take this long so it would be fresh for these last two weeks to enjoy. You know how sometimes we make things and are disappointed with the results? Well, this is a surprise because I am very happy with the way this cake turned out! This is the first time I have attempted to make anything like this.

27 inches high by 14 inches diameter at the bottom

Years ago I worked with an amazing art teacher who made this faux wedding cake for a bridal shower she hosted for our music teacher. I had always remembered this cake she made out of fabrics, pearls, cord, and tulle because I had thought when my kids get married I want to make a faux cake to decorate the dining room table, just for the fun of it.

So when the proposal came last summer, I knew I wanted to make a cake. But how?

I played with towels and just couldn't get that right. Then I thought about using boxes, spray painting them white and decorating them. Sherry from Decorating with Cents creates amazing things with her spray paint and boxes and gave me inspiration for this project. (Thank you, Sherry!).  

So I found some boxes lying around in the storage room. I wanted it to be a tall cake since my dining room ceiling is so high. I got out my hot glue gun and glued the tops and bottoms together.

Then I spray painted them white. This was my first time spray painting. I did it outside way in the backyard because I was afraid I would get paint on things that didn't need it (besides myself). I probably should have started with an undercoating, but I just used the paint for several coats.  

I didn't take any more photos until the end result (I forgot - I guess I was too excited to decorate it!) I bought a garland of pink and white flowers from Michaels to go with the wedding colors.

I bought a 10 yard bolt of 4 inch white satin ribbon. It's not only beautiful but it covered lots of flaws on the boxes. I started at a corner on the back on all three boxes and folded the ends over and glued them down with the hot glue gun. I ironed one end of the ribbon after measuring and cutting it so it would lie flat after being glued onto the box.

At each end of the garland is a plastic circle for hanging it so after gluing them down, I made large bows with the ribbon to cover them. The only two areas of the garland that are glued down are the ends. It is strong and lays perfectly. I played with it to make the flowers and leaves lay on the boxes just right.

Only two more weeks!


  1. OH MY!! This is gorgeous, Patty. I've been meaning to stop by since this morning and I'm finally here. WOW!! This is such a pretty work of art, and of love. Your joy is so clear throughout every picture and every word. It bounces off the page. I especially love the elegant simplicity of the white.

    Many, many, many blessings to Danny and all of you. May you savor each and every moment of the magical days ahead.

    Much love,

  2. Those wedding cakes are really beautiful and mouth watering. I love it! I also love the flower designs around it. Thanks for sharing this post to us.

  3. What a clever idea.....awesome job....tfs

  4. What a sweet idea! Memories in the making. Sally

  5. What a great idea! Love the way it turned out!

  6. Hi there! thanks for stopping by...and now here I am. This cake is beautiful...and such a great idea! Congratulations to the bride and groom! They are such a nice looking couple!
    I am following back!

  7. Oh my word, this is unreal. So beautiful and so creative. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  8. OMG! Patty it's beautiful! Thanks so much for the shoutout and congrats to groom & bride.

  9. Patty, I really like how this turned out. I actually prefer it to the fabric one. The boxes look more sophisticated and much cleaner. Nice job! Thanks for coming to our party!

  10. Now that is a cake that would not go right to my butt! Thanks for linking to the Hot Fun in the Summertime party.


  11. Hi Patty, wonderful faux cake. So pretty and I love the flowers you chose. Thanks so much for linking to Hot Fun in the Summertime. Hope to see you next week.

  12. Happy Pink Saturday, Lovely faux cake centerpiece. I too love the flowers. Have a wonderful week and best wishes to the bride and groom. Joyous Wishes, Linda

  13. It's lovely. I would like to copy this and feature you on my wedding blog. I think if there was a slit in the top box it would be a great card box. What do you think? Hugs!

  14. Your guest post is up and looks great thank you xo


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