DSC_7907I have always relied on the old adage, “Necessity is the mother of invention”.  It is exhilarating to create something on the fly – something that didn’t even exist an hour ago.  And most times, what necessity requires you to invent is far superior to anything that could have been handed to you.  Some of the best ideas I’ve ever had, and some of the best situations I’ve ever been in came directly from a place where I had to be completely self-reliant and/or work to get myself out of a pickle.



Like I said in the previous post, I didn’t have any disposable cake plates on hand when I made the Old-Fashioned Cakewalk Cake for my son.

I had a choice: I could either pack up the baby and the difficult-to-manage four-year-old and run to the exchange, where I MAY OR MAY NOT find what I was looking for, then race home in time for the kids to come home from school….. Or I could just look around at the supplies I had and just figure something out.

Oh, perfect!  Foam core.  I love this stuff!

I used my favorite cake plate as a template….
DSC_7879Then traced out four rounds.  “Yes, four should make it sturdy enough”, I said to myself.

Then I went to my son’s modeling closet/workshop and stole one of his X-acto knives.  Which he had pointing pointy-side up in the organizing pocket without the safety lid.    “It’s a miracle I didn’t impale my finger there.  Going to have to have a talk with him about that….”.

DSC_7887Four rounds.  You kind of have to cut through it in layers, but you’ll get through eventually.

DSC_7890Hot glue gun.  The most revolutionary tool in home crafting since the invention of scissors.

DSC_7892And parchment paper.  Why do we need parchment paper?  Because we are going to put food on this cake board, and the foam core alone is not food-safe.  No need to take chances here.

DSC_7894Cover one layer of foam core with the parchment paper.  Careful not to burn yourself.

DSC_7896Your food-safe layer is going to be the top one, naturally.  Glue the bottom three layers together.  Now, before you glue the top layer on the board, you are going to want to add your design touches.


The only kind of decorative paper I had on hand was origami paper.  “Drat. Shouldn’t have gotten rid of all that scrapbooking paper.  Oh well, it will work”.  Glue the decorative paper around the bottom three layers.  I smoothed the paper over the hot clue with a pair of children’s scissors.  I can’t tell you how many times I tried to do this with bare hands.  That glue is hot!  Never touch it.  Ever.
DSC_7900Then glue the food-safe top on there.  Luckily I had some cute cotton fabric.  “This might just work”, I said to myself.

DSC_7902Two strips, because given the scrap I was working with, one would have been too short.  Tie them together and affix the knot to the back of the plate with hot glue.

DSC_7905Wrap each around a side, then affix to the front.  “I’ll make a nice little bow tie here”, I said to myself.  My son loves bowties.  Precious.

DSC_7907That worked out just fine!

DSC_8054And turned out to be better than anything I could have found at the store.  I’m really excited to make more of these!  The design possibilities are endless!  And since we have limited space and I cannot keep too many kitchen supplies, this will be a good way of adding variety to my kids’ birthday cakes without buying more cake plates.

I hope you try this idea soon!  Have a good day.

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