This is a towel cake I made for my brother's wedding this summer. He and his wife were married on the beach and I used the towels they had on their wedding registry.
I used a combination of ribbon, shells, and flowers. I put a dowel in the middle to hold the three layers together. I secured the flowers and shells to a painted cardboard cake circular (between the cake layers) using hot glue.
I used corsage pearl pins to hold the towels together after rolling them. It helped that the towels were brown, giving it a more realistic cake look. I hope this idea helps anyone looking for a unique way to wrap towels from a wedding registry.
By Diane K from Leesburg, VA
Fake cakes rule! I made one for my sisters revow and then embellished it again for the fair. My daughter loved it so much she asked if she could have it for her gift table! Now, her sister in law wants one for her wedding!
Love may make the world go 'round and money might grease the wheel, but us creative people make it worth looking at!
I just saw this in WOMAN'S WORLD, MAY 19 2008 It has all the directions in making this "SPECTACULAR SHOWER GIFT.
( The bride to be will be double delighted when you present her with practical linens disguised as a towering Wedding Cake )
I love yours much better.
The directions that Woman's world had is:
Towel sizes vary, so you'll have to adapt our directions to suit your towels.
Aim for a 2"-3" difference in diameter from one tier to the next.
Fold 2 BATH TOWELS in half lengthwise and half again.
Fold 2 WASH CLOTHS to the same width.
Fold 2 HAND TOWELS, one in thirds, the other in half, lengthwise.
Fold 4-6 TEA TOWELS in half lengthwise.
Starting at one short end. carefully roll the HAND towels folded in thirds into a cylinder about 6" across. FASTERN securely with Pearl-Headed Corsage Pins.
Roll one Wash Cloth, roll the second over it, then add a Bath Towel, making a cylinder about 8"across; pin. ( same as above)
Roll into a cylinder about 11"wide, start with Tea Towel, then Hand Towels, the Bath Towels.
Adjust diameter if necessary by adding or subtracting Tea Towels.
Stack cake and pin tiers together.
At the base of each tier, pin on a band of 3" SATIN RIBBON, then 1" FLOWER TRIM, then PEARL BEADING. (3 yards of each). cutting each long enough for a 1" overlap at the back
Pin SCOLLOPED LACE TRIM around each tier's top edge, then add SMALL WHITE ROSES (get 24), evenly spaced about 3" apart.
To Do, trim off the stem, then push a pin through the rose's center into the cake.
Make a rosegay of SMALL WHITE FLOWERS about 5" high - 6"across. Trim stems to 3", wrap with WHITE FLORAL TAPE, Slip stems into center top.
Tie a bow of 1" RIBBON (1yd)
Pin to cake at top.
I had posted my Faux Wdding cake earlier but that was not the finished product. Here are the instructions again...
My Fiancé Ken and I just pushed up our wedding date from November 1st to October 5th. So we don't have a lot of time and most definitely not a lot of money. We just found out that Ken's son has enlisted in the Marines and will be leaving on October 17th.
So one of the many ideas I have swimming inside my head was a how can we cut the cost of a wedding cake? So why not a fake 3 tier box cake and then have a sheet (real) cake in the back. The idea is to have a slot on "cake" and have note cards for our guests to put thier well wishes into or they can use it to put wedding cards into. This way we still have the feeling of a cake but not the expense. Here's what I did...
1 (top) box - Wedding Card box from the dollar store (what a lucky find!)
1 (middle) box - Toy Castle from the dollar store (this needed to be put together and was a little bit bigger)
1 (bottom) box - case of beer that holds bottles (not the one for cans)
*Wire ribbon - 3 spools, white in color, from dollar store
*Tulle - 15 yds cream in colored, from dollar store
*Silk flowers - 4 packs, cream in colored, from dollar store
*Pull Bows - 3, white in color, from the dollar store
Glue gun and pins.
4 x 4 Square craft foam hollowed out at the top. This is to secure the wedding topper.and wrapped with netting.
Cover the beer box with white computer paper. Spray painted the toy castle box white. Stacked the boxes according to size, I made sure the slot in the top box faces the front not up. This way I can put a wedding topper on the top. Take tulle and start wrapping snuggly from the bottom up until you get a nice smooth look. You also want to include the top and cut and glue down and cover with ribbon the tulle when you get the slot in the box. Kinda play with it a bit to make sure it's all even.
Take the white wire ribbon and wrap around the bottom of the each box and secure with glue gun. I took the silk flowers and put them in the middle of the bottom tier and on the center tier, I found this wonderful ribbon that had my fiancés and mine favorite colors in it and centered that on the center tier.
I cascaded the pull bows on each tier. Next to the top bow I'll have our cake topper that has our initials on it and in each bow I'm going to have 2 little charms with my kids names on it and the other bow I'll have 2 little charms with Ken's 2 kids initials on it also.
This is our third time around for both of us... :-)
This IS the finished Product..
This is a really neat idea...I have made 2 so far and the one I am posting is out of a cheaper towel that I mail ordered from Penneys for my daughter shower a week ago. None of mine look like the above pictures, but I don't think either was bad and they certainly make a nice centerpiece for a shower. I bought some little things to go on it at A.C. Moore. I would say that anyone could make one. I certainly am *not* a craft sort of person so if I can, anyone can!
Cool idea! Lovely cake!
I so much want to see the cake by picture sounds beautiful! Please post a picture.
Picture just showed up! So creative!
WOW! What a terrific idea! That's just beautiful!! Who'd a thought you could make towels look like this. This is really a great idea, Diane. Thanks for sharing.
Hmmm, nice effect!
You are good!
Wow, you are very creative!
Hi. I saw some before, but yours is fantastic. You got talent. I just wish I had just a drop of yours. It was also so rich, like you could have taken it to a rich persons wedding and it would go beautiful with it. (sorry had other words spelling bad).
OMG! Thats is just simply beautiful. And with all those embelishments on it they make great gifts for her to use in her home. You are so creative it looks so elegant! Pat yourself on the back for that one! thanks for sharing.
This is an absolutely great and creative idea. Sometimes at a shower, the wrapping and embellishments can get costly. This solves that problem nicely. Would love to get one at my own shower....
This is very nice. Have you thought of selling these?
What a super idea! Well Done! Great talking point for guests! Very creative! Best wishes from UK
Wow, beautiful work on all of them.
Hi, I'm hosting bridal shower party theme Hawaii but I love your creative Hawaii beach towel cake. That's perfect. What I like that style. That's a great job, smile!
Beautiful! Great idea!!!
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