I don't know about you, but I am a big fan of giving a memorable gift. I am an even BIGGER fan of giving the small items people forget about on the registry. Maybe people feel cheap or like their gift will be unimpressive if they fill a gift bag full of random items. Maybe you already gave a gift at a shower, but you would feel bad if you came to the reception without a gift. The solution to all of these issues is the Tea Towel Wedding Cake.
This gift was about $20, and it took about an hour to make.
Here's what you'll need:
A cardboard box you can cut to serve as a cake base
Kitchen utensils (and if they can match, the effect will be better). I used:
KitchenAid VPeeler in red
Target wooden utensil set
KitchenAid measuring spoons
Matching scrapbook paper
2 File folders
Hot glue gun and sticks
3 Patterned tea towels, 1 matching solid tea towel
First, you'll need to make a form for the two tiers of the cake. Cut your file folder so that you have a nice, rectangular shape that can be formed into a cylinder. You'll want to make sure that you can fold your patterned tea towel around the surface area to form the first tier, and the solid towel for the top tier. Don't rely on the measurements on my paper trimmer. The measurements you'll need will depend on the size towel you buy. The picture is here to show you how I trimmed the rounded edges off and cut it while it was folded.
Let's say you took the smaller portion off the trimmer to make the top tier. You would open it up and connect the ends to form a cylinder and hot glue gun it together. You'll want to clip it together with binder clips and let it dry well before you start forming the towel around it (maybe duct tape would be better. To make a larger tier for the bottom, you might have to tape or glue another piece of file folder to make it larger than the top tier.
I would imagine these instructions might seem vague, but keep playing with how you can make the right sizes to get the result in the first picture. You'll see in the picture above that the tea towel is shorter than the folder. That's because you will be connecting the ends with tape or hot glue, so don't worry about that.
Once your tier forms are secure cylinders, you can start building the Tea Towel Wedding Cake.
Cut a circle out of your cardboard that is larger than the bottom tier. You might play with oatmeal containers or a plastic bowl to get a proper size and trace it onto the cardboard. Then adhere a same-sized piece of scrapbook paper to the cardboard.
WITHOUT THE TEA TOWEL ON IT, glue the bottom tier form onto the scrapbook paper covered cardboard. Press it firmly to make sure it's sturdy. Once the glue is dry, form the tea towel around the cylinder and fold over the excess into the center of the cylinder. This will cover the top edge of the cylinder and fill the inside a bit. The ends of the tea towel can be inserted inside of one another to close the gap, or you can use a needle and thread to sew a stitch to keep the tea towel in place. I did both. Sorry, I didn't get a pic. I was running late! Once you start fiddling with it, you will understand what I mean.
Form the solid tea towel around the smaller top tier the same way. If you don't feel like you can secure the top tier as is, then roll up one of the patterned tea towels and use it as a cushion.
Next, use the remaining towel(s) to flow out the top tier by folding it/them into a fan (just like you would have done with a piece of notebook paper in elementary school) and stuffing it inside the top tier.
Finally, you can start to add your kitchen goodies. You can either attach a card by hole punching it and tying it on with a ribbon, or you can write a message on the scrapbook paper base.
The bride will love this gift. The fact that it has KitchenAid gear sticking out makes it look like you weren't going cheap (even if you were). I'd love to see if any of you have made a Tea Towel Wedding Cake.