{DIY Party Projects} Mini Cake Bunting Tutorial & Free Printable Alphabet Pages!

We are sharing something super fun to celebrate our big milestone of reaching 10,000 fans on Facebook! I can’t explain how thrilled I am that you love what we are doing here on The TomKat Studio and that you are telling your friends about us, too! If you aren’t a fan on Facebook yet, JOIN THE PARTY HERE!
I enlisted the help of one of my favorite party girls, Sharnel Dollar of Sharnel Dollar Designs to share a fun MINI CAKE BUNTING tutorial with you! She created one (below) recently for a party and I fell in LOVE! If you don’t know Sharnel, you should. This fabulous party girl is full of ideas and style. I swoon over her gorgeous dessert tables, party styling and projects!
Along with her instructions, I have designed several printable PDF alphabet pages that will work perfectly for this project! I also took a few shortcuts when I created my own bunting to celebrate our 10,000 fans! So, check out her tutorial and below you will find my shortcuts!

What you will need:

2 Bamboo Skewers
2 Striped Paper Straws
Embrodiery Thread

Download and print the free printable alphabet pages of your choice on cardstock. Cut out bunting flags and arrange them in order on a flat surface. Thread your needle with embrodiery thread (it’s perfectly ok to make funny faces when completing this task.) We pre-punched two holes on the top corners of each flag to make it easier to push the needle through the card. Embrodiery needles aren’t sharp enough normally to pierce without making a mess of the card. Thread each of the flags from the top row then pop the needle through one of the straws. Take the needle off the thread and re-thread the other end to enable you to attach the loose end to the remaining straw. Place your skewers in your cake and then insert the straws over the skewers. Tie the end off with two or three knots to secure the bunting in place. Continue this with the remaining bunting.

My Tips:When I made mine, I used a few shortcuts. I didn’t have time to pull out a thread and needle, so I designed the flags as foldover diamonds so that I could secure the folded flags over thin ribbon with double-sided tape. I didn’t have skewers on hand, so I used 6″ lollipop sticks instead. Then just tied the two strings of bunting on the straws. It was really easy and super fun!

Here’s the fun part!
Download your FREE printable alphabet flag pages now!

Download PASTEL pages HERE
Download BRIGHT pages HERE

Download BOLD pages HERE

fyi…in the scribd preview, the letters appear to be lopsided but when printed they are not!

Thank you to Sharnel for this fabulous idea! I would also like to thank Melissa at Decadent Delights for the gorgeous cake, Laura Winslow for the fabulous photos, Smeeks for the fab photo shoot location & paper straws, Sally at Polka Dot Market for the Balloons, and Serena, our intern for making the adorable mini pinwheels for the cake stand!

Looking for cake bunting with custom fonts/colors?
Coming soon to the shop! Email us for information!


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    Mindy says

    Adorable!! I am not seeing them on teh site to download so I may be doing something wrong. I will check later!! ūüėČ

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    Pocket Full of Parties says

    Thank you for the tutorial and the free printables…I fell in love with mini cake bunting the second I first saw it!

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    The Beynon Family says

    What a great idea! I just made these for my daughters birthday party. I just bypassed using the skewers all together and just stuck the straw into the cake and tied the ribbon to the straw! Easy and so cute! Thanks!

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    Julie says

    I love this bunting but I can’t seem to find the link to them on the website. When I go to scribd it’s just a jumble of links and no pictures? Anyway to dowload them or use a different link? I would love to use these on my sons birthday cake this weekend. Thank you!!

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    Mariana de Almeida Machado says

    Hi Kim, I love DIY projects. I really wanted to lower the flags but I can not. Below is the message that appears on Scrib. This link has been corrupted or is otherwise invalid. Help me, please!

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    Sabine says

    Dear Kim,

    I’m a new fan from germany!
    I really love your little cake bunting flags and tried evrything to download them, but it isn’t working at all.
    I really would apreciate your help or let me know, if there’s another way possible to get them.

    Thanks in advance

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    angela gran says

    I,ve been searching for free printable mini bunting template for my daughter’s 4th birthday! Finally I saw your site. This is so amazing!

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    Thank you so much for these- exactly what I’ve been looking for to finish off a Birthday cake I’m making next month!

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    Elaine says

    Thank you so much for sharing the bunting templates. I used them for my son’s 2nd birthday cake at the weekend and everyone commented on how fab it looked….they couldnt believe I’d done it all myself (with a little help from Tomkat of course!)

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    Tracy says

    I love love love bunting – this is perfect for my son’s colour party!

    I am struggling to download it though. I have installed scribe and the git the “books”, but can’t seem to get them to print?

    Hmmmm. Maybe I will have to go onto a computer to see….?

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    Belle says

    I am not understanding how to print the printables. There is no way to edit the PDFs and one would need to print all the alphabets on one page to get one single flag in one color and alphabet. That’s quite a waste of ink and cardstock to assemble “Happy Birthday” in different colors. Anyone has any idea of how to get around the problem?


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