Colorful DIY Graduation Cake Plates

HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

I recently shared with you a fun and colorful graduation frame that you can personalize – and now I want to show you how to make some DIY cake plates to take your graduation party in a box a step further! Yes, you can use creative supplies along with Snapfish’s party kits to make everything you need for a special, personalized party that your guests will love: the “party in a box!”

 

These cake plates can be customized using your favorite paint colors (whatever coordinates with your party) as well as any of Snapfish’s fun party kits. The sky’s the limit with this project – the basic instructions will work for any theme you choose! Learn how to make them below.

 HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Supplies

  • HP Officejet Pro 8600 AiO Printer Original HP Ink
  • HP Premium Inkjet Matte Presentation Paper
  • Snapfish Party Kits – I used the “Reach for the Stars” collection. You will use the Party Banners, Cupcake Toppers, and Drinking Straw Flags in the making of the project. The Cupcake Wrappers and Tent Signs are also pictured
  • Wood surfaces to make three cake plates – 12” round plate, wood candlestick, 6” wood plaque, 3 wood feet, pre-made MDF wood cake plate kit
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Acrylic paint – colors to coordinate with your party kit
  • Spray primer – white
  • Embroidery floss – any color
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hole punch – small
  • Paintbrushes
  • Drill
  • Craft glue or Krazy glue

HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Step 1

The first step is to print out all of the graphics you are going to need for your projects on HP Premium Inkjet Matte Presentation Paper. I used a wide variety of printables from the Snapfish Reach for the Stars kit.

 

HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Step 2

Start with your smallest plaque – paint it with your chosen color. Give it several coats and let it dry.

 

TIP #1: You’ll use a very similar method to assemble all of your cake plates. It’s really easy! The only difference is that for any MDF cake stands, you should spray paint with a white primer before painting.

 

HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Step 3

Paint the legs of your small cake stand with a contrasting color that coordinates with your printables. I chose metallic tangerine. Give the legs several coats and let them dry.

 

HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Step 4

Using craft or krazy glue, adhere the legs to the bottom of the wood plaque as shown above.

 HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Step 5

To create a design that you can decoupage to the center of the plaque, choose a round object in your home (like a glass cup) and place onto the top of your printable – this one comes from the Party Banner kit. Trace and cut out using the scissors.

 

HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Step 6

Paint a medium layer of Mod Podge Matte on the top of the plaque.

 

HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Step 7

Immediately place your cut out on top of the plaque, smooth and let dry for 15 – 20 minutes. Then paint a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the entire plaque and let dry.

 

HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Step 8

The wood plate and the candlestick holder will be your next cake plate. Paint the candlestick with the color of your choice (I used teal) and the wood plate with a contrasting color (I used light blue). Give them several coats and let dry.

 HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Step 9

Use a small drill to add 8 holes to the outer rim of the plate. Then, turn the plate upside down and glue the candlestick to the base as a stand. Let dry and put to the side. Time to work on the third cake plate!

 

HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Step 10

My final cake plate was an MDF cake plate kit. I assembled according to the instructions, then glued it all together.

 HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Step 11

Trim the drinking straw flags to fit on the base of your cake plate. Adhere with Mod Podge, let dry for 15 – 20 minutes and then put on a top coat. Let dry.

 

HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Step 12

Now go back to the second cake plate. The final step in assembly is to punch holes in the cupcake toppers using the hole punch, then secure to the wood plate through the holes you drilled using embroidery thread. Trim the loose ends.

 

HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Your cake plates are ready to display! Here you can see them pictured with the cupcake wrappers and table tents from the party kit.

 

HP Create DIY Graduation Cake Plates

 

Food should not be placed directly on crafted surfaces – instead, you should have a wrapper on your food or a tray underneath. There are also food safe paper doilies for this purpose.

 

I’d love for you to make this project too and share it in our Idea Exchange!

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