Beach Faux Cake Paper Towel Flowers

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One of my favorite bloggers Maysem of Ode To Inspiration made this fabulous faux cake, and I just fell in love with it! I loved her cake so much, I decided to make my own! I went with a beachy theme for mine since my decor lately has been leaning toward the seaside retreat look.

Beach Faux Cake Paper Towel Flowers

Beach Faux Cake


  • Round storage box
  • Linen muslin fabric
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Burlap ribbon strip
  • Fringe strip (cut from the edge of my muslin)
  • Light color rope twine
  • Decorative rocks
  • Starfish
  • Paper towels for the fabulous flowers (I used Bounty, they make the flowers really fluffy)
  • Spray paint primer
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue & gun
  • Rotary cutter & mat 
  • Scissors


decoupage hat box faux cakeSpray paint the storage box first with primer to hide the pattern on it. Cut the fabric with the rotary cutter to perfectly fit your box. Paint Mod Podge on box, carefully place the fabric over it and smooth out the wrinkles. Trim the frays.

To make the top edge ribbon decor I used a sheer burlap stripped ribbon, gathered it and hot glued in a swag pattern. The bottom edge is the light twine rope, hot glued to edge.

Paper Towel Flowers

paper towel flowerI had a hard time coming up with a flower I could live with, and after trying almost every style out there, I grabbed a paper towel and miraculously it worked for me!!!

Fold the paper towel and cut heart-shaped cuts on the fold, leaving them connected on the fold. Pinch the middle folds together and hot glue them to make the flower. I added hot glued pinches of the burlap sheer ribbon as the leaves. I just love them they are light and airy, the natural texture was perfect!

Lastly, add a burlap strip to center and hot glue, I also had a fringe strip I added, but I like it both ways.  Sprinkle some decorative rocks, add a starfish and that’s it! So cute and now I can have a fabulous cake centerpiece for any occasion, just place some matching cupcakes around it to make a great party table!

paper towel flower faux cake

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  1. 7.31.12

    Paper towel flowers? What a great idea, even comes with automatic texture. Love it!

  2. 6.7.12
    Tami @ Curb Alert! said:

    Thank you so much for linking up to our previous Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! I would love for you to link up again this week and look forward to what you have to share, the link is up and running all weekend.
    Thanks! Tami @ Curb Alert!

  3. 6.6.12
    Rogene said:

    Love the paper towel flowers!

  4. 6.6.12

    This is such a cute idea! Thanks for linking up at Well Crafted Wednesdays!

  5. 6.5.12
    Annie said:

    That is a beautiful cake! How unique!

  6. 6.4.12

    Now that is my kind of cake! Saves a lot of calories. I love the whole idea of having a faux cake to display on a cake stand. Love the burlap and flowers, great job!

  7. 6.2.12
    Natasha said:

    so cute!!
    Cant wait to see what you link up later today on Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xxx

  8. 6.1.12
    Susie said:

    Thank you so much for linking up in our Saturday Showcase this past week! We were thrilled to have you and hope that you stop back in on Saturday and link up more crafty ideas!

    Have a super weekend!
    Susie at Bowdabra

  9. 5.30.12

    JUST beautiful! I LOVE your style! Thank you so much for linking up at my place!!!! :)
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  10. 5.29.12

    Really clever! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  11. 5.28.12
    Home Decor DIY Craft said:

    This is another one of your aaaamazing inventions. love this!

  12. 5.26.12

    what a great idea, a clever way to decorate. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop Big Hugs xo

  13. 5.26.12
    Susie said:

    Kim, this is awesome! I love the tutorial, color choices and theme! Very fun!
    We would LOVE for you to stop over and link up this awesome idea in our Crafty Saturday Showcase. The Showcase runs Saturday through Thursday. Then our Designers will pick their top linked up picks and feature them on Friday! Stop over and join in the fun!

    Have a great weekend,

  14. 5.26.12
    Rachel said:

    How cute! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  15. 5.24.12
    Alyssa said:

    Your faux cake looks great. I really like the flowers made out of paper towels. I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday I hope to see you there!

  16. 5.24.12
  17. 5.23.12
    Katie said:

    Cute idea for the summer!! Thanks for sharing at {Homemade By You}

  18. 5.23.12
    Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said:

    Very, very cute! I’m going to share this on FB later today. Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party.

  19. 5.23.12

    THIS IS SO PRETTY! great tutorial too!

  20. 5.23.12
    Winnie said:

    Beautiful and very(!) creative
    Definitely a unique cake !:)

  21. 5.22.12

    Love your faux cake…so creative! Found you through Kammy’s Korner and happy to be now following via LF. :-)

  22. 5.22.12
    Heather said:

    what a cute idea for summer

  23. 5.22.12

    This looks really creative Kim, thanks for sharing.
    Following you from the hop.

Welcome to Made in a Day, I'm Kim, the home & lifestyle blogger, former wig stylist, floral designer, and now Park Lane Stylist behind the blog. Living seaside in Southern California, my blog is where I share my love of DIY coastal decor, digital art prints, fun fashion DIYs, and great recipes. I also write about my experience as a former wig stylist who now wears a hair topper!