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Make a mailable slice of cake – Cake postcard tutorial

Source: www.sheknows.com –  by Sandra Denneler

Cake - postcard 1I have so many friends and family members that always say “I wish you could mail me a birthday cake!” … well, now I can send them a slice.

Imagine how happy and excited you’d be, if you went to your mailbox one day and pulled out a slice of cake. Now you can surprise friends and family (and probably even your mail carrier), with this three-dimensional, mailable postcard, cleverly disguised as cake. With only five ingredients in this crafty recipe — a large sponge, spray paint, caulk, spray adhesive and heavy paper — it’s a piece of cake. Literally. Postage is around $3 per slice, but the reaction from the recipient will be priceless.

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Supplies

Materials needed to make two cake postcards:
•1 large sponge (yellow paints the best)
•Serrated knife
•X-Acto or utility knife
•Spray paint (brown, yellow, pink or white)
•1 tube acrylic latex caulk (brown, cream or white)
•Spray adhesive (3M Super 77 works great!)
•Cardboard, kraft paper or scrapbook paper

Instructions

1 Cut sponge into wedge shape

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With a serrated knife, using a sawing motion, cut a sponge into two, cake wedge shapes. Large sponges can be found at hardware stores and in the automotive departments of most big discount stores.

2 Cut a center groove into sponge

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Using an X-Acto or utility knife, cut a section of foam from the center of the sponge. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just cut a wedge big enough so that you can add a line of caulking there later.

3 Paint the sponge

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Paint the sponge wedges in desired color. (Brown looks the most realistic, but pink and yellow are fun too. White was probably my least favorite.)

4 Trace the slice of cake

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When the sponge wedges are dry, trace around them on a piece of cardboard, kraft paper or colorful scrapbook paper. This will be the postcard side of the cake. Heavier paper works better and will give you a sturdier wedge of cake for mailing. Cut the postcard shapes from the paper.

5 Attach the postcard

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Spray glue the postcards to the solid, flat sides of the sponge wedges.

6 Prep the “icing”

Cake - add-caulking-to-bagUsing a caulking gun and your desired caulk, fill a plastic disposable piping bag with half of the caulk. This should be enough to do one cake wedge. I was able to pipe two cake postcards with one tube of caulk, but I recommend putting only half of the caulk in the bag at a time. Also, I tried decorating my cake wedges using the caulking gun, but it was nearly impossible to control. It’s much easier with a piping bag.

7 Pipe the center of the cake

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Pipe a line of caulk down the center of the cake postcard wedge, where you removed the sponge with your knife.

8 Pipe the icing on the top

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Pipe dollops and swirls of caulking on the top and sides of the sponge wedge just like you’re decorating a cake. Pipe along the edge of the cake postcard to form a seal between it and the sponge.

9 Add the swirls

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If needed, use a small paint brush or toothpick to swirl and adjust the thickness of the caulk on the cake top and side.

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Allow your cake postcards to dry for three to five days. I placed mine on sheet of parchment paper and lifted them up periodically so that the caulk wouldn’t dry and adhere to the paper.

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Write your message on the postcard side, leaving enough room for an address and postage. Sizes, shapes and weight of each cake postcard will vary, but most of mine required three, $1 stamps.

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DIY Chalkboard Paint and Creative Ideas

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Chalkboards aren’t just for school anymore!  Chalkboard paint is all the rage right now.  Why? Because you can do so many fantastic things with it!  And if you’re imagining that ugly muted olive green color of the chalkboard in your 10th grade math class, think again.  You can have your chalkboard paint in any color imaginable.  The very best part is that you can make it yourself, which translates to: low cost! Check out the simple DIY chalkboard paint recipe and awesome ideas of what to do with it.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Recipe This recipe is for a small area, but you can double or triple it depending on what you’re painting.

  • flat-finish latex paint in your preferred shade
  • unsanded tile grout
  • 150 grit sandpaper
  1. In a container add 1 cup of the paint and 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout.
  2. Mix the paint and tile grout carefully with a paint stirrer until there are no clumps.
  3. Use a roller or sponge paintbrush to apply the paint to a primed or painted surface. Make sure you go over the same spot many times to get even, full coverage.
  4. Use the 150 grit sandpaper to smooth the painted area after it has dried.  Wipe off any dust.
  5. To condition your new chalkboard surface, rub the side of a piece of chalk over the area and wipe away with a barely damp sponge.

Creative (& Cheap!) Chalkboard Paint Ideas

  • Paint a section of your child’s room so they can add custom (and constantly changing) art work to their decor!
  • Create a wall calendar in an office by painting squares of different shades.
  • Paint panels and frame them for a moveable sign–great for a menu board in the kitchen!
  • Dip the flat bottom of wine glass stems into the paint.  Have guests write their names on the glasses in chalk and never confuse glasses at a party again.
  • Paint place cards to show guests to their seats, or use them to identify food you have placed out.
  • Paint anything you want to personalize or decorate (temporarily, of course)! Mugs, tables, fridges, plates… the options are endless!

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