This Christmas elf cake topper tutorial is just one of 100 contained in Quick & Easy Cake Toppers from Search Press Studio.
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Elf Cake Topper Tutorial: Materials
- 55g (2oz) dark green modelling paste
- 30g (1oz) flesh-coloured modelling paste
- Small amounts of red, brown, yellow and black modelling paste
- Small amount of white flower paste/gumpaste
- One red and white striped chenille stick/pipe cleaner
- Pale pink, brown and silver dusting powders
- Cocktail stick
- Cutters: large star, small circle, large oval 6cm (23⁄8in)
- Fine black fibre-tip pen
- Sugar glue
- Tool-shaped sugarcraft cutters and moulds
Elf Cake Topper Tutorial: Instructions
1 Make a basic body in green as shown below, inserting an 8cm (3¼in) cocktail stick through the body to support the head and making two holes in the front for the legs with a pointed tool.
2 For the head, roll 20g (2⁄3oz) of flesh-coloured paste into a smooth ball. Use a pointed tool to make a hole in the middle of the face for the nose and use the smiley tool to mark the mouth. Leave to dry.
3 Cut out a large oval from red paste to make the waistcoat. Attach the oval to the top of the body at the back with a little glue, bringing the thin ends of the oval to the front.
4 Cut two 7.5cm (3in) lengths from the chenille stick. For the shoes, cut a 15g (½oz) ball of black paste in half to make two flat ovals. Lightly glue both ends of one of the lengths of chenille stick, then insert one end into the top of the shoe and the other end into the body. Repeat with the other leg.
5 Cut a 2g (1⁄12oz) ball of red paste in half and roll into two smaller balls. Lightly glue one to the top of each shoe. Allow to dry, then bend each leg into shape.
6 To make the hands, cut a 3g (1⁄8oz) ball of flesh-coloured paste in half to make two flat ovals. Attach the hands to each end of the remaining 15cm (6in) length of chenille stick with sugar glue. Bend the chenille stick around the back of the cocktail stick and glue in place, bringing the arms and hands down.
7 Roll out the yellow paste and cut out two large stars. Using a little sugar glue, place a star on top of the chenille stick. Repeat with a second star, then glue the head on firmly.
8 For the ears, cut a 3g (1⁄8oz) ball of flesh-coloured paste in half, then roll each half into a smaller ball. Insert the rounded end of the pointed tool into one of the balls and, keeping the tool in place, pinch the top of the paste to make the ear pointed. Lightly glue the back of the ear and push it on to the side of the head. Repeat with the other ear. When dry, mark the eyes with the fine black fibre-tip pen and dust the cheeks with the pale pink dusting powder.
9 Roll out the brown paste for the hair. Cut out several circles with the small circle cutter. Cut into the edge of each circle halfway round and carefully open the strands out. Glue each piece individually on to the head. Work all the way round the head with two rows. The hole in the middle will be covered by the hat.
10 For the hat, roll out 10g (1⁄3oz) of dark green paste into a ball. Make the ball into a cone by opening out the middle with a large pointed tool and stretching the top to a point as shown, bending it over to the side. Glue the hat on to the top of the head.
11 To make the bobble, push a small piece of yellow paste though a sieve. Attach it to the top of the hat with a little glue.
12 Roll out a small circle of black paste and glue it to the middle of the waistcoat as a button.
13 Make the tools from white flower paste/gumpaste using the sugarcraft cutters and moulds. Colour them with brown and silver dusting powders and glue one to the hand, as shown.
Reprinted with permission from Quick & Easy Cake Toppers by Search Press Studio. ISBN: 9781782218043. RRP: STG£9.99. Published by Search Press.
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