Occasionally Crafty: A Mickey Mouse Birthday

October 8, 2012

A Mickey Mouse Birthday

As I told you last week, Saturday was my son's third birthday.  I can't believe my "baby" is three!  For lots of reasons, he is most likely my last, and I am trying so hard to cherish every moment with him!

We didn't have "parties" this year, just family celebrations, so for Drew's birthday, I focused on two things:  the birthday shirt and the cake.

First, I made this cute shirt for my son, using freezer paper as a stencil.  If you've never done it, Ashley at Make It and Love It has a great tutorial here.




I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the shape, then used regular old craft paint mixed with a fabric medium (from the craft store) to paint the design onto the shirt.  I need to give a shout out to Cheryl from That's What Che Said for the instructions on making the perfect Mickey Head shape.  It came out great!

I also got the shirt on clearance at Target- now's a good time to stock up if you like to decorate your own shirts!


I also made a cute cake for my son.  He requested a Mickey Mouse cake.  A few years ago, I made this one for my daughter's birthday.



While I think it turned out pretty cute, it was very time-consuming.  I was a little more pressed for time this year, so when I saw this cute cake, I knew I had my inspiration.


I normally use fondant for decorating things like this, but also for lack of time, I decided to try out Wilton's sugar sheets.
Solid Color Sugar Sheets Edible Decorating Paper

 No, I was not compensated-- I just wanted to try them.  Let me tell you, they worked great!  They are soft and flexible, and you can make any decoration out there!  I used a pencil to draw the shapes I needed on the backing, then cut out my decorations and plopped them right on top of my buttercream. The only thing I need to tell you is to make sure you draw any letters backward.  The shiny part of the sugar sheets goes down onto the cake.

Anyway, this is what I came up with:

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I used two 9 inch layers for the body of the cake, and two 4 inch glass bowls for the ears.  I used two cake mixes and it was perfect!

As far as the taste- once the sugar sheets sit on the cake for a few hours, it softens up and is easy to eat.  It really has no taste, so it blended perfectly with the cake.  I'd definitely use them again!

I did make a whole wall full of Mickey-colored circle garland strips,  but when I got home from The Glitter Academy at 11:30 pm, they were all tangled up!  I tried untangling them, and managed to get only two untangled in 45 minutes.  I gave up and threw them in the trash :(   That's what happens when you leave your decorations out where three children can reach them.

Thanks for stopping by today- I hope you enjoyed our little Mickey family party.  I'm linking this up to the following;

Craft-o-Maniac- Monday Link Up

Keeping it Simple- Motivate Me Monday

Sugar Bee Crafts- Take a Look Tuesday

Someday Crafts-Whatever Goes Wednesday

Lil' Luna- Link Party

Somewhat Simple- Strut Your Stuff

Naptime Crafters- Friday Favs

I Heart Naptime- Sundae Scoop Weekend Wrap-up


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