After organizing a few boxes recently, I found a 2013 Rothko calendar from last year that needed to be recycled. But after scanning through the pages one last time, I decided to use it for today’s DIY instead, which literally and figuratively ended up being a piece of cake.
Make a sweet statement (sorry I couldn’t resist) with these letter cake toppers made from recycled calendar pages…
- old calendar pages or scrap paper
- bamboo skewers
1. Rip out pages of an old calendar and write a phrase or word with a pen, on top of the artwork from each calendar page.
2. Cut out with scissors or an Xacto knife.
3. Attach to a bamboo skewer with craft glue and let dry before using.
4. Poke into cake, cupcakes, or pie and enjoy.
Make these for birthdays, housewarmings, and other special occasions. Or customize it with someone’s name, etc.
Need some suggestions? Aside from my favorite, ‘Eat More Cake’, here are a handful of phrases and words that would work… You’re The Sweetest / Oh Hello There / Congrats! / Happy Birthday / Life Is Sweet. You could even use this idea to make a special announcement or pop an important question, like… Marry Me? / Will You Be My Bridesmaid? / It’s a Boy / It’s A Girl.
Photography by Sarah Eddy
P.S. Jeff and I both really admire Rothko’s work and briefly thought about getting married at the Rothko chapel in Houston way back when. Have you heard of it?
Who are some artists that you’ve always admired?
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Love this! ‘Eat more cake’ is the perfect sentiment. So fun.Lisa
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Oh! Poor Mark Rothko!
Although if you were to cut up the work of any artist, he’s a good choice, mainly because of those dreamy, intense colors.Davina
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I love the phrase: Eat more cake – sure! I also love recycling!Kreetta
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Don’t think I could think of any better phrase than this one to top a cake with. It’s my life motto, after all. Perfect use for calendar pages, since they’re always destined for the recycling bin!Kelly @ Studio DIY
oh my gosh, adorable! and a rothko calendar, that must be beautifuljuni // hej juni
This is a wonderful idea! You can personalize for every occasion or person! Endless possibilities!Brandyn | Southern Distinctions
Adorable! After seeing a retrospective survey of Rothko’s paintings in Portland, I have a new found love for him. It’s amazing what emotions color combinations can evoke!Rachel | 52 Weeks Project
Recycled calendar pages, who would have thought! This is awesome!Annie
This is so cute! I love all your cake puns 🙂
Becca | Ladyface Blog
Poor Rothko…but I bet he’s a fan of cake, so he’d probably be cool with it 😉
Thanks for the idea…I’m really happy you upcycled an old calendar for something fun like this. Much better than going out to buy new materials, in my opinion.Mo
I love these beautiful photos. And such a sweet DIY!La