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When Mr. Geek came up to our home away from home for a mini-vacation to celebrate our anniversary, I knew I had to put together a surprise for him to find when he walked in. What did I decide on? A Toilet Paper Cake!
Why did I decide on a toilet paper cake, you ask?
- The traditional wedding gift on a first wedding anniversary is paper. I think toilet paper counts!
- Mr. Geek and I tend to keep two things in mind when exchanging gifts: new experiences together or practical items.
- We ran out of toilet paper (not even kidding).
DIY Paper Anniversary Toilet Paper Cake
- 32 Rolls of toilet paper (pshhh–because anything less than three tiered cake is not good enough for my man!)
- Crepe paper
- String/ribbon (**I had jute from the MANY projects I have been working on)
- Party napkins
- Paper plate
- Wedding cake topper (I used the actual toppers from our wedding cake)
- Optional: additional decorative trinkets, you will see I used ribbon flowers I found on clearance
Step 1: Bottom Tier
Arrange 18 toilet paper rolls in a circle. 10 rolls on the outside, 7 on the inside row, 1 in the center.
Note: I was not transporting this TP cake anywhere so I just built it on our dining room table, but if you were trying to transport this to a party–I recommend adhering the bottom tier to sturdy cardboard. If you do this–let me know how it works!
Step 2: Middle Tier
Arrange 9 toilet paper rolls in a circle overlapping the bottom tier. 8 rolls on the outside and 1 in the center. It may seem too spaced out at this point, but that’s okay! The top tier will fill in the gaps and we’ll be tightening them up soon.
Step 3: Top Tier
Arrange 5 toilet paper rolls, filling in the gaps on the middle tier. I also placed a paper plate on top.
I thought about cutting the rim of the paper plate, but I also thought that keeping the rim added to the humor of this Paper Anniversary gift.
Step 4: Tying It Together
I used crepe paper and jute to tie each layer of toilet paper together.
Step 5: Decorate
This is where the fun begins!
I shoved the colorful party napkins into the exposed holes of the toilet paper rolls. I tucked the ribbon flowers into the jute for the accent. Finally, I placed the two small Adirondack Chairs from our actual wedding cake right on top of that paper plate.
You may not be able to see it well in this picture, but the card says, “Happy Paper Anniversary!” The card was a Mickey and Minnie Mouse card because…WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD THIS FALL!
Now what am I going to do for our cotton anniversary?
Other Occasions and Inspiration
I’ve seen toilet paper cakes for different occasions, such as gag gifts for birthday parties, bachelor/bridal parties, and housewarming parties. Although it is DEFINITELY hilarious, I’m a sucker for practical gifts.
Here are some inspiration pieces I found on Pinterest:
“Everything goes to sh*t after 60…”
Homebody Happenings created this 60th Birthday cake for her friend and added funny accessories on her toilet paper cake.
This could go for any age and can be filled with plenty of accessories.
Thoughtful & Practical Bridal Gift
This pin* on Pinterest shows a bridal shower gift, but could also double as a house warming gift!
*If anyone knows the source, write in the comments–I will give credit!
So Gorgeous, You’ll Forget It’s Toilet Paper
Again, these don’t have to be just gag gifts, they can be works of art like this one by SANDOZProductions on Etsy! This is absolutely stunning. I would not mind receiving this beautiful toilet paper cake as a housewarming gift!
Making a toilet paper cake? Mr. Geek and I want to see them! Tag @creatingchrissyblog on Instagram so we can see it!