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We are sharing something super fun to celebrate our big milestone of reaching 10,000 fans on Facebook! I can’t explain how thrilled I am that you love what we are doing here on The TomKat Studio and that you are telling your friends about us, too! If you aren’t a fan on Facebook yet, JOIN THE PARTY HERE!
I enlisted the help of one of my favorite party girls, Sharnel Dollar of Sharnel Dollar Designs to share a fun MINI CAKE BUNTING tutorial with you! She created one (below) recently for a party and I fell in LOVE! If you don’t know Sharnel, you should. This fabulous party girl is full of ideas and style. I swoon over her gorgeous dessert tables, party styling and projects!
Along with her instructions, I have designed several printable PDF alphabet pages that will work perfectly for this project! I also took a few shortcuts when I created my own bunting to celebrate our 10,000 fans! So, check out her tutorial and below you will find my shortcuts!


What you will need:


2 Bamboo Skewers
2 Striped Paper Straws
Embrodiery Thread


Download and print the free printable alphabet pages of your choice on cardstock. Cut out bunting flags and arrange them in order on a flat surface. Thread your needle with embrodiery thread (it’s perfectly ok to make funny faces when completing this task.) We pre-punched two holes on the top corners of each flag to make it easier to push the needle through the card. Embrodiery needles aren’t sharp enough normally to pierce without making a mess of the card. Thread each of the flags from the top row then pop the needle through one of the straws. Take the needle off the thread and re-thread the other end to enable you to attach the loose end to the remaining straw. Place your skewers in your cake and then insert the straws over the skewers. Tie the end off with two or three knots to secure the bunting in place. Continue this with the remaining bunting.



My Tips:When I made mine, I used a few shortcuts. I didn’t have time to pull out a thread and needle, so I designed the flags as foldover diamonds so that I could secure the folded flags over thin ribbon with double-sided tape. I didn’t have skewers on hand, so I used 6″ lollipop sticks instead. Then just tied the two strings of bunting on the straws. It was really easy and super fun!


Here’s the fun part!
Download your FREE printable alphabet flag pages now!

Download PASTEL pages HERE
Download BRIGHT pages HERE

Download BOLD pages HERE


Thank you to Sharnel for this fabulous idea! I would also like to thank Melissa at Decadent Delights for the gorgeous cake, Laura Winslow for the fabulous photos, Smeeks for the fab photo shoot location & paper straws, Sally at Polka Dot Market for the Balloons, and Serena, our intern for making the adorable mini pinwheels for the cake stand!

  1. Mindy

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Adorable!! I am not seeing them on teh site to download so I may be doing something wrong. I will check later!! 😉

  2. BK

    July 14th, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Please, please, will you update the links for these templates!

  3. Kim

    July 17th, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I’m so sorry! I tried to find the file from 2010, but I cannot locate it!

  4. Julie Schreier

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I am Having the same problem. They look great though.

  5. Kim - The TomKat Studio

    October 10th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Hi ladies! I updated the links to Scribd! Let me know if they work for you now!

  6. Julie Schreier

    October 10th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you so much! They look fantastic. I will be using these for a birthday cake this weekend 🙂

  7. MamaBear

    October 11th, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Thankyou so much, they're just adorable! I can't wait to make this cake for my son's first birthday this week!

  8. Michele

    October 11th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Thanks Kim – just downloaded! They are adorable.

  9. Pocket Full of Parties

    October 11th, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Thank you for the tutorial and the free printables…I fell in love with mini cake bunting the second I first saw it!

  10. swankychicfete

    October 11th, 2010 at 1:21 am

    thanks so much! congrats kim!

  11. Amy

    October 11th, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Adorable!!! I can't wait to have a reason to make a cake!! Thanks, Kim!

  12. Tammy@EventsByTammy

    October 11th, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Really cute! Thanks for the downloads.

  13. Sandi

    October 11th, 2010 at 7:06 am

    this is awesome! Thanks so much Kim!

  14. Save the Date for Cupcakes

    October 11th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Congrats, Kim!!! I love mini cake bunting too!!!

  15. staci @ lizard n ladybug

    October 11th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Congratulations Kim!! this is such a cute bunting! Thanks for sharing!

  16. JC's Loft

    October 11th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    What fun…thanks for sharing!

  17. Christina

    October 11th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Congrats Kim!! And thanks for the awesome mini bunting. SO CUTE!!

  18. Christina

    October 11th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Congrats Kim!! And thanks for the awesome mini bunting. SO CUTE!!

  19. Brenda

    October 11th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Wow Kim!! Congratulations! Your mini-bunting is so adorable! I LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing!!

  20. The Beynon Family

    October 11th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    What a great idea! I just made these for my daughters birthday party. I just bypassed using the skewers all together and just stuck the straw into the cake and tied the ribbon to the straw! Easy and so cute! Thanks!

  21. A Southern Accent

    October 11th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I'm in love with this idea! Thanks for sharing and for the freebies! Too cute!

  22. Anonymous

    October 12th, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I am also making this for my son's 1st birthday–so cute. Where do you find the paper straws?

  23. Melisa

    October 13th, 2010 at 2:40 am

    This is my FAVORITE! Thanks Kim!!

  24. Sugar Foot Designs

    October 13th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    These are fantastic! I can't wait to use them!

  25. Bambi

    November 3rd, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Love this – too cute!

  26. Upscale Furniture Resales

    November 26th, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Thank you so much for these mini bunting flags! I was so excited to use them! Picture of them here: http://upscalefurnitureresales.blogspot.com/2010/11/happy-thanksgiving.html
    Thank you Kim!

  27. sketybean

    December 6th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Love them! Thank You!

  28. Amanda

    January 2nd, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Sweet, simple and adorable. Thanks so much :o)

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    March 9th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I love this bunting but I can’t seem to find the link to them on the website. When I go to scribd it’s just a jumble of links and no pictures? Anyway to dowload them or use a different link? I would love to use these on my sons birthday cake this weekend. Thank you!!

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    October 16th, 2011 at 8:00 am

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  37. Amycakes

    March 27th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Im trying to download the pastels but it wont let me – can anyone help? I need these urgently 🙂

  38. Mariana de Almeida Machado

    May 19th, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Hi Kim, I love DIY projects. I really wanted to lower the flags but I can not. Below is the message that appears on Scrib. This link has been corrupted or is otherwise invalid. Help me, please!

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    October 12th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Dear Kim,

    I’m a new fan from germany!
    I really love your little cake bunting flags and tried evrything to download them, but it isn’t working at all.
    I really would apreciate your help or let me know, if there’s another way possible to get them.

    Thanks in advance

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  46. Maria Hernandez

    December 30th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    ohhhh!!! love this soo much !!! thank you very much!!! <3 🙂

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    February 1st, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I,ve been searching for free printable mini bunting template for my daughter’s 4th birthday! Finally I saw your site. This is so amazing!

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  49. Charli

    May 2nd, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Thank you so much for these- exactly what I’ve been looking for to finish off a Birthday cake I’m making next month!

  50. Elaine

    July 28th, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Thank you so much for sharing the bunting templates. I used them for my son’s 2nd birthday cake at the weekend and everyone commented on how fab it looked….they couldnt believe I’d done it all myself (with a little help from Tomkat of course!)

  51. Tracy

    August 24th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I love love love bunting – this is perfect for my son’s colour party!

    I am struggling to download it though. I have installed scribe and the git the “books”, but can’t seem to get them to print?

    Hmmmm. Maybe I will have to go onto a computer to see….?

  52. carol

    October 30th, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Your site is awesome. I tried to sign up but won’t let me do so.

  53. carol

    October 30th, 2014 at 5:37 am

    And tried to download the freebies but having problem with your site. Help!

  54. Michelle

    November 3rd, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Hi Kim, having problems trying to print the pastel mini bunting!

  55. Belle

    March 5th, 2015 at 2:09 am

    I am not understanding how to print the printables. There is no way to edit the PDFs and one would need to print all the alphabets on one page to get one single flag in one color and alphabet. That’s quite a waste of ink and cardstock to assemble “Happy Birthday” in different colors. Anyone has any idea of how to get around the problem?

  56. Kim

    March 5th, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Hello Belle!

    I am sorry, but with the free printable PDF, it is not editable to only print the letters you want. We can however, create a custom file for you for a small fee. Please email: orders@thetomkatstudio.com for details.


  57. Gisela

    March 16th, 2015 at 8:58 pm


  58. Linda

    April 23rd, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you so much! LOVE these mini buntings! So cute and very helpful!

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