How to: Clay Letter Cake or Planter Toppers

you follow me on the Instagram you may know that I broke my knee in 20 places on April 11th. It’s been a tough 6 weeks, but one thing that has made me feel a lot better (other than the really strong pain killers) is rolling up my sleeves and getting into some projects again. Makers gonna make. Am I right!?

It is my dear sister Toby’s birthday weekend! I spent last week ordering flowers for centerpieces and figuring out how to make flower crowns in preparation for her big celebration dinner that happened Saturday night at her favorite restaurant. I also made these clay gold polka dot letter toppers to celebrate all the kinds of wonderful that she is, that can be used in a cake or planter. I love how they turned out! And they couldn’t be easier to make.

Sculpey clay in whatever color(s) you like

Stainless steel cookie cutter letter set

Cookie sticks

Gold liquid gilding

New pencil


E6000 glue

Smooth jar for rolling


Take a large amount of clay and work in your hands until it’s soft and smooth, and forms a ball. Use a large jar, glass or vase to roll flat until it’s 1/4″ thick. Cut out your letters with the cookie cutters. Take the eraser end of a new pencil and push imprints all over each letter, just hard enough to leave an outline, but not too hard that it changes the shape of your unbaked clay. Take your cookie stick and at the center bottom of each letter make an imprint. With the tip of your scissors, and in a 180 degree motion, scoop out a bit of clay so that your cookie stick will fit into the bottom of each letter about 1/4″ deep. Place letters carefully on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for as long as your clay instructions recommend. (Sculpey bakes at 275 degrees for 30 minutes for 1/4″ thickness.) Let cool. Dip a Q-tip into the gold liquid gilding and carefully fill in the eraser imprints. Once the gilding is dry, put a dot of E6000 glue on the end of the cookie sticks and place in the hole you created at the bottom of each letter. Let dry for 4-6 hours.toby-topper-44clay-letter-toppers-cake-planter-2

Your toppers are ready to go! These are an adorable way to personalize a planter, or make a cake or pie extra special for loved one’s celebration. The toppers are re-usable, I would clean with a damp cloth immediately after use. The letter, clay color and texture possibilities are endless…I hope you have fun with this project!

Please tag me in your creations. I love to see your end results!



I am a lifelong New Yorker who recently swapped the subway for the California sunshine. I've learned the only way out is through--and tough stuff makes you a whole lot stronger. Currently hooked on planning & organization, kombucha, succulents and my labradoodle child. You can usually find me in the #sisoostudio, working on my latest DIY project, designing gemstone & crystal jewelry, daydreaming about one day operating a flower farm, and spreading the Finnish spirit of sisu everywhere I go. Visit me at the links below to connect.

April 10, 2015


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    Melanie (The Party Suite at Bellenza)

    May 27, 2015

    These would be useful as wedding decor!