This Scottish cake ornament was part of my Brave inspired Christmas tree that you can see here!
But there’s no need to pigeon-hole ourselves, this ornament would be great on any Scottish themed Christmas tree! They look very similar to the classic Scottish Empire Biscuit, so they’ll fit right in!
Here’s the inspiration- a movie still from Brave.
Now, let’s get started! This is a pretty easy DIY, but it will take you a little time since it has to dry multiple times.
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Braided trim (here)
Small, circular paper mache boxes* (here)
Glossy Modge Podge
*To double my amount of “lids” I used a box-cutter to slice the bottom inch of the boxes off, thus creating another “lid.”
Hot glue the braided trim to around the outer edge of the paper mache box’s lid. I had a problem with the trim fraying, so I taped the ends before hot glueing it on. It’s not ideal, but you’ll hardly notice once it’s on the tree.
Paint the entire lid (trim and sides included) a goldenrod yellow. Slap it on there pretty thick because you’ll want to get inside all the nooks and crannies of the trim and the paper mache really soaks up paint.
Well, maybe in the future I’ll get better about photographing my DIY steps, but this was not that time. Luckily, I took this quick shot to show the hubs what I was up to, and it has the next step shown!
Dribble hot glue into an irregular circle shape in the middle of the yellow lid. This is going to be the jam filling. The hot glue is going to give it some nice depth so that it’s not a flat circle, so don’t worry if your glue is full of bumps and holes.
This is the final paint job and comes in two mini steps:
Once the hot glue dries, add some red paint over the whole thing. To add a little shine to your jam filling, once the paint dries add a coat of glossy modge podge!
Around the edge of your jam we’re going to add some powdered sugar. Get your paint brush really dry, and barely stick it in the white paint. You might want to dab it on a piece of paper until it’s just hardly leaving any paint when you press it down. Then dab it around the cake between the hot glue mound and the braided trim.
Perfect! I used hot glue to add some twine to the back so that I could hang it on a tree, and it worked well. You could also poke a small hole in the top edge of the cake so that you could add a regular metal ornament hook.0