In sixth grade, we each had to dress up like a historical character and begin our oral presentation with three clues to help our classmates guess our identity. I was Marie Antoinette, and I don’t remember what my three clues were, but everyone immediately knew who I was because not only was I sporting a magnificently upcycled bridesmaid dress from the D.I. but I was holding a three-tiered cake, as in “Let them eat [it].” (I know she didn’t really say that, but Darth also never says, “Luke, I am your father,” so there.)
The dress was amazing–the skirt swagged with ribbon and tulle and strings of fake pearls–and my hair was equally impressive–not one but two Dolly Parton wigs stacked on top of each other and embellished with a giant feather–but the cake alone was a showstopper prop. My mom made it out of styrofoam discs covered with Ivory Snow laundry detergent. It looked like a decadent coconut cake fit for a queen. And it beat carrying my head around on a platter, although that would have done the trick too.
Why, yes, I do have a picture! Thank you for asking!
I don’t have a close-up of the cake to show you how awesome it was, but I do have this:
They’re no eighteenth-century brioche, but these Ivory Snow trees are equally awesome and equally (if not more) easy, and they’ll make your house smell like fresh laundry and your hands feel as silky soft as two turtle doves, and yes, I know this is my second laundry-detergent-based craft in one week, but come on, this one is pretty killer.
bird bell jar on it!
Alls you need:
–Ivory Snow powder laundry detergent (make sure it’s powder!)
Alls you gotta do:
Mix approximately 3/4 cup Ivory Snow with approximately 1/4 cup water. Play with the ratio until you get a chunky slop that will stick to your cone-shaped thing.
Our cone-shaped things were initially just snowcone cups and craft-store cones made of papier mâché (say it with a French accent like Marie!), but then my turns-five-next-Saturday-OMG-year-old said, “Hey, that looks like a birthday hat!” and so, voilà, we used a [fugly] birthday hat too.
One 19 oz. box of Ivory Snow made seven trees: one big, three medium, and three small.
While they were still wet, I of course sprinkled them with superfine glitter (I chose a cool icy blue) because I will never learn my lesson about glitter.
(You can’t really see it in the photo, but they glisten like a vampire in the moonlight.)
I also tried a variation by tinting the mixture green with food coloring, but I used a ton to make it a super dark blue-fir green, and after it was dry it looked like ’80s wedding seafoam, so unless pastel is what you’re going for, probably just stick with the white. What would look cute, though, is using tweezers to stick on some mini pompoms for ornaments.
I really love these. As the queen herself would say, “C’est magnifique! Qu’est-ce que tu attends? La revolución?”