Eric Carle Inspired Birthday Cake

We thought we'd have a go at making an Eric Carle inspired birthday card for my mum.

I've loved Eric Carle's artwork since I was a child, & fondly remember the illustrations in books such as 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. How fantastic I can now share them with Minnie who is equally fascinated & enthralled by them. There is something magical about this style of artwork that just draws you into the book.

Eric Carle paints on layers of tissue paper to create his art, but we opted for coloured card as it was a little stronger for my enthusiastic artist to paint with!

Minnie & I talked about the image she wanted on the front of the card, & she decided she wanted a big birthday cake on a plate with 3 candles! (I think the 3 candles may have had something to do with the 3 candles she had on her birthday cake not so long ago.)

She selected the colour of card she wanted (yellow, white, green) & the paint (pink, blue, brown, red, yellow, green, silver). I added some paintbrushes, small sponges, squares of bubble wrap, squares of punchinella, toy cars/lorries, & a fork & Minnie set to work creating her patterns.

The wheels on the vehicles were great fun to create patterns with.

This pink coloured bubble wrap print became the cake filling.

Minnie sponged brown paint over a square of punchinella to create these prints over blue paint. This became the layers of the cake, along with more brown sponge prints.

These blue bubble wrap prints over a layer of red brushstrokes became the candles for the cake.

The swirly pattern was created with a fork, & became the plate for the birthday cake to stand on.

Once dry, Minnie decided what colour the cake, plate, candles etc would be & described the shapes that she wanted. Once we had cut them out we arranged & glued them onto a large sheet of folded card. When the cake was finished Minnie decided the cake needed red cherries on the top! So with a little red paint & a few fingerprints Minnie created her cake topping!

And there it is... a birthday cake fit for any hungry caterpillar... or grandparent! ;-)


  1. I love how you used a variety of art techniques and put them all together to make this masterpiece! :) I'm sure the kids had fun making each part of this activity and finally putting them all together! :)

  2. Wow! That turned out so pretty!

  3. It's gorgeous! Tell Minnie it's good enough to eat!

  4. Nice mark making- looks like fun and experimentation with a cheery result! Lynda

  5. And again.. GORGEOUS. Love all the different techniques you used! Eric Carle would be PROUD!

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  6. Oh my goodness...This is absolutely fabulous!! We love Eric Carle and have recently done some crafts with some of his ocean-themed books. I am a huge fan of layered art and I adore all the different painting techniques you used to create this masterpiece!

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  7. Wow - Grandma must have loved this! Such a brilliant take-on of Eric Carle. I've done Eric Carle inspired work with my pupils before and it was quite fiddly with tissue paper, but the way you've shown it is so simple and looks so fun. My class are definitely doing this type year!!!
    You have such a great blog and posts - really inspirational. I look forward to reading more.
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