I read your 'How do I mail a cake' Threads- but my issue is a little more technical since this is a fondant emblem of sorts, not an actual cake or solid cookie.
Im sending my best friend a flat fondant rollerskate emblem to put on top of a cake for her daughter's birthday since I can't be there, but Im at a loss as how to send it from Oregon to California.
I was thinking maybe to put it (it's wrapped in plastic wrap) in between 2 stiff pieces of cardboard and mail it via a bubblewrap first class letter? Or should I still overnight it? It's about a foot long and Im most worried about it bending or sliding and scruntching.... thanks for your help!
I have ordered toppers through the mail (more 3d than flat) and they wrapped them in bubblewrap, put them in a polystyrene box and then filled the box with packing peanuts. Everything arrived in perfect shape.
I would definitely pack it in a box, not an envelope. Doesn't matter how you have the envelope marked hey still tend to be bent to "fit" wherever it needs too.
I have done this before with a more complicated pattern. The first shipment got broken all to pieces and ended up looking more like a mosaic rather than a decoration for a cake But I was determined to make it work! So I remade all the decorations and then got down to figuring out a way to ship them without breakage...
I purchased foam core, craft foam sheets, and glue for foam products from a hobby store, and then little foam squares from the scrapbooking section at the same store.
I laid out my design and measured it and added 1" to each side. Then cut out foam core to that measurement. Then I cut out 1" strips to fit all the sides (like a photo frame) and glued it all together. I lined the "frame" with the craft foam sheet cut to size and glued into place. Then I centerd my design in the "frame" and used the little squares to hold each piece of the design in place. As I worked on securing it in place, I would shake the frame to make sure each piece held in place.
Once completed, I cut another foam sheet and placed on top of the design. Then cut a piece of foam core the same size as the first piece I cut and laid it on top of it all and taped all the sides all the way around. Then I packaged it in a sturdy box filled with bubble wrap and mailed it (insured this time), priority mail.
It went from NC to Texas and not one piece broke this time. I am attaching photos to show how it looked during the process.
Let me know if you have any more questions!
Edited to add: I can't get my photos to attach, will keep trying.
Sorry, but no matter what I do, I can't get the photos to post
What a great idea, ptanyer.
Thanks I still can't get the photos to load, but I found a thread where I had posted a couple of photos of the same design. It's on page 13 about 1/2 way down:
Hope that helps!