All spring we’ve been in full on wedding mode and that train isn’t stopping anytime soon. With my wedding just this last month and Cat’s coming in 2017, these Resource Girls have been in constant planning mode. Weddings can definitely be expensive. With Pinterest, Facebook and all the other avenues to plan it can definitely make you feel overwhelmed.. I’ve been there. With my wedding behind me, I can’t help but still dream of our special day and all the amazing moments that we got to share with our family and friends. Although the day was definitely more about our love and celebrating with loved ones, those small moments we spent planning and ensuring things were exactly right made the day magical and extra special.
I swear you walk into a florist or meet with a caterer and mention the word “wedding” they automatically raise the price an insane amount. I believe and have lived to tell the tale that although there may be some details you can’t control in price, there are quite a few things that don’t have to break the bank. One such thing for me was a cake topper. I found so many that I loved on Pinterest but all were well over fifty dollars, some even over hundred. It seemed like a silly waste of money for something we may never use again. That’s when I decided to take matters into my own DIY hands and make my own.
Have no fear, in true RG fashion, we’re here to save you a few bucks. Below we’re sharing two tutorials that will take your wedding, next birthday party or celebration up a notch. It will add that special handmade touch that everyone will be talking about.
Cake Topper Tutorial
Love Cutout (found at Hobby Lobby)
Wooden dowel or stick (found at Hobby Lobby)
Spray paint- color of your choosing
E6000 clear craft glue
Spray paint your dowel and word cutout of choice. Hobby Lobby has quite a few sayings to choose from. If you’re celebrating a birthday maybe choose a number, the possibilities are endless.
Once dry, decide how many spokes you’ll need in your cake topper, and cut your dowel to the size you’d like. I chose two to ensure it’s stability. Depending on your word, number or phrase you may need more or less.
Using E6000 glue attach the dowel to the bottom of your word. Once dry, I flipped it over and added some more glue on the backside where the dowel and word meet. Then ensure it’s fully dry before use.
Another idea we love if you’re looking to keep your cake topper is to add ribbon to it and hang it on your Christmas tree as an ornament. The thought of knick-knacks, also known as dust collectors, make us cringe but an ornament is a fun way to keep something and bring it out only once a year. Each holiday season when you decorate your tree you’ll reminisce about your special day.
Mr & Mrs Banner Tutorial
Cardboard letters (found at Hobby Lobby)
Spray paint/chalkboard markers/craft paint
E6000 craft glue
Banner cutouts (found at Hobby Lobby)
Twine or string of your choice
Optional: glitter, washi tape
Use any color of your choosing to paint the cardboard cutouts that will make the banner. I used a black chalkboard marker. You can also use any craft paint or spray paint. The chalkboard marker dries quick and is super simple without the mess, so that’s why I went that route.
2. Spray paint your letters. Once your banner and letters are dry, using E6000 glue, glue the letters onto your banner cutouts.
3. I wanted a little more pizzazz on my banner, so this next step is optional. My E6000 craft glue was black, so it helped blend this step in. Using the craft glue, I outlined each banner cutout with glue and then sprinkled gold glitter on that line before the glue had a chance to dry. Then I shook off the excess glitter. Try washi tape to add a fun design to the banner, or stripes or stickers. Whatever it is, stick with a specific look and make it fit your celebratory decor.
4. Using your twine, go in and out of each banner hole and make it as long or short as you like! That’s it, get the party started!
Final product shots by Oh Hay No Photography.