Our next DIY project from our Creativebug series are these sweet little clothespin cake toppers inspired by a class on their site. If you guys aren’t yet familiar with Creativebug, it’s a one-stop online class site for DIYers and a great tool for anyone with a penchant for unique handcrafted wedding details.
Sometimes we get weddings I catch myself staring at over and over again, and today’s from High Five For Love Photography is a prime example. Shaylee and Ryan had a wedding that perfectly fused bohemian and rustic style, for a look that’s as timeless as it is au courant. Let’s jump in!
From the photographer, Chrissy of High Five For Love Photography: Shaylee and Ryan are our people, and this wedding was a freakin’ blast. We fell in love with them instantly when we met, and their engagement session goes down as one of our favorites ever. We’re so thrilled to add their wedding to that list, as well. The details were incredible — gigantic pink and gold balloons, the loveliest bouquets and succulent boutonnieres, gold foil temporary tattoos, the sweetest ring bearer, and DIY goodness all over the place.
The moves on the dance floor were so fresh — just wait ’til you get to the reception! Shaylee + Ryan got down to Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” for their first dance and rapped their way through the entire evening. Stank-faces galore. Of course one of our favorite things about the day were the communal prayers that were so sacred, so full of genuine love, and so empowering for this couple starting their new life together. From start to finish, this wedding was pure joy to capture. So, so honored to do it.
Wedding cakes have long been the sweethearts of wedding receptions, but over the past few years, wedding cake toppers have been the ones stealing the show. And with so many unique ideas, how can you blame them? Today we’ve got Kathryn Godwin in to show us how she made these inspiring toppers out of simple cardstock and paper punchers. You’ll have to see it to believe how easy it is!
Instructions after the jump!
This morning’s wedding photoshoot designed by Savage Rose and note•ify just keeps spawning fun ideas. Our next DIY project made by Samantha of note•ify is quite possibly one of our favorites yet. It requires minimal crafty expertise, and with a simple text line with your and your beloved’s names printed onto cardstock, this heirloom kitsch craft is a total winner on my book. Thank you Lilia Photography for the images!
From Samantha: Lilia Photography and Savage Rose organized a sixties styled wedding shoot, and they invited me to create the printed materials. We wanted sparkle, gold and glam, but the affordable + DIY kind. In addition to the embellishments I made with gold metallic ink on the invitations, I made a cake topper from pink card stock and added gold curling ribbon to make it sparkle.
What you’ll need:
– metallic gold curling ribbon
– glue or tape
– wooden skewers
– metallic paint pen
Print out your cake topper banner and cut to any shape you’d like. You can even create a template on a separate piece of cardstock to trace it + cut it. Cut a second shape on leftover cardstock to use it on the back of your cake topper. Run glue or adhesive along the bottom half of the shape and start placing the ribbon along the bottom. You may choose to cut the ribbon in strips in half to create different widths, or you may choose to curl them a bit on the bottom.
Once you have covered the area you wanted with the ribbon, you may trim the bottoms to make them even if you wish. Take your wooden skewers and ‘paint’ them with a paint pen. Once dry, attach them at the ends of the shape with glue or adhesive and then use your blank shape to cover the back. Voila! Sparkly, cake topper banner with streamers!
We might say it too often, but this wedding really could be the cutest darn thing we’ve ever seen. Emily and Tim took the on the challenge of a country DIY wedding, and they didn’t take it lightly — they didn’t just stop at designing their own invitations, they even went as far as to whittle their precious kissing squirrels cake topper! Their reception is inspiration central, right down to the cookie tree (yes, cookie tree. yum). Thank you so much to the ever-fabulous Emily Johnston Anderson for sharing her captures of the day with us!
Wedding vendors (Walworth, Wisconsin):
Wedding photographer: Emily Johnston Anderson / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anthropologie / Wedding Dress: the bride’s altered her mother’s wedding dress
I seriously don’t know how the judges will be able pick just three projects. Filling the seats for the panel of judges are no other than: Olivia of A Field Journal , Ez of Creature Comforts, Chelsea of Frolic, Jordan of Oh Happy Day and Katelin of Project Wedding.
Evie made this fabulous glitter monogram cake topper. It’s so timely with metallics being the IT colors of the moment.
What you’ll need:
– Hot glue gun
– spray adhesive
– small scissors
– three pieces of cut wire in identical lengths
– (it needs to be thick enough gauge to stand up straight when placed in your cake)
– this template for your monogram letters printed on heavy card stock
Step 1: Print out your initials using this template
Step 2: Cut out the letters
Step 3: Spray your adhesive onto the letter
Step 4: Quickly sprinkle your glitter over the letter before the glue dries. Tap off any excess.
Step 5: Hot glue your wire to the back of your letter
When you are done, they are ready to stick into your cake. The beauty of the curly style font is that as you are cutting, it naturally creates dimension because of the tight curves.
Victoria of City Cradle created this absurdly adorable cake topper using just starched thread and a toothpick! From Victoria: These threaded heart toppers were used in a recent Fall harvest engagement brunch topping individual plates of pancakes. They would be amazing at a wedding as well topping anything from appetizers to desserts, and in a taller grouping perhaps a very sweet way to top a cake!
They are cheap and very easy to put together.
What you’ll need:
– Embroidery thread
– Glue/water mixture
– Wax paper
– Wooden toothpick or skewer
Step 1. Cut your thread to desired length and dredge thread completely in the glue/water mixture (two parts water to one part glue).
Step 2. Cover a baking sheet or other flat surface with wax paper.
Step 3. While still wet layout your thread and mold into desired shape. Let dry for 24 hours.
Step 4. Once dry peel your hearts off of the wax paper and use a dab of glue to secure the bottom to a wooden tooth pick or kitchen skewer for a taller effect.
Step 5. Stick your picks into your appetizer or desserts to make a very lovely homemade impact on your special day:)
Erin made a Polaroid cake topper for her wedding. You may have seen something similar before, but what we loved about Erin’s project is how the Polaroid stays on top of the cake seamlessly. No wires sticking out, so neat! Follow her instructions for the little trick.
What you’ll need:
– Matte photo paper
– Self adhesive foam core
– Box cutter
– Tooth picks or deconstructed cake toppers.
– Poladroid application
– Glue gun
– Photo of the 2 of you
Step 1: Download Poladroid and turn your photo into a Polaroid.
Step 2: Print out your photo twice on matte photo paper.
Step 3: Mount the two images on foam core. Using the t-square and box cutter cut out the Polaroids. Cut out the center of one of them.
Step 4: Glue your plastic cake topper picks onto the Polaroid with the image in the center. Glue the Polaroid with no image on top.
Step 5: If you want, add your name and date to the Polaroid.
Step 6: Stick it into your cake!
Continuing with our DIY Contest entires, next project up is a DIY lovebird cake topper made by Mel Hince. This is such an easy and quick project, and we can’t stand the cuteness.
What you’ll need:
– Bird’s nest, or nest makings (can be found at Michael’s)
– Little birdies
– Tiny paper flowers
– A small piece of felt
– PVA glue or glue gun
– Dried moss
Step 1: Start by shaping the nest so that it is the right size for your cake and has enough space for your birdies to sit comfortably.
Step 2: Start filling the nest with some dried moss and secure using PVA glue. Note: You can use a glue gun here, but I find the “glue strings” hard to avoid.
Step 3: Once dried, sit your birdies in the nest. It’s up to you whether you glue them in or not.
Step 4: Pretty the nest up with some tiny paper flowers and finish by gluing a piece of felt on the bottom of the nest to avoid sneaky bits of nest ending up on mum and dad’s piece of cake!
With less than a week left to enter our DIY Contest, we thought we would share one more bit of crafty inspiration. To get your creative juices flowing for our DIY Contest, Olivia of A Field Journal, who is also one of our judges for the contest, stopped by today to share this project created exclusively for us. She created the most adorable mini cake toppers!
What you’ll need:
– For the cake:
– Card stock paper
– White craft glue (such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
– Decorations such as millinery flowers, beaded trim, narrow ribbon, beads, patterned paper, glitter
– For cake stands:
– Wooden circles
– Mini wooden candle sticks
(both available in the woodcraft section of stores like Michaels)
For the cake:
1. To make a tiered cake, draw circles of graduated sizes on card stock and cut out (one circle for each layer). Cut rectangular strips of card stock long enough to form the sides of each cake layer.
2. Using white craft glue, adhere rectangular strips to circles. Let dry, then stack each layer as shown and secure with glue.
3. Decorate by covering the surface of the cake with glitter or by adding decorative trims around each layer such as ribbon, beaded trim or flowers.
For the stand:
1. Glue wooden circle to candlestick base with white craft glue and let dry.
2. Paint with desired color with non-toxic paint.
This time around we’re selecting three winners and the prizes are nothing short of amazing! Remember first place will receive $500 , second place will receive a $300 gift card to ModCloth and third place will receive a Silhouette Machine, a $299 value, so there’s a lot at stake and chances to win one of the great prizes are higher. You can submit any DIY project that can be used for weddings. Just click below to enter and don’t forget to send us at least 4 images of your projects (in-progress and final result photos, and images need to be at least 600 pixels wide). I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Last day to enter is October 3rd!
Another project sent by Julia, who also made this adorable DIY Travel Paper Plane Mobile. This time she made a teacup cake topper, that can be found either at thrift stores or in your grandma’s cupboard. It’s a great alternative if you would like to honor your grandparents if the traditional figurine cake topper is not your thing.
What you’ll need:
-vintage teacup and saucer
-paper embellishments (I used pearl stickers)
-bowl of water
Step 1: Trim floral foam to a size that will fit snugly into your teacup. Poke holes in the top to allow water to soak through better.
Step 2: Place floral foam in a bowl of water and tape down so it doesn’t float up. Make sure water gets into the holes you poked. Allow foam to soak at least ten minutes, but ideally over an hour (the more water it has, the longer the flowers will last).
Step 3: Arrange trimmed flowers in teacup, poking stems into the foam. If stems are soft or really thick, make a hole in the foam before inserting flower so you don’t break the stem.
Step 4: Cut paper into a flag shape and write names of the bride and groom on it. Embellish with whatever you choose (I used pearl stickers).
Step 5: Fold paper over end of twig and secure with glue dots. Insert twig into the foam of your flower arrangement.
Step 6: Place teacup and saucer on cake and take lots of pictures!
*All photos by Picture Party
Having a forest-inspired wedding? These cake toppers are just a touch of whimsy and woodsy, perfect for that outdoors fête. Handcrafted by Jennifer Murphy using ribbon, cotton, paper, felt and tulle, these adorable birds and bunnies will also look great displayed in your home after the wedding, too!