Opening our DIY Contest is Sarah G., with the cutest DIY steampunk cake topper! The theme of our contest is “Found Tucked Away and Used Today”, where participants must reuse an old item in a do-it-yourself project. The winner will receive $500, and the second place winner a $100 gift certificate to Wendy Mink Jewelry!

Sarah upcycled her mom’s vintage cake topper to adapt to their quirky personalities:
DIY do-it-yourself steampunk vintage cake topper robot wedding couple
DIY do-it-yourself steampunk vintage cake topper robot wedding couple

What you’ll need:

– a base (either someone’s old cake topper, wooden box, or anything your imagination come’s up with – you could even use something like this)
– craft paint from Michaels or any craft store
– paint brushes
– hot glue and hot glue gun
– wooden pieces (found at any craft store, usually in the model building section)
– gear scrapbooking pieces (from Michaels or any craft store)
DIY do-it-yourself steampunk vintage cake topper robot wedding couple
DIY do-it-yourself steampunk vintage cake topper robot wedding couple

Instructions:

Step 1: Find a base for the caketopper. I used the base from my mom’s old cake topper. I removed the old tulle, fake flowers and little figurines (with her permission of course) and painted over the yellowed plastic with a base of silver paint.

Step 2: I started to “antique” the base by dry brushing tiny bits of black paint over the silver. The swirling in the hearts reminded me on wrought iron so I tried to imitate that as much as possible. The little spheres reminded me of lightbulbs so using a creamy-yellow I painted them to resemble light bulbs. Working with what you have is always a challenge, but if you take a moment to look at what you have things start to reveal themselves.

Step 3: Using small wooden pieces you can find at any craft store or hobby shop I constructed 2 small robot figurines by hot-gluing the pieces together.

Step 4: Paint robot figurines to your liking and hot-glue to the completed (and dried) base.

Step 5: To make the caketopper a bit more “mechanical” (because my fiancee is an engineer and likes all things mechanical) I found some clock gears, usually used for scrapbooking, and added them. Make sure everything is secure and dried.

A little more from Sarah:
This is definitely a piece I will keep after the wedding. It means a lot because it contains a piece of my parents wedding and all the love I put into our wedding. Plus it’s neat and quirky, just like us!

To enter your DIY Contest, email me at amanda @ ruffledblog.com or click here for details. Last day to submit your project is March 25, so hurry!

26 comments

Comments (26):

  • Candice B on April 8, 2010

    Absolutely love it, this is so totally you guys!! I vote #1 all the way!
  • Geny on April 7, 2010

    I love it! Totally unique!!
  • Kat on April 6, 2010

    A+
  • Cailey on April 5, 2010

    SO cute, VOTE!!!!
  • Amandasoontobemoury on April 5, 2010

    SO cute! LOVE it Sarah!
  • Alex MacDonald on April 5, 2010

    This is awesome. It's really unique and personal, and cool. Number #1.
  • oldhollywoodbride on April 4, 2010

    Very one-of-a-kind, something to treasure for ever! Hope you win Sarah!!!! ^_^
  • Summer on April 4, 2010

    This is so unique and an amazing transformation! I love it!!!
  • Ashley on April 4, 2010

    Awesome design Sarah!! I <3 it!! :) Great Job!
  • BettyAnn on April 3, 2010

    Just love this cake topper. So unique!
  • Kathleen on April 3, 2010

    This gets my vote! #1 all the way!
  • Ang on March 9, 2010

    Sarah! AMAZING :)
  • Irene on March 5, 2010

    very cute and crafty...luv it!
  • Karen G on March 5, 2010

    Love the re-cycled cake topper Sarah - so quirky like you and your FH. Since it was originally my cake topper, gotta say I never really thought of it as "vintage." Your dad and I are so happy that part of our special day will be part of yours as well!
  • Nathalie on March 5, 2010

    I love how the robots are gazing lovingly into eachother's eyes
  • Danigoots on March 5, 2010

    LOVE IT!!!!
  • Liza on March 5, 2010

    So unique and quirky....Love it..great job Sarah!
  • Jessica on March 5, 2010

    Love it Sarah! You've got my vote!
  • TashaSita on March 5, 2010

    I loooove this cake topper. It is totally original, and I love the vintage podium the bots are on! This is a fab unique touch!
  • Kara on March 4, 2010

    This is awesome!!!! It's so unique & eclectic
  • MIBride080610 on March 4, 2010

    I love this! Original and cute!
  • buhdoop on March 4, 2010

    Love it, so original.
  • sarahlovesandy on March 4, 2010

    awesome job sarah...something to be proud of for sure!
  • Luca on March 4, 2010

    Love it!
  • Amber R on March 4, 2010

    loveee it SARAH <3
  • Aimee Dupont on March 4, 2010

    This is adorable and totally unique. LOVE IT SARAH ... you have my vote ;)

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