We all know that planning a wedding takes a lot of work – mostly because we are trying to work everything into our budget so that we can have the most beautiful wedding possible, right?! Well, I am doing that for a wedding this weekend…a friend and I have been doing everything we can to make the bride and groom’s small budget go very far. With no extra money for a wedding cake topper, I came up with this idea out of desperation!
Easy DIY Wedding Cake Topper
What You Need
*A small piece of cardboard
*2 wooden skewers
How To Make It
To make your own wedding cake topper, you first need to decide what you want it to look like – two hearts intertwined or an initial seem to be the most popular classic options! I found a pretty heart pattern online and printed it out.
Then I cut it out and traced it onto a small piece of cardboard.
To cut the pattern out of the cardboard, I used my small craft knife instead of scissors – much better results!
The next step is to paint your cardboard white on both sides. Even though the front will be covered in beads, if you use glass beads as I did, you would be able to see a little bit of a brown reflection through the clear beads. The back needs to be painted if you are not covering it in beads (I did not, since I know that where the cake will be this weekend, no one will be able to see the back.), but even if you are, just like the front, you would want it to be painted white. For fun, I sprinkled a bit of salt into the wet paint on the BACK of my wedding cake topper to add some sparkle!
Once your paint is completely dry, you’ll need to get your glue gun heated up and have plenty of glue sticks nearby. You’ll also need to get your beads ready by spreading them out on a disposable plate, or a plastic one that you don’t mind peeling a little bit of hot glue off when you’re finished. I had some glass beads leftover from some jewelry I made in the beginning of the year, and it was perfect! I used a mixture of white, clear, and silver beads. The silver are gorgeous because it gives the look of shiny crystal. I recommend using a lot of silver if you have them!
Your next step will be to completely cover your prepped cardboard with beads. You’ll do this by applying hot glue to your wedding cake topper one section at a time, and quickly dipping that section into the beads. Start with the edges!
Doesn’t it look pretty already?! Now, work on the front of it. I put glue on just a small area at a time so that I could sprinkle beads on before the glue cooled. It is a good idea to carefully (don’t burn yourself!) press the beads into the hot glue so that they are secure.
After you are finished covering the whole front, look carefully for any spots that didn’t get covered completely, and touch them up with a little more hot glue and beads.
Next, you’ll want to cut your skewers to the length you prefer, and stick them CAREFULLY into the wedding cake topper that you just made so that you can stick this into the cake. (If you don’t feel comfortable easing them in to the cardboard, you could try taping them to the back.) I had no problem putting the skewers in….I did add a little hot glue in a couple spots because it made me feel like they were more secure. 🙂 (And I love using hot glue.) 🙂
This is so easy and so fun! You get to design your own wedding cake topper and save money in the process! 🙂 Comment below if you try this! If you have a friend getting married, tell them about this easy DIY wedding cake topper!
Here are other ideas for wedding decor on a tight budget!