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See why this is the easiest DIY wedding cake topper you can make! (And it's a sexy beast of a thing too)
Posted by Kate, Hall Occasions on May 18, 2016
DIY Wedding Cake Topper
Cheap and amazingly easy!
All it takes is some card stock, glue and a couple of toothpicks to complete this little ripper of a wedding cake banner!
When it comes to do it yourself wedding options, there are some fabulous ideas out there.
And then... there are some not so fabulous options.
Sometimes you need to step the heck back from Pinterest and realise you are not Martha freaking Stewart.
You may even be a complete DIY screw up. And that's ok!
Let's face it, most of us stopped playing with craft items in Primary school, so whilst the idea of the glitter ball stuffed with a homemade candle suspended by hand knotted chiffon seems like a great idea, at the end of the day, you're just going to get a face full of glitter that's going to be in your hair for months, and a freshly wax burnt hand all ready for those close up shots.
Step away from the glue gun girl!
There are, however, some things that actually can save you money, that you really can make yourself for your wedding day without difficultly.
This do it yourself wedding cake topper is certainly one of them. If you can be trusted with glue and paper scissors- you're good to go!
You will need-
- Access to a printer to print your text design.
- Card stock (cardboard) - try and get some that isn't too firm so it doesn't crease too much when you fold it. We used 200 gsm gloss photo paper.
- A ruler
- A pencil
- Toothpicks ( or bamboo skewers for a taller cake banner)
- A pair of scissors
- Quick dry glue ( we love Helmars Quick dry adhesive)
and that's it!
View our video below, or scroll down for detailed instructions. Please feel absolutely free to comment with any questions you may have, and we'll be sure to answer them to the best of our ability.
Your Easy do it yourself cake topper- step by step instructions
1- Design and print your desired look.
All you need is microsoft word or an equivalent- not a crazy design program. Try and keep in mind the size of your cake when choosing a font size
Sticking with the KISS (keep it simple stupid) method is highly recommended for maximum impact of design.
We recommend cardboard thicker than paper, however not too stiff (remember to keep it away from candles if you're using lighting on your cake!) . We used 200gsm A4 gloss photo paper, however anything around the 180- 240gsm range should do the trick just wonderfully for you.
It's often a good idea to print it several times on the same piece of cardstock- just in case you happen to cut a little off the 1st time- this will give you spares without needing to use further stock and waste time.
2- Measure and cut your design
For a fabulous look- try and keep the same amount of blank space above and below the text, so it is centred. Simply use a light pencil as a guide for your cutting.
Alternatively, use a guillotine that can aid in straight line cuts.
Remember! You will want to leave a cm or 2 of blank space at each edge to allow room to create your tabs.
3- Fold the edges of the card stock towards the rear to create glue tabs
We like to fold quite closely to the edges of the text so the wording is centred easily, however feel free to have a play around and see what you like the look of!
You do not need a full crease, just a firm fold, try and avoid a harsh, creased edge as in the next step you'll want to achieve a sense of an infinity edge that wraps effortlessly around the picks.
Be sure to fold towards the back of your banner
4- Place glue on tabs
Turn your cake banner over and use your chosen adhesive. We love Helmars quick dry glue, however any fast set glue should work wonderfully for you.
5- Place picks along crease, and fold tabs over
Remember to cover the tops of the tooth picks (or skewers) so they can not be seen. Set aside to dry.
And that's it! You're done creating your design!
Show us your pics below!!!!