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How to Make a Clothespin Cake Topper

comments (11) May 22nd, 2012     

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erika_kern Erika Kern, contributor
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With a bit of paint, glitter, and lace, clothespins become an adorable bride and groom.
Plain wooden clothespins just waiting to be transformed.
Use a pencil to draw the outline of your design onto your clothespins. Use a light touch at first so you can erase stray lines.
With a bit of paint, glitter, and lace, clothespins become an adorable bride and groom.

With a bit of paint, glitter, and lace, clothespins become an adorable bride and groom.

Photo: Erika Kern

I have been looking at many a bridal magazine in preparation for my friend Jen's upcoming wedding, and the one thing I'm starting to learn is, boy, is everything expensive. Even the cake toppers! If you want something unique and individual, you'd best be prepared pay. I saw a cute wooden pair in one magazine for $80. Being the crafty gal I am, these prices did not discourage me; no, $80 for a cake topper is a challenge. And I think I've figured something out...all for the bargain price of $10.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Doll pins (you can find them at your local craft store or here)
  • Pencil
  • Craft paints
  • Clear gloss varnish (I like Delta Ceramcoat Gloss Interior Varnish)
  • Lace or ribbon with a width of at least 1-1/2 inches
  • Small buttons for bouquet
  • Multisurface glue (like E-6000)
  • Fabric glue
  • 2-1/2-inch-diameter wooden circle
  • Glitter (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Fine Glitter in White Gold

Plain wooden clothespins just waiting to be transformed.

These pins come in big bags of 30, so why not use this technique and make individual dolls of the whole bridal party?

Once you have your pins, it's time to figure out your design. Use the bride and groom as inspiration for your cake topper. Give the dolls their hair color and style...dress them in clothes to match their bridal attire.


Use a pencil to draw the outline of your design onto your clothespins. Use a light touch at first so you can erase stray lines.

Once you've settled on a design you like, it's time to paint. I used paints I already had on hand, but you can get craft paints for 99 cents a bottle. Have fun with your colors! If you don't have the right shade, mix colors until you've reached it. You can also layer colors to give your painting extra depth. This is especially nice on the hair.


Once you've painted your bride and groom, coat them in a gloss varnish. After painting, your groom is done, so now we have to add the skirt to our bride's dress.

I used lace for the bride's skirt, but if your bride's dress is all satin, feel free to use ribbon. Alter the technique in any way to make the dress more like your bride-to-be.


Starting at our bride's feet, glue the lace onto the clothespin in a tiered fashion. I used two glues: a multisurface glue to glue the lace onto the wooden pin and a fabric glue to glue the lace to itself.

Sew a small button and a bit of ribbon onto the center of the last tier of lace as the bridal bouquet. I used vintage buttons I had in my stash, but you can find many beautiful small buttons in your local fabric store.

Now that your bride and groom are finished, it's time to make the base.


A 2-1/2-inch-diameter wooden disc found at your local craft store serves as the base for your bride and groom.

Cover the base in fine-cut glitter. Once the glue from your glitter has dried, apply several coats of clear gloss varnish to lock the glitter into place and prevent it from flaking off on your cake.

Let the varnish dry overnight.


Glue your bride and groom onto the glitter base. Once it's dry, your topper is ready for your cake!

$10 for a cute cake topper...that's $70 more you can spend on the honeymoon! Woo-hoo!

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Comments (11)

EchoLin writes: the couple is shy , i just wonder what gifts i should give to my friends, your sharing give me the inspiration, thank you.
Posted: 1:42 am on March 15th
Criativa writes: Que cute! It is very adorable. Thans a lot for the ideia. :)
Posted: 10:30 am on July 3rd
LianaDim writes: Love it!:)
Posted: 8:44 am on July 27th
buckeyegirl1721 writes: Dang, I got married in 2007 so I can't make this! Instead, I could make them into superheroes for my son's birthday party :)
Posted: 11:02 pm on May 18th
KarylC writes: My husband and I are having our 50th anniversary this summer and I am going to make these in "replicas" of our wedding clothes. (He was in his Navy whites) We had a tiny little wedding, no wedding cake, so no topper to reuse for the big anniversary. This will be fun!
KarylC
Posted: 7:34 pm on May 16th
camilaustral writes: that's adorable!!
but here in Chile we don'r use that kind of clothespin, we use the ones that have like a metal coil thingie... and we call them "perros para ropa" , perro=dog, and ropa=clothes.
i wouldn't know how to translate it tho :P
Posted: 4:30 pm on May 16th
Miba writes: Those are so cute!!!
Posted: 5:28 pm on May 14th
Sweet_Dee writes: These cake toppers are adorable....kinda makes you wanna get married again! Don't hubby go for it though!
Posted: 2:23 am on May 14th
swinginmartinis writes: These are awesome! When my hubby and I eloped, but then had a reception anyway, we did everything ourselves, including makng our cake toppers! I made mine out of sculpey, but anything to make your wedding day more about you than keeping up with Bridal Magazines, the better! I'll post pictures of mine!
Posted: 4:17 pm on May 13th
Sister_Diane writes: Hee hee hee, this is the cutest thing EVER. I may make one for my partner and me in lieu of actually getting married. :-)
Posted: 1:05 pm on May 13th
susanstars writes: That is amazingly cute, Erika! Love it!!!
Posted: 1:05 pm on May 13th
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