How to Make a Clothespin Cake Toppercomments (11) May 22nd, 2012
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)
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Now that your bride and groom are finished, it's time to make the base.
Let the varnish dry overnight.
$10 for a cute cake topper...that's $70 more you can spend on the honeymoon! Woo-hoo!
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