i promise that d*s won’t become land-of-weddings from now until ac and i are married but i couldn’t resist this fun diy project from readers luke and brian. married last october, luke and brian wanted something unique to use as a cake topper (on top of a stand full of cupcakes!) so they came up with these birds that were built to look like the happy couple (inspired by the work of ann wood). made out of styrofoam covered in glue and tissue with fabric and sparkles, each little topper has decorative details like wire glasses or an acorn hat that makes them the perfect way to add a little character and diy fun to your wedding. brian was kind enough to share his instructions below so click here for the full post or click “read more” below for directions and another adorable photo. [thanks (and congrats!) brian and luke!]
DIY wedding cake toppers
What you’ll need:
-paper and pencil to sketch
-knife or carving tool to carve the foam
-glitter, beads, pins and decorative details like buttons, fabric covered wire and pipe cleaners
1. First we sketched out our ideas based on a photo of us, then decided (by making a mock up of the cake) what size we wanted the final piece to be.
2. We then carved the body and head shapes out of white styrofoam, sanded them smooth with sandpaper and applied a layer of craft glue to harden and gloss.
3. Then we added a few thin layers of white tissue and craft glue to give a hard smooth surface on which to work.
[From here on out the decorative details are up to you...]
4. The bodies were then covered in fine glitter to look like sugar and eyes (made of beads with flathead pins attached) were pinned into the foam forms.
5. The wings and tails were made of tweed fabric (with a layer of clear glue to shape them and keep from fraying).
6. The beaks and legs are toothpicks dipped in glue and and glitter.
7. Brian’s eyeglasses are made of fabric covered wire and Luke’s hat is made from the top of an acorn!