DIY Cake Topper

If we were playing a word association game, and you said ‘wedding’, I’d definitely say ‘cake.’ The wedding cake is one of my favorite traditions and one of my favorite moments of the celebration. In Medieval England, cakes were stacked as high as possible for the bride and groom to kiss over, a successful kiss guaranteed a prosperous life together. Helen Frances of the London paper studio Frances and Frances creates some of the most beautiful paper flowers I’ve ever seen and I adore her paper cut calligraphy cake topper. So I asked her to create a version for the DIY bride. This project isn’t difficult, but it takes a little time – perfect for keeping your hands busy while you binge watch your favorite TV show. –Amy Azzarito

*We got this beautiful cake from our neighbors at Ovenly. It tasted as good as it looked.

See all the project steps after the jump!

Paper: 2 sheets of green, 1 sheet of pink, 1 sheet of red and 1 sheet of blush
2 A4 sheets, Pink x 1, Red x1, Blush x 1
white card stock for the letters
glue gun + glue sticks
6 toothpicks

Step 1: Print out you and your partners initials plus an ampersand onto card or thick paper. Note* Print them quite large as the bigger they are the easier they will be to make. Ours are approximately 3 inches high.

Step 2: Cut out the letters (remember to cut out any middle sections first if there are any.)

Step 3: Glue the 6 toothpicks to the bottom of each letter. Each character should have 2 toothpicks to give it balance.

Step 4: Take your green sheets of paper and fold them in half. Draw 3 different leaf shapes onto them and repeat until the whole sheet is used. You need both pieces of green paper to have enough leaves for the letters.

Step 5: Take one of the leaves, pinch it at the bottom and glue the bottom party onto a letter. Begin with your smallest and neatest leaves at the ends of the letters and save the larger leaves for the middle.

Step 6: You may need to turn your letter over once it’s covered in leaves and stick a few around those edges to make sure that none of the card will be seen.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 5 and 6 until all the letters have been covered.

Step 8: Draw 5 petals all slightly different in sizes onto your pink paper, gradually increasing the size. Cut these out.

Stage 9: Starting with your smallest cut-out petal, roll it around in your fingers to make a cone shape. Glue the petal so that it is stuck together in its cone shape.

Step 10: Glue the bottom of the next petal and attach it to the cone shape.

Step 11: Repeat Step 10 and slightly overlap each petal each time.

Step 12: Once you have your flower shape glue the bottom and stick it to a letter.

Step 13. Use any remanding leaves to tidy up where the flower has stuck to the leaves.

Step 15. Repeat Stages 8 – 12 with the red and blush coloured paper. Create clusters of flowers by simply gluing one flower next to another.

  1. I love this, beautiful!

  2. gorgeous!! definitely bookmarking this project

  3. Janine says:

    Great idea but it would be better to make it out of sugarpaste/gumpaste if it is going on top of a cake. The paper will touch the cake, get soggy and the dye will run on the frosting. A lot of paper crafts can be translated into sugar craft. I do love the look of it!

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      we had the letters on the cake for at least 6 hours in our (very hot) office and none of those things happened. that’s plenty of time to be out for a standard wedding. and as long as you don’t push them into the actually icing, but just above, they’re totally fine.


  4. Kate says:

    This is beautiful! Another project I wish I had found before I got married…

  5. Sarade says:

    This is gorgeous and so creative…the sky is the limit with designs!

  6. So pretty! I’m going to do this for fathers day. Less flowers maybe! “Thinking through making”- W D Teague

  7. martha says:

    Can you share where you found that beautiful cake stand?

  8. Jorge de la Barra says:

    This is so awesome!!!!!!

  9. Holly says:

    Paper punches would speed up the paper cutting process…..or perhaps using those amazing paper die-cut machines! I would see these initials on pennants, flags or banners, too

  10. So simple and so cute!!!

  11. Christina says:

    Wow – absolutely gorgeous! But I guess also REALLY time consuming.

  12. lyndsay says:

    this is such a beautiful cake topper idea!! i was going to suggest the same thing as holly, a paper leaf punch would be great for the leafy bits. LOVE THIS! thanks for sharing!


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