Before we get started with all of the inspiration boards to share the trends we’ve been loving on, we thought we should sneak in a fun DIY for you! We know that watercolour is much loved and lettering is pretty popular around here too. We had our DIY’er put together this little video to show you how you can make your own topper that is perfect for that bridal shower cake, and if you practice up, a wedding cake!
For reference, the video shows a Pentel Aquabrush, Tombow Dual Brush Pen, and Studio G gray brush pen.
Our favourite parts of this topper are the organic torn edges and the deep greeny blue watercolours! Put the brides new last name on the cake, initials, or even the word ‘love’. To add the watercolour banner to a cake, simply use skewers or coffee stir sticks and tape to the back of the banner.
If you use this DIY and make your own watercolour banner cake topper, we’d love to see the photos! Tag us on social @bespokedecor
I’m so happy with how today’s DIY came out for you guys! Cake toppers can be crazy extravagant- or they can be simple. They’re an expression of who you are, and don’t need to be a gigantic rhinestone monogram if you don’t want it to be. If you’re crafty (or just really love glitter), might I suggest today’s DIY? These glitter or confetti cake toppers would also be the perfect topper for a wedding shower… or a cupcake tower… just saying (these guys will pretty much work anywhere- they’re so darn cute!). The best part about them is you can make them any shape you wish. Pretty awesome, right?
Well it get’s more awesome, they only cost a few bucks- but don’t look it. Ready to learn how? Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
Hot glue gun & Plenty of extra glue sticks
Parchment paper (not wax paper- trust me)
Marker & Paper (or print a template)
Glitter or foil confetti
A Cake (obs.)
Start by figuring out what you’d like your topper to say. You could print off a template using your favourite fonts or you could draw something. I drew a script ‘love’ and a simple ‘A & C’. Script works wonderful because you can keep it in one piece (less picks are needed). Once you have your design, place parchment over top and tape it in place. You’ll notice in these process photos that the colour of the ‘parchment’ paper switches halfway through. That’s because I’m not really a baker and figured wax paper and parchment did the same thing. So when I read that hot glue doesn’t stick to parchment, I marched to my kitchen and grabbed wax paper. Be smarter than me and start with parchment- because wax paper sticks, okay? I probably didn’t have to tell you that- you’re a smart cookie.
Alright! Now heat up your glue gun and lightly trace the design you have, Press a toothpick in where you will be sticking your topper into the cake. Choose somewhere that’s near the bottom of the design but has enough height to hold a good bit of the toothpick (you don’t want it falling out!).
When that’s dry, trace over it again, making sure to get all the areas hot- then sprinkle your glitter or foil confetti over. Sprinkle a LOT and press it gently in with your fingers. Let it dry completely, then flip it over. When you do this you might want to un-tape the parchment to pour the leftover confetti/glitter back into your container to re-use (confetti is good stuff, you can’t go wasting it!). I find it easiest to add a layer of hot glue to the back by holding the toothpick- this way I get all the edges. But doing it on the parchment works great too (especially if you have a steady hand). Then sprinkle all that confetti back on there and press it gently in. If you have a long script word, do it in sections so the glue doesn’t harden before you get the confetti or glitter in there (see below).
Let it dry completely. When it’s done you’ll have beautifully shiny cake toppers! If your foil confetti has quite large pieces, you might need to trim the ones that are hanging over the edges just to clean up the shapes. What do you think of this DIY? Would you consider using it for your big day? What about your best friend’s wedding shower? I know that this isn’t a dating blog… but this would also be perrrrfect for a Valentines Day shindig.
I have to say- it completely makes my day to hear that you’ve tried the DIYs we work hard to put out for you! Thank you so much to those of you who have let us know… seriously- happy dance. And if you plan on trying… please don’t stop letting us know! We love it : )
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