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Wooden base SThe trend now is to have sparkle-y things in weddings. Call it “wedding jewelry”.  The most common accessory is bling on top of your cake.  I really wanted to get one, but I wasn’t willing to pay over $20, expecially for a plastic one.  I know I should be so frugal with this, but when am I ever going to use it again?  This is my thought, I can make one for a lot less money, have creative personalization, something meaningful, and a keepsake to show my future children. Guess what?  I made one for less than $10 and it turned out real cute and will be special on my cake.  Here are the steps to making my sparkle-y alphabet topper:

  1. I went to a crafts store (Joanne) and bought a 3″ small wooden “S”, my future last initial. I also saw small styro-foam letters at Michael’s if you want to look for that.  It has  to be anything that’s light because when you add the rhinestones it will get heavier.  Other items you will need are paint (color depends on the color of rhonestones), a paint brush, glue, toothpicks, a bag or two of rhinestones (shapes and color depends on you), a small piece of cardboard, and a wooden stick for the base.
  2. First paint the letter cutout.  I painted mine white because I’m using clear rhinestones with silver backing.  Paint both sides.  Make sure the paint is thoroughly dry before you start glueing the stones.
  3. To make it easier, I found, is to pour some glue on a piece of cardboard, so you can reload your toothpick faster.
  4. Also, lay out your rhinestones with the backside facing up, so it would be easier to put glue on it. Now, you can start the process of covering the areas.  If you are working with various sizes, I found it easier to glue the larger pieces first and use the smaller ones to fill in the other spaces.
  5. Cover one side first, let it dry and proceed to do the other side.
  6. Once completed, you may attach the wooder stick on the bottom as the base.  I would give it 3″-4″ in length for the cake.

I’ll be posting up a picture of my wedding cake as soon as that day arrives.  Good luck with your toppers!

Finished TopperWedding cake

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