Monday, March 11, 2013

Decorating Your Cake and Eating it Too

This weekend my baby brother got married! You may know him from me constantly posting pictures of his babies on here and on Instagram. It was really small, really intimate, and really great. I'm hoping that they decide to do it every single year. That wouldn't be weird. It would be fun.

Anyways, I thought I'd do a little round up of some of the crafts they let me make for the day, with a few easy instructions. Today we'll start with the cake topper! 

They got a delicious cake from Alliance Bakery here in Chicago and agreed to let me whip up a topper for them. I saw this one and really liked it, but with 18 hours until the wedding, there was no time to order anything. If you have the time, I encourage you to go through this Etsy vendor, who has a gorgeous array of colors/beautiful personalized toppers. 

For the last-minute, at-home version, you will need:

I freehanded the banner and puzzle pieces, but if you're looking to do something more complicated/that looks better, just print it out and cut! Using a white paint pen like above is a good way to disguise wayward pencil lines / to hide the fact that you printed clip art off the internet. I won't tell anyone.

Since I didn't take any pictures of the process, which was happening at 2 a.m. the morning before the wedding, here is a little illustrated step-by-step:

As long as the cardstock is about as hefty as a greeting card, it will hold up! I bought some blank cards from Blick for it, since I like always having blank cards on hand for when I inevitably forget a birthday.

And many congrats to the happy couple! Welcome to the family, sis.


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