- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
I had fallen in love with the idea of little wooden versions of Mr Knit and I, made by goosegrease on Etsy. Mr Knit was pretty smitten with the idea too. Something about the simplicity of these minis spoke to our modern sense of design. However, this project stayed on the back burner until a trip to Joann’s Fabric this weekend. Mr Knit and I were picking up supplies for another wedding project and I said “Let’s swing by the wood section”. I was thinking we could build our own people using various wood shapes. As we were comparing wood spheres for the appropriately sized heads, my eyes landed on a package of perfectly sized, already assembled, wooden people! My eyes scanned the price… $1.29! Whooo hooo! I did a quick celebratory dance and quickly pulled Mr Knit to the next aisle to stock up on paints.
An afternoon later, I had mini-Mr Knit and mini-Miss Knit- for a whopping $8.37! If you have a selection of paint on hand, you could do this project for a mere $2. Seriously? Seriously! Alright Miss Knit, get on with the ‘structions!
two 2.5 inch lengths of 1/16inch diameter dowel
Drill with 1/16 inch bit (or size to fit dowel)
Pencil (with eraser if you draw like me!)
Fine Grit Finishing Sandpaper
Empty Cardboard Box
Assortment of small paint brushes
Aerosol Clear Finish
1) In order for these babies to sit pretty atop your cupcakes, they need some stabilization. Cut two 2.5 inch lengths of dowel. I cut mine longer to have a good handle to hold while painting, and cut them down to 2.5 inches when I was finished.
2) Drill a hole in the bottom of your mini to the approximate depth of 1 inch.
Funny story: this is the battery powered screw driver I had when I met Mr Knit. I insisted it was a drill- he just laughed at me. I have a “real” drill now- but it was loaned to friends of ours so I had to whip out my “baby drill”
3) Insert the dowel, but do glue.
Notice the bottle of beer in the background- New Belgium Mothership Wit- an organic wheat beer. Yummm… in the Knit house we have brews while we DIY… that’s how we roll.
4) Using pencil, draw out the features of your mini. If necessary, erase.
Finished pencil “guides”
5) Use fine grit sandpaper to smooth out your mini. Your pencil marks will lighten up (this is good- so to not show through light colored paints)
sanded and ready to go
6) Take the empty box, flip it upside down and poke holes the diameter of the dowels in the bottom. This is where you will rest your mini when not working on it. This is especially handy when the paint is drying.
See a trend?(yep thats a beer box)
Hint: when the whole mini is wet with paint or clear coat, you can guide your mini into its drying position from underneath the box- touching only the dowel. And yes, that is a beer box- any question why a brewery themed wedding is totally us?
7) Apply paint. Don’t be shy- apply multiple coats if necessary. A good rule of thumb is to paint the light colors first. If you make a mistake, use a paper towel dipped in water to clean away wet paint. If the paint dries and you are unhappy with the result, erase with sandpaper and start over.
Almost done painting, still have to do the bouquet. I love Mr Knit’s cuff links and converse all stars!
*sigh* were cute as minis!
8) Admire you work… it’s coming along!
Mr Knit likes his mini and boy does it look like him!
9) Spray with a clear coat. Apply liberally but be careful to avoid drips. Let it dry and repeat.
Notice the difference: Mini Mr Knit has been clear coated, Mini Miss Knit has not.
So happy with how the bouquet came out! Time to clear coat Mini Miss Knit.
10) Take your minis off their dowels and pose them around the house. Warning: this is seriously addictive! Ours are currently hanging out on the fireplace mantle… chillin’. When you are ready to put them into service, be sure to glue to dowels inside the minis- you would hate to lose the dowel in your cupcake!
Meet the Knits!
They are even cute from behind!
My favorite quote of the day came from Mr. Knit holding his mini: “What do you want me to do with… umm… me?!”
Note: This tutorial can be adapted for larger Wedding Cake toppers using larger wooden people and a base rather than pegs.
I hope you enjoy making your own Minis!