- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2011
As a non-traditional bride-to-be, I think I pick apart every tradition and try to personalize it. It’s my goal to make every part of my wedding somewhat unique. I honestly don’t have room in my home for wedding “stuff,” and the cake topper falls in that catagory. With an eco-friendly themed wedding, I wanted something that wouldn’t end up in a landfill or that my kids will end up putting in a storage unit later on. We’re a blended family, my fiance’ and I have a son together, and my fiance’ has a 10 year old son as well. I wanted to encorporate the kids into our wedding, as it is a “family” affair.
Thank god for Cricut cutters! Who said cake toppers couldn’t be paper?! LOOK AT THE PICS FIRST, AND THEN READ DIRECTIONS – It’s kind of confusing if you don’t know what the finished product looks like!
Although I don’t have a cricut cutter myself, I have comissioned a friend to make this for me. It’s a simple family cut-out from Cricut. When combined with the “Welded” cartridge, you can get the hand-in-hand look (called “Welded Family”). Since we’re doing a cupcake tower with a small cake on top, our topper will be smaller.
The order of the welded family will go: boy, man, woman, boy
Cut approx 10 or so of the family at the desired height out of colored cardstock to match your event. 5 inches or so will do. (The pretty paper I liked wasn’t cardstock, so I’m making the front piece of paper my pretty colored stuff, and making 9 scrap cardstock families to glue together to make it more sturdy.)
Layer 1/2 the families, gluing one piece to the back of another to make it thick. Make sure to put your pretty colored paper on the front! Glue one or two popcicle sticks to the back of your first set to stick them into your cake, then glue the second set of paper cutouts to that, (order: front pretty paper cutout, 5 or so cardstock cutouts glued together, glue popcicle sticks, glue 5 or so more cardstock cutouts) making more of a chipboard type cutout.
TADA! Eco-friendly, cheap, and customizable!