cupcake holder and cake topper

My favorite part of my DIY wedding decorations was my cake topper. It was also the part that took the longest. I spend many nights working on it and was so happy that it turned out the way it did. But first I made a cupcake holder to put my cake topper on. I went to my favorite store Ikea and bought 3 different sized plates and one espresso cup and saucer. I used clear spice jars that I painted white as the bottom two risers and the espresso mug as the top riser. I glued them all together with epoxy. 

For the cake topper I did a lot of searching online. I wanted something fun but just couldn’t find anything I loved. I saw a few people had made their own out of clay so I decided to try it. When I was younger I did lots of miniature sculptures make from Sculpey clay so I even had some clay to experiment with. I bought armature wire and a few more colors of Sculpey that I didn’t already have.

First I made the basic shapes out of wire and tin foil.

Then I made the fire helmet first because I thought this would be the hardest part. 

Since the helmet turned out good I continued working.

Making hair was definitely the hardest part and the most time consuming. I think I spent one night making all the pieces of hair. It took forever!

Cooked and almost done. Putting them in the oven was the scariest part!

Last part was making my glasses and gluing them to a base. 

And the back.

Here’s what it all looked like the night of the wedding. 

 

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wedding decorations

Next up is wedding decorations.

I made this banner with our names on it for the fireplace which we got married in front of. I ordered the fabric from Spoonflower. I was very happy with the quality and the price was reasonable too. I cut out the pieces and sewed them to a ribbon. It was quick and easy since I already had all the artwork done from the invitations.

We only had small tables and I didn’t want any center pieces because there really wasn’t room for them.  I don’t really like flowers and I was trying to keep everything affordable so they really weren’t in the budget anyway. Since we love to travel I thought the perfect thing for us was to use all our travel photos somehow. I made these photo triangles with photos from all our trips. You can check out all our travels here. There were about 10 of them and they were all different. These were on some of the tables and along the bar along with blue glass tea lights.  Since I spent so much time going through photos to find the best ones I also turned all them in to a small photo book after the wedding for us to keep. I had a free photo book coupon from Shutterfly so it turned out perfect and was a great recap of all our trips before we go married.

My mom made me a card box that matched my invitations perfectly! She told me she was making it but what it looked like was a surprise until the day before the wedding. And it turned out awesome!

And the Thank You cards I made after we got our photos back. We choose our favorite photo for the front and another smaller one on the inside.

I ordered them from Vistaprint. I got the matte finish notecards and they were nice quality.

Tomorrow will be party favors.

One Year

Since next week is our one year anniversary and I never put anything about all my DIY wedding projects on here I thought it would be a good time to document all the work I did in a very short time (which is why nothing got posted on here while it was happening).

So first is the invitations. I designed them with a love bird theme.
Here’s the outside of the envelopes with a wrap around address label. Inside you can see an envelopment with a ribbon around it.

After you take the ribbon off this is what you would see.

Inside were two coaster one with our logo and one with the map of where the wedding would be.

Also in the envelope was a RVSP card. Since it’s hard to read here’s what your options were.
Can’t wait! or have to miss the fun : (
And on the bottom it asked all the guess for two song requests. We made an ipod play list in advance instead of having a DJ.

And if you flipped it over the little bird said “See you soon!”

Oh and the actual invite.
Incase you can’t read it the top says:

They have been world travelers, dive buddies and wine tasters but most of all they have been friends. Please join them as they become husband and wife. 

And here they all are ready to mail after lots of long nights of printing and cutting and gluing. And lots of help from my mom who loves to cut circles and squares! Thanks Mom!

I’ll be posting about a cupcake tree, cake topper, card box, decorations, bouquet, thank you cards and the wedding album over the next week.