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ultra-festive diy cake topper

This past month I hit the 10,000 followers milestone on Instagram. Wowza. It's crazy to think that just this past October I was starting my 'little blog' as 'just a little creative outlet'. Isn't it funny, how as women, or just as humans who aren't yet sure how something will turn out, we use words like 'just' or 'little' or 'side-project' to downplay how we really feel about something.

If I'm being completely honest, which I always try to do on here, this hasn't been just a 'little side project' for me. I spend a lot of time and precious 'nap hours' writing and taking countless photos in just the right light... and then editing those photos to be bright and appealing. I've given myself weekly deadlines, and created content calendars outlining what's getting posted when. I've invested in giveaways to help grow my following, and collaborations to help grow relationships. Because, the way I see it... the benefit of a larger following is that I have a greater reach, and more opportunities to share the things I love and write about HERE, with everyone out THERE!

This blog has given me a 'job' over the past year. One that allows me to have a flexible schedule, to write about things I care about, to try new fun brands and products, and to share all of it with you! So thanks for following along and supporting this project that is a little bigger than it was before!

So with that, I wanted to share a fun DIY cake topper today! I used to make and sell boatloads of these out of my Etsy shop (a shop that has been on a permanent vacation because time and baby and etc. etc.), so I thought what better way to celebrate, than to share my cake topper secret sauce.

This topper is super festive and also pretty easy to make. The one I'm sharing today is perfect for any birthday, or anniversary, or occasion that celebrates a number! But you could always ditch the numbers for some letters, or even drop the wood pennant all together and keep it simple with a strand of ribbon pennant flags!

What You'll Need:

  • Glue gun

  • Acrylic paint (I used white for the wood pennant and a metallic 'FolkArt' brand gold paint for the numbers)

  • Martha Stewart yellow gold glitter

  • 'Art Minds' wood numbers and letters from Michaels

  • Wood pennant flag and wood sticks, also from Michaels

  • Skinny craft sticks

  • String

  • Scissors

  • 1/4 inch ribbon in colors of your choosing

Put It Together:

  1. Paint wood pennant and your numbers

  2. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle the numbers with glitter

  3. Once dry, hot glue the numbers to the painted wood pennant

  4. Cut two pieces of string, each 4'' long

  5. Tie one piece of string around a craft stick, and secure it with a dot of hot glue on the back. Repeat the process with the second string, tied to a second stick.

  6. Cut 6 pieces of ribbon each 1.5'' long (these will make up your pennant flags). I used three different colors, so I cut two pieces of each color.

  7. Attach 3 ribbon pennant flags to each string by folding the ribbon over the string, and securing the two sides together with a line of hot glue. I like to put the glue closer to the center so the flags are secured to the string, leaving the 'tails' of the flag free.

  1. Once all 6 flags are in place, trim a inverted 'V' shape in each flag

  1. Tie the two free ends to the wood pennant flag. The one I used (from Michaels) has two small holes on each corner, but if your wood plaque is solid, just hot glue your strings to the back.

Now all that's left to do is place on your cake and CELEBRATE!


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