DIY – Initials Cake-topper

Justabride here from the featured wedding earlier this week.

Someone asked about our crystal initials caketopper that I made. I was pretty much on a low budget for a lot of things and didn’t want to spend so much on it. Our initials “KS” was one of our themes for our wedding which is why I used it for our caketopper.

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I ordered the letters (Silver Acrylic Mirror) from weddingcuts. They were so helpful and designed the topper in the exact same font as the initials on our stationery.

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Note: you should consider the width of the top layer of your cake before deciding on the size of your letters. You don’t want to have your caketopper be wider than your cake. The top layer of our cake was 6 inches wide so I specified 3″ high x 1/8″ thick per letter. You also have the option of ordering single letters, words, shapes etc. Total cost including shipping $46.80.

The crystals, glue, tweezers and mat were ordered from tamisplace. They offered free shipping which made them cheaper than other places. I bought the colors light rose, rose and fuschia. There are a range of sizes but I ordered them in sizes 20ss and 16ss only. Just remember: the smaller the crystals, the less space they take and the longer you’ll be sitting there gluing each one on.

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Getting started…

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Done!

It took a few crystals to get the hang of it and not get glue everywhere. But it was easy to do after awhile. Warning: This was an extremely long and monotonous task. It took me a long 7 hrs to sit there and glue each individual crytal on. I nearly killed my eyes and back trying to get this done in one sitting. The things that a bride does for her big day :D

* When you initally receive your caketopper, don’t be disappointed with how plain it looks. Once you cover the crap out of it with the crystals, it’ll look damn magnificant! *

My cake inspiration pic

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+ (caketopper pic from Knottie DRZwife)

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= and the end result:

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I totally love love LOVED my cake. It was like my first-born child. When you spend so much time on something (and lose half your eyesight over it), I guess you can’t help but grow an emotional tie to it.

Good news for those who don’t want to go the DIY-route, you can actually custom-order your crystal caketopper from topperswithglitz. They’re on the pricey end though, ranging from $100 and up. Some examples of their work below:

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    Jen, Guest @ 9:01 am

    Your cake topper was beautiful! I definitely am considering making one for our cake. :) Thanks for all the info!

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    Mukti, Guest @ 9:40 am

    I have been trying to figure out whether I should make one myself – thanks for all the info! I think I am going to try it. How long did weddingcuts take to get the initials to you? I am trying to figure out when to order them.

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    mn, Guest @ 11:23 am

    your caketopper is very pretty…i’m going to see if i can make one for my wedding too. thanks for the info.

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    felicity, Guest @ 11:32 am

    I have the exact same cake inspiration pic in my Knot bio, I love it!

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    kanipark, Guest @ 11:57 am

    just beautiful…

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    J, Guest @ 2:51 pm

    Soo pretty…

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    Colleen, Guest @ 7:34 am

    So beautiful!!! How many crystals do you think you used? I’m trying to figure out how many I need to buy.

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    Suz, Guest @ 8:37 am

    Its beautuful!!! Did you use the flatbacks or hotfix crystal? What kind of glue would you recommend?

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    justabride, Guest @ 9:06 pm

    hey guys! thanks for the comments! i so appreciate it =)

    Mukti: i can’t remember exactly how long it took to receive it. I think less than 2 weeks? Give yourself ample time before the wedding date though so you’re not stressed out waiting for it to arrive…and also so u can enjoy gluing the crystals on. Dont leave it to the last minute like I did and do it in one go!

    Colleen: I bought 1 pack 20ss, 2 packs 16ss. I have 1 full pack of 20ss left and used up almost all of the 16ss. The amount of crystals you need will all depend on the size of your caketopper (eg. height, width, one letter vs two letters). It will also depend on how you want your colors to look in the end. I glued on 1 16ss piece, then glued on 1 20ss piece next to it, and alternated between the two. If you have any leftover crystals, you can use them for other purposes – maybe glue the crystals into the letter “Bride” on the back of your t-shirt, glue crystals onto your phone etc.

    Suz- I used flatbacks. I purchased the E6000 industrial strength glue from the same company that I bought the crystals from. I didnt want to take the chance of buying the glue elsewhere and then not having it work!

    Good luck =)

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    justabride, Guest @ 9:30 pm

    p.s Raelene was the person who helped me out at weddingcuts.com. She was awesome and responded quickly to all my emails, made suggestions and tried to help me out as much as possible.

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    lavendar, Guest @ 7:16 pm

    i was wondering if you could tell me what font you used for your initial. thanks

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    justabride, Guest @ 9:34 pm

    Raelene – weddingcuts.com called the font “Alison”. the font may have different names at different places though.

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    Mukti, Guest @ 4:47 pm

    Thanks so much justabride!!! I made my cake topper this past weekend and all of your information was so helpful. I got the initials from weddingcuts and the crystals and kit from tamisplace as you suggested. It feels really good knowing that it was something I created myself for the wedding!!! It turned out so beautifully – I am thrilled!!!

    P.S. I too have crystals left over and plan on scattering them on the cake table as part of the display and/or the placecard table.

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    justabride, Guest @ 5:53 pm

    Mutki: I’m so glad that you love it! I still treasure mine to this day. haha

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    Sarah, Guest @ 9:27 pm

    Great looking monograms! I got mine from http://www.creationmetals.com. They did a great job and shipped it quick. Not sure if they will sell you the crystals separate from the monogram, but it might save you some money.

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    Cindy, Guest @ 8:28 pm

    In comment 9 did you mean to say you had 1 full pack of 16′s left over? Since you had only bought one pack. I’m confused because I assumed you had so many 16′s left over you didn’t need them and I bought 2 packs of 20′s and that’s it. Come to find out I do need the 16′s. I was also going to do brown and orange for a fall wedding and it doens’t look so nice. So I think I am going to go with just orange, did yours sparkle alot? Thanks a bunch, yours looks SO amazing. I love it!

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    jbride, Guest @ 7:28 pm

    Hi Cindy!~thanks for your question and sweet compliment!

    In comment #9, I wrote that I bought only 1 pack of 20′s…and 2 packs of 16′s. I accidently forgot to write that I also bought a pack of 12′s!!

    I alternated between the sizes 12 and 16 on my caketopper. I accidently wrote that I used sizes 16 and 20 on my original post. (sorry!)

    In the end, I had 1 full pack of 20′s left (because I didnt end up using them), hardly any 16′s left and half pack of 12′s left.

    I’m so sorry for the original error in my post. Hopefully you can pick up some more sizes in time.

    Oh and yes, my caketopper sparkled alot~ It totally blinged! I can send you more photos if you like….you can email me at capbride@gmail.com

    Good luck with it!

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    jbride, Guest @ 7:33 pm

    Btw, the reason for why I didnt end up using the 20′s is because I had ordered a color that was too dark. If it was the right color, I definitely would’ve used it.

    Seeing that you already have 2 packs of 20′s, you could probably just order a pack of 16′s to fill in the small gaps between the 20′s.

    Hope it makes sense.

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    Symone, Guest @ 4:23 pm

    Beautiful job! Did you put the glue on the back of each or directly on the metal? Please advise. Thanks!

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    jbride, Guest @ 4:26 am

    @Symone:

    Symone: I placed the glue on the back of each individual crystal.

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    Ellie, Guest @ 11:57 pm

    Hi Justabride,

    I am about to get the crystals from the webside you suggested and I see that there are Rhinestones (AB) Colors and the regular flatback Rhinestones. Did you get the AB rhinestones? I was reading the description of the AB crystals and it says it refracts light giving a rainbow like spectrum but by looking at the picture, I don’t like the oil like appearance in the surface. Please help!

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    justabride, Guest @ 2:24 am

    Hi Ellie,

    I used the regular flatback rhinestones and not the AB ones. I had to think twice about this one because it was so long ago!

    Good luck =)

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    leinar14, Guest @ 4:09 am

    Great, nice toppings…

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    Marie, Guest @ 10:16 pm

    I bought my mirror cake topper at Dazzle Me Elegant.com for less than $15.00, and then I purchased my crystals on ebay for about 15.00 total as well! Then buy the glue and tweezers. Everyone says you have left over crystals so I plan on using them to decorate our toasting glasses!

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    Dee, Guest @ 10:02 pm

    I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time! About how much did this project cost you? And where did you buy your crystals from?

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