Cake Topper Update!!

One of my first posts that went live here on Weddingbee was the admittance of my total obsession over Etsy seller Lollipop Workshop’s cake toppers. In case you need a refresher of what these gorgeous babies look like, here you go:

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Image via Etsy / seller Lollipop Workshop

Determined to make my own cake topper inspired by the Etsy version, the peg people version of Mr. A and myself went from this”¦

To THIS!

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Ahhh! They have clothes!!!

You guys, I am SO HAPPY with how this thing turned out. It’s not quite finished yet (I still have to add curls to the mini-version of me, give Mr. A a boutonniere, and give both of us one last final coat of shiny, clear lacquer), but I am so, so, SO proud of how it turned out. I wish I had made a tutorial of some kind, but there was literally no rhyme or reason to creating the clothes for these little people. I pretty much winged it the entire way through, cutting out random shapes in printer paper to work as mini patterns to cut the fabric out by. I put a coat of no-fray liquid on everything, and used fabric glue to hold everything together. The wedding dress was MUCH easier to make than Mr. A’s little suit, but even most of his clothing pieces were just rectangles wrapped around various parts of his peg body. If you want more specific details, I’d be happy to explain further, so just shoot me a message and I’ll do my best to help!

By the way, remember the fabric swatch I ordered to see what the color and fabric of the bridesmaids’ dresses and Mr. A’s tie would look like?

I ended up using it to make mini Mr. A’s tie, so they match EXACTLY!

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Yay!!!

I think the best part of this entire project is the amount of moolah I saved. These adorable cake toppers go for upwards of $150 on Etsy. My version? Twenty-five bucks. It may not look perfect, but it sure will get the job done!

I’ll leave the final reveal until official recaps begin, but I just wanted to share the progress I’ve made with this adorable thing so far, because I know a lot of you were interested!

Anyone else end up making their own cake topper inspired by a pricier version? Were you more or less successful in replicating your inspiration, or was it a DIY fail?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Armadillo

Location:
Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013
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    cosmo_gmr 946 posts, Busy bee @ 6:32 am

    great job! I love how the purple looks against the grey XD and “your” dress!
    Lovely!

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    dcgirl655 113 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:40 am

    um that is AMAZING!!!!!!!

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:40 am

    wowza! they look amazing! great saving, girl!

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:45 am

    That is so gorgeous! You did an amazing job! I love love love the dress and flowers. That laquer really cleaned them up well too. I totally love it!

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    dreamocracy 1570 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:49 am

    Ohh my goodness these turned out great! You’re a natural :)

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    josina 687 posts, Busy bee @ 6:53 am

    The look great! I was inspired by a similar cake topper and also chose to make my own. The best part is the the dress for the bride was made from scraps from my actual dress after hemming. :)
    I agree… the groom’s tux was super hard, and I did the same with tiny little patterns and lots of trial and error! Well worth it in the end!

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 7:08 am

    It looks amazing!! Great job!!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:12 am

    Those are so cute! I’m impressed with your crafting skills.

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    mswallaby 2069 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:29 am

    Aww so cute!! Good job!!

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    elibas 244 posts, Helper bee @ 7:37 am

    Super Cute. Great Job!

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:39 am

    You did an amazing job! I love that his tie matches perfectly, lol! Smart idea using the fabric swatches!

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 7:42 am

    that came out so cute!!! I lusted over Lollipop Workshop toppers too, but they are so expensive! Happy to hear you were able to recreate the fun look at a fraction of the cost!!!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:02 am

    I think they look amazing!!! Great job!

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    wb3245 4225 posts, Honey bee @ 8:05 am

    WONDERFUL!

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    msgiraffe2013 63 posts, Worker bee @ 8:13 am

    that is the cutest thing!! maybe i’ll get crafty and decide to make our topper. thanks so much for sharing them with us!!

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:14 am

    It looks great!

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    courtoni 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:22 am

    Very cool. You did a great job.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 8:37 am

    Adorable! Sometimes it’s more fun to make them yourselves anyway :)

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    futuremrshockey, Guest @ 8:47 am

    Those turned out so great! Can’t wait to see the final piece!

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    bridesmomma 456 posts, Helper bee @ 9:14 am

    SUPER cute, Miss A!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:45 am

    Are you kidding? These look perfect! Fantastic job!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:10 am

    Miss A you could TOTALLY sell these! They are so freaking perfect – I love them!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:39 am

    These are simply adorable, great job Armadillo!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 10:41 am

    You did an amazing job, those are awesome!!!

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 10:55 am

    sooo cute! I want one so bad now!

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    paw 871 posts, Busy bee @ 12:39 pm

    you did a fantastic job! you both look rock star!

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    DBS5127 220 posts, Helper bee @ 7:48 pm

    Wow! Those are so cute! So many bride and goom cake toppers honestly freak me out, but not these – filing these away in the back of my mind (and of course interest) until it’s time for me to think about these things!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 8:41 pm

    These are precious and I can’t wait to see them on your cake! More importantly, it sounds like you’re back in wedding mode, so I’m happy that your recent spell of burnout was short-lived. Your wedding is one of my favorites on WB and Imiss your posts when you’re gone for a while. Can’t wait to see how everything comes together – won’t be long now!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 10:30 pm

    @Josina: Aww, yay! I always love it when bees DIY stuff. So glad to hear your cake topper turned out similarly!

    @Nickie: Those are super cute!

    @Mrs. Beanstalk: For real, not even my obsession with them could justify dropping that amount of cash on one. And I love being able to say that I made ours!

    @Miss Lemur: Seriously! I love being able to claim I made it myself. :)

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 10:34 pm

    @bridesmomma: @Mrs. Toadstool: @StephK527: @Mrs. Pony: @Miss Mongoose: @paw: @bluebelle23: Thank you guys, soooo much!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 10:38 pm

    @DaniLyn: I TOTALLY know what you mean…I think that’s why I liked this particular one so much. The little bride and groom look so sweet and cute and NOT creepy, and I just HAD to try my hand at making my own!

    @TexasAggieMom: You are just the sweetest! Yep, I put on my big girl panties and decided to make one last push until our wedding day to get everything done, so you’ll see me around these parts more frequently, again! Thank you so much for thinking of me! :)

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    Red Poppy 22 posts, Newbee @ 7:25 am

    Omg, that is awesomely amazing! It’s even better than the custom order, especially because it has pieces of your bridesmaid dress fabrics so it’s really perfect and personal. I made my own peg doll cake toppers as well (using a snippet of my actual wedding dress tulle for the topper’s veil), but no where near as detailed and fabulous as yours!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 8:22 am

    Wow! They turned out AMAZING! I think that part that seems the hardest would be creating tiny clothes (especially the suit) for these guys. How hard was it to make their clothes? Also, where did you get the wooden base pegs to start the project?

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 11:46 am

    @Red Poppy: Aww, a piece of the tulle from your wedding dress as your topper’s veil is so awesome! That’s a great idea!

    @Miss Camel: Thanks! It wasn’t too hard to make the clothes, just took some patience and a few rounds of trial and error with copy paper before I actually cut into the fabric. ;) And I got the wooden pegs from Hobby Lobby, but you can probably also find them at a Michael’s or a similar craft store. Let me know if you end up trying to make one!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 4:15 pm

    This is so amazing! I love successful and beautiful DIY projects! Fabulous job.

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    Karen, Guest @ 5:50 pm

    So adorable!! I want to attempt this. How did you make the heads? And what did you use for the base and for their arms? Thanks!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 12:27 pm

    so, so cute!

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    jordyanna 476 posts, Helper bee @ 11:12 pm

    It looks spectacular! I hope you’re planning on proudly displaying it after the wedding!!

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    Jennifer, Guest @ 1:35 pm

    They look fantastic! Question: Where did you purchase the fabric?

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    Louise jewell, Guest @ 8:41 pm

    Hi Mrs A,

    Where did you get the wooden base from which the wooden leg bride and groom stand on?

    Thanks
    Louise

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    gina, Guest @ 6:43 pm

    Need help planning to make my own where do I even start? Where do I get the jacket pattern. Ohh boy

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    futuremrs, Guest @ 10:53 am

    I love what you made!! I have been wanting to buy the custom toppers but can’t quite rationalize spending $150+.

    Where did you get your peg dolls? They are the perfect size!

    I read a great idea to turn them into christmas ornaments or put them under a glass bell cover.

    Can’t wait to see the final product!!

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