The Etsy-fication Process

It has happened.

It happens to brides all the time, and I’m afraid I, too, have fallen victim to that saucy little vixen known as Etsy. It’s like a drug, I’m telling you.

The only problem is that my bank account doesn’t exactly allow for frivolous purchases, especially ones involving adorably handmade wedding items that make it SO HARD to prevent myself from clicking that tempestuous “add to cart” button.

Observe exhibit A:


Image via Etsy / Seller Lollipop Workshop

Etsy seller Lollipop Workshop makes THE MOST adorable custom cake toppers (which other bees before me have understandably purchased!). The only thing preventing me from placing an order is the $150 price tag—OUCH. But, being the slightly narcissistic crafter that I am, I started thinking that if Lollipop Workshop can create such fantastic little cake toppers, why can’t I do the same thing? So that’s exactly what I’m doing.

Anyway, there’s only so much I can do with this project until it gets closer to the day, because there’s no way of knowing at this point what Mr. A and I will be wearing or how my hair will be styled, etc. HOWEVER, I did buy the necessary wooden materials (which came to a whopping $10, by the way) and the appropriate paint and painting supplies (another $5), which will more than likely be half the money I’ll be spending TOTAL to make this little sucker. OK, are you ready for a little sneaky-peek? Gah, I’m SO EXCITED! Here we go!


Me and Mr. A, naked peg people version! (Photo by Miss Armadillo)



Overall, I am SO EXCITED with how they’re turning out. Sure, they may be a little less polished looking than the Etsy version, but I definitely think going the DIY route has been the better choice for me (and for the pocketbook!). And the best part is that I can proudly proclaim to inquiring guests that “I made that!” I think Lollipop Workshop is an amazing artist, and I wish I could match the skills in terms of painting and general creativity. However, when working with a budget well under the $10,000 mark for the entire wedding, every dollar counts. I’ve found I can sacrifice some of the aesthetic appeal for the sake of doing some serious penny-pinching in the cake topper department.

What DIY projects have you been surprised to find come out as good as they did? Could you ever trust yourself to replicate a more expensive option of something to cut back on spending?

Go out and be DIY inspired! Who knows? You might even surprise yourself!


Mrs. Armadillo

Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013
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  1. misssparkler Bee
    misssparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 10:38 am

    Wow! Seriously, you have some talent, Miss A.

  2. bracelet Bee
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 10:55 am

    You did an amazing job!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:45 am

    So jelly, Miss Armadillo. I’m a complete fail whale at DIY-anything. I love these!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:32 pm

    LOVE your painting job!! I can’t wait to see how they turn out. So far they look awesome!

    Maybe Gorilla Glue for attaching the heads?

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:23 pm

    Awww so adorable Miss Armadillio! I love the faces! I also went cheaper on the cake toppers. In fact the cake toppers was my first purchase for the wedding after we got engaged I bought two birds that are decorations for hanging on your Christmas tree, but they are cute and perfect so I bought them! A whopping $8!

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    cindyk 55 posts, Worker bee @ 3:23 pm

    they’re really cute! i will be taking inspiration from you and will probably make this myself too! can’t wait to see the final results!

  7. coyote Bee
    coyote 2051 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:22 pm


    Hehe, but no… These are awesome! You did such a great job… YOU should start making them and sell them for $150 a pop!

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    royalpurplebride 511 posts, Busy bee @ 12:08 pm

    So cute!!! I already bought stuff to make my own too!!! I too couldnt bring myself to spend that much on etsy. The one I wanted had a bride and a groom with a little orange kitty. Which we do have!! haha.. and the initials on the picture matched ours, so it was meant to be that I should make a copy.. haha. Cant wait till they are done 😉
    Great minds think alike!!

  9. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:46 am

    These are going to be so cute, I love them already!!

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