Custom Bunting Cake Topper

This DIY bunting cake topper is perfect because it adds some hipster flair, is completely customizable, and is so inexpensive!


When I got married, choosing a cake topper was a process. I wasn’t sure if I wanted something classic, something with people in it, or something completely abstract. But I didn’t want to spend too much cash on my cake topper, since there’s no good use for it after the wedding. With this project, I found the solution.

For materials you will need: wooden skewers, decorative string, a small piece of fabric, and paint.

The wooden skewers will create two side poles for your bunting to hang on. My wooden skewers are the kind you use for shish kabobs in the summer. To elevate their look a little bit I painted them with gold spray paint. This made it look less wooden-skewer-like and a little fancier.


Next, make the flags of your bunting. I decided to make little triangles out of fabric, although you can decide on whatever shape and material you’d like. Paper would work just as well for this cake topper.

When I had my three triangle pieces of bunting, I needed to paint on my lettering. To give myself a guide, I printed out my design. I decided to do the bride and groom’s initials with an ampersand, but you could also make one that said “love,” “just married,” or any other simple message. My light colored fabric was thin enough that I could see the black outline of my letters when I placed the fabric on top of my printout. It made it a whole lot easier to keep my design neat. Fabric paint would be best, but nearly any craft paint will also work for this project.


After your paint is dry, you need to attach your lettered pieces to your string. I folded the back of my bunting piece over the string and stitched a couple times with thread. If you don’t feel comfortable sewing, you could also glue the pieces to your string. Since my pieces were a triangle shape, you would have seen the corners peeking out when folded. To solve that problem, I just cut small notches on the top of each shape.


To finish the edges of my bunting pieces I also applied Fray Check. It’s like glue that’s specifically designed to dry clear on fabric and prevent raw edges from unraveling. While the fray check dries, it’s also a good time to check for stray threads.

At this point your bunting pieces are along your decorative string. Next we’ll attach the string to the gold skewers. I cut down my string so that there would be a slight swag in the bunting when assembled. Depending on how big the top layer of your cake is going to be, you’ll have to size everything larger or smaller. I made a very thin line of hot glue around the back of my gold skewers and wrapped my string around the skewer a few times. Once you’ve glued the string to each skewer, you’re all done!


I really love this DIY cake topper because it really is so simple, but the final product is adorable and looks great. I encourage you to customize it to suit your wedding and personalities. You even could add two levels of bunting if you had a lot to stay!

About Lauren: I’m an adventurous and friendly red head living in upstate New York. While I have a background in Marketing and Communications, I am currently doing freelance writing and focusing on my own blog, The Thrifty Ginger. I love planning events and focusing on the little details, so stick around for fun projects. Follow me on Google.

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