photos by jen gotch

hello again dlf crew! happy to be back with another DIY — this time infused with the goodness of glitter.

history traces the first valentine still in existence way back to the year 1415, and the tradition of showering gifts, sweets and flowers on your true love lives strong in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, France and the United Kingdom.

we just have a thing for pink, red and gold.

in honor of the upcoming st valentine’s day, we’ve cooked up a sparkly cake-topper that is sure to pierce your heart and please your loved ones. it works amazing as a stand alone piece, or makes a great mini-adornment to tiny treats at each place setting if you’re hosting.

what you’ll need:
• scissors
• wooden skewers (in my opinion, bamboo cooking skewers)
• craft glue (i just used aleene’s tacky glue because i’ve always used it, but any kind works really)
• paper hearts (you can cut them out by hand or use a paper-punch or pre-cut pieces. 2 per arrow. make sure the paper is of a thicker card stock.)
• colored felt squares
• glitter (bri and i are obsessed with martha stewart glitters – i wish i had them in every color, but this gold is delish! also noteworthy for this project, chunkier course glitters or tinsel glitters have a more vintage feel.)

what to do:
• begin by cutting the skewer in half. be careful! it can splinter!

• cut a small rectangle out of felt, approximately 2 inches long by 1 inch wide. snip a shallow “v “shape from the top of the rectangle when it’s portrait orientation, and angle the corners at the bottom. cut felt at an angle up to the middle of the rectangle to create the feather look, taking care not to separate the piece. make 4 of these in 2 different colors and glue them, layered 2 on one side and 2 on the other side, “v” side pointing outward,  on one of the skewer halves. let dry.

• glue the paper hearts back to back on either side of the other half of the skewer, pointed part out. let dry. once dry, spread glue on the hearts and dip in glitter (yay! i know you were waiting for that part!) allow to dry fully.

finishing touches:
• we styled our topper in a mini cake on a simple pedestal. insert the non-decorated end of the skewers in either side of the cake and adjust to your liking. we thought ours looked just right slightly askew. you can also make several of the feather ends and stick them into the top of a cake or make mini arrows for cupcakes. get creative!

we’d love to hear how your toppers turn out and what interesting twists you’ve put on this project!

i’ll see you next week with an easy and inexpensive project! alex


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    Sarah says:

    Love this! Topper is so cute and I dig the idea of putting it on a mini cake.

    Favorite Valentines post of the blogosphere so far. Love!

    ALEX YOU’RE INCREDIBLE!!!! This is good. So good. And Jen’s photos – to DIE for. I want her to photography my DIYs…..so badly! 😉

    Shelley says:

    so cute!! thanks for sharing 🙂

    Shauna N says:

    Adorable! Absolutely love.

    Veronica says:

    This is so cute!
    I love this blog as well!!

    adele says:

    This is beyond cute!
    Happy weekend xoxo

    Marie says:

    What a great way to make a cute mini cake even cuter! Great idea! 🙂


    Laura says:

    Such a great idea! Def gonna try this out!

    I would love to try this out this Valentines. It;s obviously super easy, and looks amazing. I love these posts because they are so inspiring! Thanks!

    sandra says:

    What a GREAT and SIMPLE idea!

    absolutely precious. always good to received craft-spiration!

    Kara says:

    This v-day will be epic!! I am so using this! Alex is a extremely talented thinker! Can’t wait for next week!

    alex says:

    you guys are seriously making my heart jump! i’m so excited to be able to share my love of crafts and encourage others to explore their own creativity. just want to say thanks for all of you super sweet comments! i’m filled with gratitude! and if there is anything you want to see us make, we’d love to hear your ideas!

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