MAKE IT / 2
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:
• 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.
• 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