RETRO CAKE TOPPER
If you are an enthusiast of the popular retro trend, there is no doubt you will love some of the nostalgic, kitsch wedding details from the 70's. A good example of these quirky items is the wedding cake topper, often featuring a bride and groom dressed in traditional attire or doves sitting on a frilly, flowery arch. If you have your heart set on an original piece, you can find them for sale online. Or better still, ask your parents if they have saved their cake topper as a memento. I am sure they would be thrilled if you wanted to use it to decorate your wedding cake. It could be your something old.
TWIRLY CAKE TOPPER
Drawing on inspiration from the 70's wedding arches, I have created for today's bride, a wedding arch with a more rustic feel and not as frilly as the one shown above. Made from wire, cotton fabric and paper it will look gorgeous adorning a cake at a casual outdoor wedding.
Materials: 1.57mm diameter wire, wire cutters, cotton fabric, craft glue, trinkets
1. Cut a 40 cm length of wire and bend into a loop.
2. Cut a strip of cotton fabric 15mm wide and at least double the length of the wire.
3. Glue one end of the fabric strip to one end of the wire and wrap the wire with the fabric. Secure the end with some more glue.
4. To make the paper twirls, cut strips of paper approximately 4mm wide and wrap tightly around a skewer. Remove from the skewer and pull out into a twirl.
5. Attach the trinkets to the centre of the wire frame - these can be hearts, wedding bells, initials or love birds.
6. Attach the twirls to the frame with craft glue or a hot glue gun.
TIP: The height of the wire arch can be reduced in size at the end of construction if needed.