We paired our gold & mint chargers with a bold black & white striped napkin and white dinnerware for a modern look. But we think by pairing these bad boys with other napkins, these chargers could take on an entirely different look and could work for a ton of other events. We’re excited to mix and match and maybe even add a few extra colors to our set. Heck, they were so easy to do… why not?!
(Disclaimer: If you’re not a current bride, stay tuned! This DIY cake topper can also make one darlin’ book end. Intrigued?)
When I set out looking for a cake topper, I was excited to find a treasure that was unique, meaningful, and within my rookie budget. I didn’t think this mission was going to be too difficult. Boy, was I w.r.o.n.g.
Apparently, cake toppers are EXPENSIVE, a little too cliche for my liking, and not as plentiful as I originally imagined. After some serious searching, I made the commitment to DIY a cake topper. Oh boy…
1. Affordable… well, let’s be honest here- I really meant cheap.
2. Reflective of our wedding’s theme & meaningful to Matt and me
3. Not very time intensive. (I only had about a week before I had to turn it into our caterer) #oops
That’s when I hit up the local Hobby Lobby.
I simply added this….
…. and then hot glued on this…
… this gold and glamorous ampersand. Easy enough, right? (Sorry for the blurry cell-phone pic. This was the exact pic I texted to Casey the night I finished my masterpiece). #proudrookie
Minus the frigid temperatures in my garage when I was trying to spray paint this sucker, the DIY cake topper was easy as pie, or maybe easy as cake would be more fitting?
I submitted the ampersand in to the caterer with two extra strands of pearls I had left over from my tree and held my breath until the big day. Low and behold, this little “&” didn’t let me down.
She was gorgeous, meaningful, and my favorite part… AFFORDABLE! For under $15, we topped off our cake and didn’t break the bank.
If ampersands aren’t your thing, you could use this idea to create the letter of your new last name or a meaningful number? And if you don’t need a cake topper, this gorgeous letter could be placed at the gift table, next to the place cards, used as a photo prop or just placed on your bookshelf to enjoy as a not-so wedding DIY. Wow, who knew a cake topper could be so versatile?!
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1. First and foremost, I love the nautical feel of this mirror. You know the DIY Playbook can’t say no to nautical and this port hole inspired mirror was no different.
2. I love the “domed” mirror look. It’s different. It’s unique. And its reflection looks completely different than a regular mirror. The convex curve reflects the entire room…not just what’s directly in front of it.
3. I love that this mirror was made in the 1950’s. (this is engraved on the back). Thinking back on the eventful life that this mirror has had so far is fascinating. How many homes has it been in? Where did it come from? Where was it hanging before?
4. I love that the convex mirror was FREE! Through a little internet research, I saw a very similar mirror selling on etsy for over $60! #score
5. I don’t love the eagle. It’s not that it’s not fabulously federal and completely patriotic, but it just isn’t the look I’m going for.
With a screw driver, a hammer, and a little coaxing…the eagle was gone.
There were a few nails that were left, but with a little more coaxing, the nails were history… literally.
a little a lot of painter’s tape…
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Lately we’ve been noticing a trend with our shopping habits. We have both been gravitating towards “animal decor.”
Bridget scored this $5 flying fish at New Uses as well.
You gotta love the drift wood base. With hints of natural blues mixed throughout, this cutie was practically flying off the shelves.
Because he is a flying fish, Bridget & Matt call him Midway (a shout-out to the airport that Matt grew up next to… get it?) If you’re going to buy decorative animals, you gotta give ’em a name as you welcome them into your home… right?
Check out Midway’s new digs. I love that he adds hints of the coast without being too “beach-y”. Although he’s one-of-a-kind, he does have some competition swimming around Casey’s shelves.
Casey & Finn nicknamed him Whale (pronounced WAH-lay…like the rapper. Apparently they’ve got gangsta style going down in the Lou)
Side Note: Bridget actually spotted these exact same lovebirds at the New Uses in Aurora! You never know what kind of decor people will bring into the store. They may still be there if you want to go snatch them up!
These birds may be salt and pepper shakers, but they seem very happy perched atop these books.
From flying fish to smooching lovebirds, we have quite the arrangement of animals making their way into our homes lately. These little creatures seem to add a pop of color, lots of charming character, and always come with the best stories. We hope that you can channel your inner animal-lover and keep your eyes peeled for a little critter to call your own.