March 19, 2012

How to :: Make a Glitter Heart Cake Topper

For Evie's 1st birthday we had a little family party with Forest's side and I made these glitter hearts to top the cake. My first attempt at frosting ruffles wasn't so successful (cream cheese icing doesn't hold up like butter cream), but the top was pretty. 

What you need:

- construction paper in a neutral color
- scissors
- glue
- coarse glitter.
- skewers
- heart template. Draw your own or download mine right here. The perfect heart shape is hard to find, so I made my own in Photoshop. There are 8 sizes on the sheet and I used 2, 3 and 4.
- pencil

What to do:

1. Trace with a pencil and cut out 2 hearts for each topper you want to make.

2. With the pencil side up place the flat end of a skewer on one heart and spread glue all around. Place second heart pencil-side down on top and gently seal the edges of the heart. Try to keep the middle of the heart as flat as possible so you don't get a crease around the skewer.

3. Set aside to dry and make another. Repeat until all your hearts are glued to skewers.

4. When hearts are dry, spread an even coating of glue on one side of each heart and cover completely with a generous dusting of glitter. Make sure you have enough glue so that the glitter will stick, but not too much otherwise it will drip off the side while drying.

5. Shake off excess glitter and set aside to dry. Move on to the next until you have glitter-fied one side of each heart.

6. When all are dry, turn over and glitter the other sides. Set aside to dry.

7. Trim skewers to your desired length as you're arranging the hearts. I used kitchen scissors and they worked fine, but watch out as the ends do tend to go flying.

8. Smile at your pretty, sparkly cake.

You could use the smallest heart on the template for cupcake toppers with toothpicks instead of skewers. Or just do one large heart instead of a group. Anything your *heart* desires.


Brittany Martin said...

Thanks for the idea! I might use it for my little girl's birthday in about 5 weeks.

Chloƫ McGuire said...

What an adorable idea! If only I had little girls, not boys ;) Maybe the boys wouldn't mind a little extra sparkle?


heidi said...

What a cute and easy to do idea. Hope you are having a fantastic day.

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robin.quickel said...

How did you make those beautiful ruffles? I'd like to do this for my sister's birthday, they're great!

mootifulll said...

Hi! I tried to download your heart page and it takes me to an error page. Would you be willing to re-upload? I'd love to use this for my daughters first birthday! Thank you:)

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