It’s either that time of year or there must be something in the water here, because we have gotten no less than five wedding invitations in the past month! Exciting, right? Needless to say, I’ve had weddings on the brain. Recently I saw some adorable wire wedding cake toppers, so I thought I’d try my hand at making my own with my Happy Jig to see what I could come up with.
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I love how this turned out! I think a wire wedding cake topper looks pretty cool, don’t you?
This design is my own creation, but there are several free templates available in the Happy Jig instruction manual and on the @werhappyjig Instagram feed. Since this one’s not available anywhere, I’ll show you how I made it. The cake I placed it in is about 8 inches in diameter and the topper is about 10 inches long. I’m not exactly sure how much wire I used, but I started out with 6 yards of THIS copper (or I like to call it rose gold) wire and ended up with more than half of it left.
Because of the width of this wire cake topper I did it in three parts, moving each part off the jig and making the next section. I started with the word “Mr” and the post for sticking the topper in the cake. Here’s a picture of that section of the design. Since I wasn’t sure how much wire I would need when I started, I didn’t cut any of the 6 yard roll until I was finished.
I’ve found it pretty easy to use the design templates found in the instruction booklet and on the Instagram feed to piece together custom words. I’ve also discovered that I can enlarge the letters by just raising the tops of them on the grid of the jig. That’s basically how I created the word “Mr.” Then I extended the leftover wire down about 8 inches and wrapped it back up on itself to create the post.
Next, I used the instruction booklet that comes with the tool to create the ampersand sign. That part was pretty easy!
Once I comleted the ampersand, I finished up my topper with the word “Mrs” and a little heart I borrowed from the word “love” on our @werhappyjig Instagram feed.
Here are a couple of tips I picked up while creating this project:
- Have a pair of needle nose pliers on hand in case you need to undo your design. It will help to straighten your wire so it looks more neat and tidy.
- Plan ahead or make your own template beforehand (grab a blank one on our Instagram feed). The more you bend and straighten the wire, the harder it can be to keep your creation looking neat.
- Once you’ve finished creating your design, lay it down on a hard smooth surface and press it flat to straighten everything out.
- Once you’ve set the pegs on the jig, use some yarn or twine to test out your design before winding the wire around.
- Don’t be afraid to visit Pinterest or Instagram for ideas–wire design is pretty popular right now so you’re sure to find some inspiration
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this project has inspired you to create something special with your Happy Jig. If you create something with the Happy Jig be sure to share it on Instagram @werhappyjig. I can’t wait to see what you make!