diy // gilded cake toppers

gold animal cake toppers - diy guilded cake toppers | via oneyounglove.comOne of my closest friends just had her first baby and a few weeks ago I had the privilege of helping with her shower. I wanted something very boy but also creative and cute for mama. These gold animal cake toppers were a hit and I had so much fun making them for Linds.

They ended up coming together pretty quickly and they had a huge impact on the table scape. The best part is, you can make them too! Here’s how:gold animal cake toppers - materials | via oneyounglove.com*You’ll want a drill bit that is the same diameter as your skewers1. gold animal cake toppers - plastic animals | via oneyounglove.comTake each plastic animal and drill a small hole on the bottom. Drilling the holes works best if you start slowly. I would also strongly recommend you use a vice rather than your hands to hold the animals.gold animal cake toppers - drill | via oneyounglove.com2. Place the skewers in each hole. If you chose the correct size drill bit you won’t need glue. If your holes ended up slightly larger than the skewers, you can add a dab before you set the skewer.
gold animal cake toppers - skewer | via oneyounglove.com3. Start spraying.

Make sure you get every angle including the skewer. If spray paint in your cake concerns you, leave about two inches of unpainted skewer at the bottom.gold animal cake toppers - a golden zoo | via oneyounglove.com4. Let them dry and have a party!

I love how these turned out. They are great for a birthday party or shower it doesn’t even need to be a party for kids, adults will love them too.gold animal cake toppers - cupcakes | via oneyounglove.comI think they are a fabulous mix of fun, whimsy and sophistication. The perfect special touch for your next party.

Love these little guys but don’t want to make them yourself? I’ll make them for you! Head over to my Etsy shop and order up!

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bunting tutorial with a free printable!

Last week was a much needed break from blogging. I am absolutely loving this, but it was nice to let myself off the hook for the week. Especially with a little one who has a double ear infection. But now we’re back and I have some fun stuff coming up! Bunting is very in right now, especially for parties. I made this bunting for the shower (which actually didn’t end up happening, but the day turned out perfectly anyway). I love it. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to add color and a special touch to any party. You could also use it in a child’s bedroom, I’m thinking of doing one in neutrals to add a little something to our home decor around the holidays. Once you’ve made the bunting you can customize it in anyway with words or designs.

Here’s what you need to make your own.

:: twine
:: bunting template
:: three or four coordinating fabrics –
:: scissors or rotary cutter
:: glue gun

One of the most frustrating parts of making bunting is getting the shape of each triangle right. There is a fine line between shark teeth – too skinny – and pizza on a string – too wide. So, to eliminate the guess work, I created a bunting template to help you get the perfect shape every time. Just click on the picture below to download your free bunting template!

Start by cutting out your desired size from your template – size does not take into account seam or ‘fold-over’ allowance. I used the 3″ template for this tutorial. Using the template as a guide cut out all the triangles you plan on using in your bunting. I ended up using a total of 21 triangles for mine, perfect to dress up a dessert table.Once all the triangles cut out, I stack them in the order I plan on attaching them to my twine. Just to eliminate the chance of putting them on in the wrong order. That happens way more than I’d like to remember.Place a triangle wrong side up, lay your twine across the top.  I leave quite a bit of extra twine at both the beginning and the end of my bunting just to make it easy to re-use somewhere else. Run a bead of glue across the twine. Fold the top of  your fabric over so it just covers both the glue and twine.When you flip it over you’ll have little corners sticking out on either side. I trim these corners after I’m done glueing all my triangles. To make the double strand like mine, you’ll either need to make two separate strands of bunting, one being 3 or 4 triangles shorter than the other – or – when you get to the length you want your top strand, leave about 6 or so inches of blank twine and begin your second strand. *If you do it this way make sure to make the second strand of triangles face OPPOSITE your first strand (the points will be facing the same direction but you should see the wrong side of the fabric on the second strand). This way, when you hang them both strands will be right side forward. Sorry if thats confusing, just trust me.You can also use the template as a sewing pattern and use binding to attach your triangles.

I used the same template to wrap this gift to match the shower! I just measured 1″ from the tip of the triangle to make my own mini template! Super easy and so cute!