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Handlettered Wedding Cake Topper

DIY Wedding Cake Topper

Hi friends! Missy Briggs here. I’m going to show you a quick and easy way to get that lux laser-cut wood for your personalized wedding cake topper. I can’t wait to see YOU rock this project!

Here’s what you need:

Side note on fab products: The Silhouette Wood Paper is ahhhh-mazing. You’re going to find ten uses for it immediately. When I was making doll furniture last month, I dug into a pack to make a quick wooden coffee table.

Step one: Import or design

Import a hand-lettered design into the Silhouette Studio® software. Or you can type in a phrase of your choice using one of hundreds of fonts available in the Silhouette Design Store.

Step two: Trace

If you’re using your own imported jpeg, open the Trace Window and then Select the Trace area.

Using your mouse, draw a bounding box around your design and trace it. You may need to adjust using the high pass filter. For a detailed tutorial on tracing check out this post.

Step three: Cut

Cut your design into any of the three colors of Wood Paper. To get the look of a laser-wood cut design you will have to cut five or six layers and stack them up. This gives the design a nice depth and also provides stability for the final design. I stacked up four adhesive cardstock layers and backed it with a neutral-tone cardstock. You can also use regular cardstock and a touch of glue in between layers.

Step four: Paint and adhere

Paint your floral wire or lollipop sticks using gold glitter paint, being careful not to paint the portion that will be inserted into the cake. Using hot glue, adhere the layered wood paper onto the gold wire.

Yeah, you’ve got this! Go ahead and add wedding décor pro to your resume. I like Mr. and Mrs. but a monogram would be perfect too.

What will you choose to write on your cake topper?

Missy Briggs

Hi everyone! I'm Missy Briggs, an artist, lettering fanatic, blogger, wife, and mom to two amazing children. We live in sunny Miami, Florida where I've now been for nearly half my life. I started using the Silhouette Cameo four years ago... to cut out square shapes. Don't laugh! I'm left-handed and I've always been terrible at cutting. My love for the machine has grown into an obsession, and I use it with my art and calligraphy daily. I can't wait to share some of my latest projects with you!

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®

hook

adhesive cardstock

Premium Blade

taupe adhesive-backed cardstock

Wood Sheets

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5 comments

  1. What fonts do you suggest? which one did you use?

    1. The design store is full of font designs and will have a designation that says “welds well”. I’m a lettering artist. This particular text is my own design.

      1. Thanks for replying!! Your lettering is beautiful!

  2. What settings did you use to cut the wood paper? I know all machines are different but can you give us a ballpark of what you use and how you tweaked it to get it to cut so easily? This project is really unique and interesting. Thank you for all the details.

    1. Hi Jerri! I used the auto cut blade on my Silhouette CAMEO 3. Performing some test cuts beforehand using the settings for thick cardstock proved the most successful. The wood paper is a thick sticker paper, but I preferred that the cut go all the way through. Hope this helps! Happy crafting.

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