The centerpiece of any traditional wedding is the towering confectionary delight known as the wedding cake. The topper is especially significant in these wedding cakes: it is customary for the newly wed bride and groom to choose a design that is significant to their life as a married couple. The wedding cake topper should speak of the theme of the wedding, and highlight it all the more with its design. Monograms have always been a popular choice, because not only are they simple statements of elegance, they can be used after the wedding as a proud memento of that most important day of your life. If you use a monogram as the cake topper, you make a simple, tasteful and elegant choice that makes a powerful statement. You don’t have to spend a lot of money going to a specialty shop to have one made for you. You can have a lot of fun making it yourself. More than that, handcrafting your own monogram cake topper puts a more personal touch to your wedding cake. Here are some simple and easy-to-follow steps in making your own monogram cake topper.
- Buy the lettering. Choose a design that suits not only your personality, but also your wedding cake. Traditional choices are gold and silver, but if you want to be more creative and fun about it, don’t let these choices restrict you. You will also have to choose the font of your monogram – whether your choice be cursive, block, or fancy lettering is all up to you. The letters should follow this sequence: the first letter of the bride’s first name, then followed by the first letter of the groom’s first name, and finally the first letter of the name that will eventually be used by the family. Always take into account the size and design of the cake when choosing the lettering.
- Place the letters on a flat surface. The last name initial should be at the center, while at the same time overlapping, the initials of both the bride and the groom. Where the letters overlap, mark these places with a pencil.
- Craft the first name initials by cutting through the lines previously drawn. Fit the last name initial in the grooves after you hollow out the area. Use a file to smooth out any rough edges or splinters along the grooves, and making sure that the hollowed-out area is neat. The center letter must lie comfortably in the spaces.
- Press the center letter into the grooves. For this procedure, you can use rubber cement to assure yourself of a strong grip. You should place firm pressure for at least sixty seconds, and take at least 10 minutes for the rubber cement to harden and dry.
- Get a small flat back crystal. Preferably, this should be something thin (a thickness of 1/16 will suffice). This will make up the design of your monogram, so cover the back surface with glue and press it onto your design. Keep applying firm pressure for at least 30 seconds. Repeat until the monogram is covered in these small crystals. Take a lot of care when doing this – you have to wipe off any excess glue, or your design will look messy. Let your newly-decorated monogram dry.
- You can create the support of your monogram with plastic spikes. Use rubber cement for a firm and stable grip, and let it dry. Position both spikes in such a way that the monogram will stand straight and evenly at its rightful place at the apex of the cake when it is pressed down on the uppermost layer.
Always be careful when handling your monogram. You have a lot of creative leeway when doing this on your own, but you may want to stick to classic choices.