DIY Wedding Cake Topper

Wanting to include the family in the wedding details, my daughter asked me to create her wedding cake topper to include their small son. I ordered wooden peg dolls from fair trade Etsy craft vendor, Goose Grease. Many family grouping variations, including pet dolls are available. Orders come with detailed painting instructions. (A nice touch from Goose Grease: when you receive your order, you are invited to enter your completed project into their monthly contest).

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I ordered four dolls (two adults and two children) at a cost of $18.00. I already had the paints and brushes but needed to purchase a topcoat ($10.00) and base ($0.79) from Michael’s. So instead of paying the going price of $100.00+ for a wedding cake topper I was able to create one for our daughter and son-in-law for under $30.00!  I was very flattered when the caterer asked me to create a few for her shop, Smithfield Gourmet Bakery & Cafe

Supplies:
wood peg dolls
3″ diameter wood base
pencil
craft paints
assorted sized brushes
toothpicks
water and cup
paper towels
small square sandpaper (to erase mistakes)
topcoat
wood glue

Procedure:
(Directions do come with the Goose Grease orders)
Think in ‘layering’ the paints. For example, clothing is painted first because hair lays ‘on top of’ clothing.  Before adding paint, lightly draw body features and clothing design with a pencil.

Female Doll:
1. Paint ‘skin tone’ colors on head, neck area, exposed arms and hands. Let dry.

2. In order to achieve a ‘lace’ look, paint first coat of wedding dress a slightly darker creamier white, allow to dry.
3. Apply second coat of bright white paint over dress in a stippling dot fashion. Allow to dry.
4. Use toothpick to paint ‘pearls’ around bride’s nck area. Allow to dry.
5. Paint a bouquet of flowers, greenery and ribbon over top of bride’s hand area. Allow to dry.
6. Outline hairline in paint that is a a slightly darker tone than hair color. Paint hair area. The outline and hair area will blend. Allow to dry.
7. Use a toothpick to paint eyes. Let dry.
8. Add faint paint or pencil lines to mark legs, pockets, etc. Let dry.

Male Dolls:
1. Paint ‘skin tone’ colors on head, neck area, exposed arms and hands. Let dry.

2. Paint trousers, up to a waistband. Use tape to mark a straight line. Let dry.
3. Add faint paint or pencil lines to mark legs, pockets, etc. Let dry.
4. Paint shirt areas, dry completly. Add faint paint or pencil lines to denote collar, buttons. Let dry.
5. Paint tie. Let dry.
6. Paint vest or jacket, allow to dry completly. Add faint paint or pencil lines to denote buttons, pockets, etc.
7. Outline hairline in paint that is a a slightly darker tone than hair color. Paint hair area. The outline and hair area will blend. Allow to dry.
9. Use a toothpick to paint eyes. Let dry.
10. Last, paint bouttoniere over vest or jacket. Allow to dry.

Note: As an added touch, I painted a gaming toy in our new grandchild’s hand.

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