Make a traditional cake topper truly your own

By on Sep 18th

offbeatify your cake topper

Finding ready-made, mass-produced "offbeat" cake toppers is an almost impossible task. Our wonderful tattooed and pierced, pink haired and mohawked, offbeat couples of various colors, shapes and sizes have a really hard time finding mini-versions of themselves to stand-atop their funky cakes. But Amanda has come up with a really great solution. Why not Offbeat Bride-ify those easy-to-find traditional cake toppers?

Amanda wrote, "Seeing as most companies don't have tattooed or light skinned latin brides, we had to doctor 'em up just a bit. [My husband] was able to fully replicate my sleeve, hair colour and trademark red lips and thick liquid lined eyes."

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And for those of you wondering about the process, Amanda's husband was kind enough to give us some tips:

  • Pay close attention to detail. It helps to use a picture as a common reference.
  • Take your time and just relax. Getting nervous or hurried is not going to help you — patience and a steady hand and the work should come out beautifully.
  • Use acrylic paint. Oil or waterbased paints are very difficult to use, especially for something so small. For the tattoo he used a 10/0 size paint brush and acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is also much cheaper, it dries fast and if you make a mistake, it isn't permanent. You can just scratch it off and start over!
  • He also recommended a ratio of 1 part acrylic gloss to 1 part water to "seal" the paint in.

Here is her modified topper coupled with her hockey groom topper

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I love the idea, I love the execution and I really love the tiny tattoo art!

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About Megan Finley

Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher for the Offbeat Empire. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog, Twitter @meganfinley, and Instagram @meggyfin.