Even the craft-impaired can make these adorable birdie cake toppers

April 19 | Guest post by Blueness

I would like to introduce you to our birdie cake toppers of cuteness! Now, perhaps I am more proud of these than I should be… after all they are not perfect. I can see my fingerprints in parts and they are not perfectly symmetrical, but they are to represent us and we are flawed. Besides that, I am not a sculptor, and I have never considered myself crafty.

The cake toppers have been my wedding DIY albatross. It actually never occurred to me to craft anything for the wedding. I buy things. That is how I roll. But my fiance expressed that he had faith in my never-used crafting abilities, so I give it a go and, as usual, he was right — I CAN do this stuff. I can craft all the things! I would never be able to get things done if I insisted on perfection so my DIY goal is always to get to "good 'nuff."

If you want to make birdies from clay, give this a try.

What you need:

  • Clay. I used Sculpey — 1-2 blocks of the main body colour (blue), a beak colour (yellow), flower colour (white) and black for eyes and a bow tie
  • Rolling pin (I used a water bottle to roll)
  • Assorted clay tools

STEP 1
I found the clay really likes to be rolled up and manipulated and warmed in my hands. To make the bodies I first made blue balls (hehe) then shaped them a bit like eggs as I rolled. The boy-bird is bigger because I am quite short and he's rather tall, so it amuses me.

STEP 2
I rolled smaller balls for the heads and set them back a bit so the chest puffs out a little. This helps for attaching tie/boutonniere details.

STEP 3
I also found rolling out cylinders made it easy to cut off equal sizes for wings. I liked making the wings by making tear drop shapes then rolling them out (I used a water bottle to roll). I used the tear drop shape to make a tail as well. I bought these yellow plastic clay tools and used those for adding a bit of detail to the wings and tail.

STEP 4
I then made the beak — this was really easy, just a ball pulled out to a beak and flattened on the other end. Since I was working with yellow, I made the yellow stamen of the calla lilies because they are easy to smush into shape out of clay as it's a single petal wrapped around a centre and done.

TIP: Work with only one colour at a time and scrub your hands before switching colours.

STEP 5
I moved onto white which I used for the eyes and the calla lilies. The eyes are just tiny circles flattened.

STEP 6
I finished off with black clay for the eyes. I rolled the clay out flat and cut the tie before attaching it.

STEP 7
Bake the clay according to the package directions.

STEP 8
While the birds cooled I made the veil by gathering tulle together with a few stitches. Once the birdies were cool enough I used a toothpick to manipulate the glue from my hot glue gun into just the right place for the veil.

    • I was introduced to that after we put birds on everything and I love it! It makes me even more inclined to PUT A BIRD ON IT! We both love birds and they will be a big part of our day. No need to apologize – it is too funny!

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      • Which makes me so mad because my love of scuba diving and my aquarium wedding now makes me look trendy lol. STOP FOLLOWING ME TRENDS!!! haha

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          • So true! Birds have a lot of meaning for my fiance and I, and have since we met. I stumbled across the "put a bird on it" stuff on Offbeat Bride…I had no idea it was a THING…We just love birds! For a moment I was really bothered to find out we were part of a trend but my fiance pointed out that it was something we love and putting a bird on it is funny! Besides, birds are not only cute but easy to craft.

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    • I just watched that video and I couldn't stop laughing!

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  1. I think I said this before but I like the idea that your fingerprints are in them – just kinda adds something to it! They really are yours.

    They are really cute :D

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  2. These are awesome, and mad props to you for taking on craftiness. Thanks for a fantastic tutorial! :)

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  3. I made my meerkat cake toppers of awesome. Yes, they're clearly handmade by someone who is crafty but not a pro. And from some angles, yes, they look a little creepy. But I LOVE THEM and everyone else can suck it :)

    Your birdies are delightful!

    As for trends…I decided I wanted a pick and mix candy thing before I knew 'candy buffets' were a thing. Meh. Ours will be cooler and better and cheaper. And also NOMS. YAY!

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  4. If you want them to bake faster (and use less clay) start with a ball of aluminum foil in the middle! Cuts down substantially on baking time for you, and a great tip for thicker sculpey pieces.

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  5. This tutorial is awesome! I was planning on making panda toppers, but had no idea how to really do it. So, yeah, thanks!

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