I am starting to feel very prohibited by my wedding budget. I set a very tight budget on myself and at this point, I am about $2500 over. When I started tallying everything together, my heart kept dropping. I THINK I have everything covered, but there is no telling what I have yet to account for and what will push my budget over the edge. Personally, I do not want to think about it. My goal is cutting this baby down (which means I am going to have to give up some things).
About two weeks ago during my time off for Thanksgiving, I was inspired and feeling crafty. I have been casually looking around for cake toppers and havent really found anything I liked. Even the ones I did like were wayyy too expensive.
After browsing Etsy for awhile, I saw a few I thought were pretty cute, but $$. What I liked about these particular toppers was the added nostalgia they brought. When I was younger, I was obsessed with Fisher Price Little People. I had a metro city of things: two suburban houses, the beach house, the fire dept, the jail, the airport, the hospital, etc. I cannot remember a time when I WASNT playing with my “Jenny” people, as I so lovingly called them (I will admit I truly thought this was their official name until very recent times. I dont know WHY I thought they were called Jennies)
Yep, I had most of these. Source
After contemplating, I decided to whip out the glue gun and start working. I actually found a tutorial online showing how to do this and as soon as I find it again, I will post it.
What I bought:
Wooden Doll bodies – my store only had one size and one style
Large beads – I used the larger sized beads
3/16in dowel rods – You can use any type you want, I went cheap
7 inch circular plaque
I first painted the plaque white and lined the bottom face with a navy blue ribbon. I could have painted this yellow, but I wanted to keep the bottom as simple as I could not knowing how much would be covered by my “Jennies.” Plus I need more navy in my decor, going a little yellow cray cray over here.
While the paint was drying, I had to do something drastic. I had to decapitate my doll body’s little head! The size just wasnt doing it for me and I wanted the head to be as proportional as possible. Marie Antoinnette would be proud!
I started working on the heads and trying to get the hair color as close as possible to our own (harder than expected). My head ended up being “redyed” because it did not match as much as I had hoped. The heads were pretty easy and could be easier when you are smart with your planning (someday I will learn). For the eyes, I painted the black lines on. As soon as I walked back to my office I realized that would have been easier with a thin tipped black sharpie. oh well. The little head that was viciously chopped off came back to life with purpose. I painted that the same color as my hair and glued it off center on the back of the head to represent an updo. No waste here!
Back to the body. Before painting or gluing to your body, I recommend at this point you drill the holes in the bottom of the body for the legs. All I did was find a drill bit that matched the size of the dowels and drilled little holes. Easy. If you wait until after you have painted, you could end up with a mess.
There are so many options to decorating your body, I wouldnt know where to start. I wanted to do something with glitter (shocking) so I painted my dress top on the body. After it dried, I wiped Elmers glue on it and sprinkled my glitter. This may or may not replicate my real dress
The same for Jenny Matt’s body. I painted his body white for the shirt and yellow for his tie. After the paint dried, I hot glued the new heads to the bodies.
Legs time. I determined the length of the legs and cut them down to size. I sanded Jenny Matt’s down and painted them black (I assume he will have a black tux) (Oh goodness I am having images of Dumb and Dumber flash in my head) (Maybe I should take control of his outfit…there WERE threats of Dolphins colors). I used my trusty glue gun to fill in the holes on the bottom of the body and placed the legs inside. Snug as a bug. I marked the bottom of the legs with a small amount of paint and marked where I wanted the bottom portion to be placed on the base. I drilled my little holes.
With my Jenny, I wanted the bottom to be somewhat full. I had leftover satin fabric from my garter and cut to size the length I needed. I knew it wasnt going to pouf as much as I wanted so I grabbed my left over tulle and glued it to the bottom of her body. Then I glued the satin over that and I had instant pouf! I also cut a sliver of tulle and glued it to her “updo” for the veil.
Sorry for the dark pictures.
Once our Jennies were dressed and glued, I added a small heart with our initials. I had a few different sayings I wanted to write, but this seemed to work the best with the space given.
Here is the final product:
I opted to go armless because I could not find a material that I actually liked. Plus, they look good without arms I think. So what do you think? Do you think I should use this as a cake topper or go for something more traditional? Do you think it still looks a little plain?
Total cost for this project: $10.54