Jen Causey-Kidder
Jen Causey-Kidder June 20, 2014

DIY | Painted Cake Topper Sayings

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When it comes to DIY-ing items for your wedding, some projects can be overwhelming because of the sheer number you have to create (ie. favors, invitations, centerpieces, etc.) – but a cake topper is simple! You only have to make one! Well, I guess you could make more if you wanted to. Today’s super fun cake topper project is quick, easy (and cheap!) and can be completed in a couple of hours – it would take less time but you have to wait for glue and paint to dry. Pick your saying – any saying – and spell it out with tiny wood letters. From Mr & Mrs to #eatcake… what saying would fit you as a couple or your wedding theme?

DIY cake topper sayings mr and mrs
DIY cake topper sayings #eatcake


  • 3/4″ wood block letters/numbers
  • 1/4″ dowels cut to 6″ – 12″
  • Martha Stewart Crafts paint in your choice of colors
  • Tacky Glue
  • paint brush
  • wax paper
DIY cake topper sayings

Start by cutting 1/4″ dowels down to about 6″ – 12″… the height of the stick is up to you. Using a nail file or sand paper, smooth the cut edges. I chose square dowels for ease of gluing but you can use round dowels too.

I’m giving you a range of stick length because you need to make it fit your word and design. If you know that one of your words needs to be tall (like the Mr) then your sticks might need to be longer – same thing with short – if you don’t want your word sticking out of the cake that high, make the stick shorter.

DIY cake topper sayings

Lay your words out – backwards – because we are going to glue the dowels onto the backside of each letter.

DIY cake topper sayings

Apply a small amount of glue to the backside of each letter and then add the dowel.

You know how precise I can get, so for all you ocd gals like me here’s a great tip: To make sure the dowel dries perfectly flush with the letter, place another letter under the end of the dowel to prop it up while drying!

DIY cake topper sayings

Glue all your dowels to your letters and let them dry.

DIY cake topper sayings

Aren’t they super cute!? If you are having a rustic wedding… you might not want to paint them – the wood by itself might be just perfect for you!

DIY cake topper sayings

Next up, painting the letters. Using your choice of Martha Stewart Crafts paint… cover the entire letter and stick with paint. Here I only needed 1 coat of paint but depending on your color choice you might need 2.

DIY cake topper sayings

Let each letter stick dry on a piece of waxed paper.

DIY cake topper sayings

CRAFTERS TIP: for those letters with small crevices, use a pin to wipe out excess paint.

DIY cake topper sayings

As you see here, I didn’t paint the ends of the sticks where I was holding them. There’s actually no need – since they will be hidden inside your wedding cake.

DIY cake topper sayings

I know what you are thinking… paint + cake? Is it safe? These MSC paints are non-toxic, but they recommended painted surfaces to be kept away from food – personally I don’t think it’s a big deal for what we’ve got going on here, but that’s your call.

DIY cake topper sayings
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I think these are just darling!!! The tall painted sticks make such a bold color statement!

DIY cake topper sayings

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DIY Tutorial Credits

Photography: Studio Eleven Weddings // DIY Tutorial: Jen | Something Turquoise // MSC paints (Mr & Mrs: Root Beer Float, Wedding Cake, and Wild Salmon) (#eatcake: Wild Blueberry, Indigo, and Pool) + paint brush: Editors at Martha Stewart Living // 3/4" wood block letters/numbers, 1/4" square dowel and Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue pen: Michaels // yummy cake: My Mom // nail polish: OPI - You Don't know Jacques! and Glitzerland

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