Our colors are going to be Navy Blue and Hot Pink and I have been in love with the thought of using an initial for the cake topper since I got started in all of this wedding hoopla, but I was definitely not in love with some of the price tags I've seen! I refuse to spend $75 for more on something that will be stuck in the top of our cake. Heck, my dress budget is only $150!
So, I decided that I'm going to have what I want without spending tons of money.
I walked around Hobby Lobby last Friday and there were initial items everywhere! The one that I bought was just a plain black metal R with a ribbon hanging from the top for $2.99.
I got some bedazzling jewels. They were flat on the back, and pretty small. I don't remember the size, but there were 144 pieces in each bag, so they were rather tiny. I bought four bags. (and I was sweating it at the end afraid that I wouldn't have enough. I did end up with leftovers though.) ($1.99 each bag)
Then I sat down on my comfy couch and some Elmers glue and added the jewels to the R. It took about 2 hours to do it, but I'm really happy with the way it ended up.
When it was dry I painted two wooden craft sticks black where it would attach to the letter, and then a little bit down so they wouldn't be exposed if it sticks out of the cake a little and hot glued them to the back of the R.
The picture doesn't really do it justice. It's so pretty and sparkly in the light and I can't wait to see it on top of my cake/cupcake tower! Total cost? $10.86