Do you remember Ginny Branch’s amazing 20’s inspired wedding I featured a couple of weeks back on Once Wed? Well, I am thrilled, Haylie, has joined us today to share a DIY project from her wedding. Ginny wanted to give something personal and handmade to each person in her bridal party to show her appreciation and thankfulness for their friendship. She commissioned her friend, Haylie, to create and personalize each of the little figurines above as gifts, and I’m so excited Haylie has joined us today to share more behind her project…

These assembled statuettes can be used as cupcake toppers or given as bride’s maids’ gifts. The figurines are the perfect size to be set on a windowsill to serve as a sweet reminder of your wedding day. The assembled pieces shown here were mostly collected from garage sales and the twenty-five cent bins at a flea market, but one of my favorite places to find miniatures is in the dollhouse section of my nearest craft store. The cake-decorating isle is another great place to look for miniature odds and ends. When given as bridesmaids’ gifts, it can be nice to personalize each statuette by changing the colors or themes to fit each individual. Click “more” below to learn more about this project.



Materials & Tools

-All purpose clear gel glue, for metals, fabrics, plastics (Beacons fast drying or e-6000 recommended)

-Medium weight florist wire or pipe cleaner, cut to 6.5” pieces

-Found miniature objects: dollhouse accessories, charms, miniatures, small toys sources: craft supply stores, garage sales, flea markets, eBay

-Tiny silk or millinery flowers, sources: craft supply or tinseltrading.com

-Platform pieces approx. 1.5”  wide e.g. poker chips, milk caps, dominoes, small match boxes, sources:

-2”Brass discs for base, source: Metaliferous.com

-Skeins of small to medium fly-tying chenille (chenille pipe cleaners can substitute fly tying chenille and florist wire, expect a different look), sources: eBay, flyshack.com, found under body materials

-Wire cutters

-Needle-nose pliers



Step 1- Bend 6.5” wire into an arch, use round object as a guide with approx. 1 to 1.5” diam. and be sure to keep ends even in length

Step 2- Wrap wire with chenille, start by gluing tail of chenille yarn to one end of wire. Work yarn up and around arch and back down to other end, keep coils/ wraps tight and even by twisting like you would a watch knob. When finished cut chenille and tack down the tail end with another dot of glue. Using needle-nose pliers you may want to curl the ends of the arch for a more finished look.

Step 3- Gather items and layout to preferred composition by stacking any number of items. Start with brass disc as base, then a platform piece (poker chip/ domino, miniature book as shown, etc.), a main object (like bird pictured in example), the chenille arch, and decorative flowers to finish.


Steps 4, 5, & 6- Glue in order of layout, starting from the bottom. Hold each object for a few seconds after gluing to help set in place.


Cut off flower heads and glue into desired positions to finish the statuette.

Project created by Haylie Bird Waring


Comments (20)

Mo | Reply

I love this idea! Thanks for the inspiration, I might need to make myself a cake topper now.

Crystal | Reply

So precious. I am hoping to do something similar for my bridesmaids. I think personal and handmade is the way to go every time. Made in China…not so much.

wedding chicks | Reply

these cake toppers are so much fun! thanks for sharing.

Amy - Eat Drink Chic | Reply

Wow, you could get so creative with this project. Would be so much fun just hunting for and collecting all the cute objects from flea markets and such.

The Perfect Palette | Reply

these are great fun.

Tonia | Reply

These are so original and cute…gives your cake a whimsical French-flea-market look. Lovely!

Mary | Reply

These are too adorable!! I was just at a flea market this weekend and saw all the stuff to make them, but would never have thought of putting odds and ends together like this! This is such a great project and idea, thanks so much for sharing!!

Amy@OldSweetSong | Reply

Adorbs! So precious. You always have the best DIY projects, lady.

Sherita | Reply

These are so CUTE!!!!

Meg | Reply

Such a great idea, a good place to get little nic-naks for the toppers would be the salvation army, thrift stores or yard sales.

Carol | Reply

awwwww they are so adorable, thanks for sharing ^^

kathy ainsworth | Reply


ginnybranch stelling | Reply

awwww yay! i love what my sweet haylie bird made for my bridesmaids (and bridesman). she is so talented it makes my head spin… and insanely humble.

birthday cake pictures | Reply

These are gorgeous cake toppers and as small gifts for children.

Glenda | Reply

WOW! These are so cool. I love them. Would love to be able to make them. Perhaps I will attempt something small.
Thanks for sharing.

Kristina - Event lighting CT | Reply

Wow! Cute wedding cake toppers. I so like it. It’s really creative and it can save a lot of money.


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