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DIY Weddings

DIY weddings take over your home. This “listicle” is very true. With less than three weeks left, James and I have been drowning in tealight roses, twine, burlap, paint, hot glue and tupperware.

This is how it started.

Each table had its own tupperware container with instructions and test pictures. Then it turned into this.

Essentially, word of the wise, ensure you have space. Don’t lose your wedding shoes in the mess (true story) and remember, your closest is probably not big enough to accommodate.

A few months ago, James and I were looking at cake toppers on Etsy and I found a set of rabbits. I joked that we should get said bunnies, which was immediately retracted when I stumbled across these beauties: Guinea pig cake toppers. Oh. My. God.

As many of you know, James and I adopted a guinea pig named Squeaky last summer. She was timid, shy and didn’t want much to have to do with us. Fast forward 11 months later and this piggy LOVES us. She begs to be picked up and cuddled. She falls asleep in our laps and purrs (which sounds more like a grunting angry noise, but who am I to judge?). We adore Squeaky. It happened – we wanted her to be a part of our wedding. Of course her physical presence wouldn’t be permitted, so we decided to channel her in spirit.

Which leads me back to: Guinea pig cake toppers!

The pair on Etsy were a whopping $120. When you are trying to save pennies and DIY as much as possible, this is a lot of money. The less expensive guinea pig cake toppers on Etsy were also not up to par with what we wanted. It was time to show James the big guns and bring out my sculpting skills, a talent I have not needed to use in at least 16 years.

These little guys were incredibly easy to make, took less than an hour, and saved me, after I purchased supplies, about $110. Here’s how to do it!


  • Sculpey clay in assorted colors (I chose white, tan, black and pink) – available at Michaels, AC Moore and Amazon
  • Tin foil
  • Toaster oven (or regular sized oven, but it’s the summer and that’s a hot endeavor)
  • Chop stick
  • Spoon


1. Preheat your oven to 275 F. Line a small baking tray with a piece of tinfoil.
2. Make the guinea pig bodies:

Pull a sheet of tinfoil off that’s approximately 7″ x 12″. Crumple it into an oval shape. Repeat if you’re making more than one. If you aren’t happy with the shape, you can add smaller scraps of tin foil and build on the base.

3. Cover the body in clay:

Roll a piece of clay out in the preferred color and mold it around the tin foil body like a burrito. You’ll have extra clay, which is fine. In some cases, use it to smooth out uneven surfaces, in others, remove and set aside. The end result should look something like this:

Use the spoon to help smooth out finger prints. Part of the charm is that these are DIY, so I wasn’t too worried about making them seamlessly smooth.

4. Decorate! Add eyes, nose, hat, rose, ears, feet, spots, whatever you please! Use the chop stick to help adhere and to mold if needed. You may prefer not to use it which is fine to.

5. Place your guinea pig on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 275 F. Check after 10 minutes to ensure that it’s not burning.

6. Left your piggies cool (about an hour) and you’ve got the perfect cake topper!


Happy Engagement Anniversary!

Can you believe it? A year ago yesterday, James proposed. We sprang into action to plan engagement parties, spread the word and my secret wedding Pinterest board actually became legit (but still secret). Now that our venue and caterer are booked, the dress purchased and a general look and feel established, it’s time to get our hands dirty.

As you may have seen from this post, crafts aren’t my thing. Let me clarify – repetitive crafts aren’t my thing. I’m an artistic person. I’m creative. So when I have to do something more than once, it feels like creativity is being wasted. I become impatient. It’s not pretty.

But when I saw a tutorial for a flameless rose candles, I knew I had to put aside my impatience for the wedding. I invited one of my bridesmaids over and we got to work. For the complete tutorial, please check out Smart School House.


  • Flameless tea lights (Christmas tree shop sells 12 for $5)
  • Fabric rose petals (better selection at Michael’s than AC Moore)
  • A glue gun
  • Plastic spoons with the end snapped/cut off


  1. Plug in glue gun. Let that heat up!
  2. Meanwhile, cut off the handle of plastic spoons. I used heavy duty kitchen shears, and cut off a box of 48 to make six tea lights
  3. On the back of the spoon, cover with a thin layer of hot glue (about 2/3 of the spoon should be covered with the bottom 1/3 left glueless)
  4. Stick a rose petal on the spoon, with the pointier end facing down.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 seven more times
  6. Glue the rose petal spoon contraption to the tea light. Check out the tutorial for this. But you should glue four spoons directly across from one another. Then glue the remaining four spoons between the first layer. Between each gluing, hold in place until dry
  7. Once all of the spoons are on, glue petals on the bottom

And I must say, I absolutely loved the way they came out! This ended up being a fairly easy craft with enough steps to keep my distracted. Plus, we only did six. I’ll continue to make these in the next few months and could see this as a good project to do during a movie.

Better yet, do this in the afternoon/evening so you can see the rose come to life once turned on.