KHalstead Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 7:51pm

I just put together this tutorial since I've had a lot of requests for photos on how I did the rhinestone monograms in my photos. I sell these for $10.00 and they're about 4"-5" high and they cost me around $3.00 to make, and maybe half an hour. I began offering these when I was doing $99 wedding cakes as a cheaper alternative for brides on a budget. They are thin and cheap, but I let the brides know that. These are not those fancy shmancy toppers that cost hundreds of dollars (i'm sure those are better quality than these)...but for those of you that wanted to know, or want to offer a low cost option to your brides, here goes.

This particular one is for a bride and groom who's first names start with E and K.

Ok, I see the directions didn't post with the photos all the way

1. Things you need: metal (I use aluminum), scissors, scotch tape, and your paper template.

2. Paper pattern all cut out, you'll notice 2 tabs at the bottom, this is the part that will go into the cake (if you don't feel it's secure enough with those tabs then you can glue some wooden skewers to the backs of the tabs and insert those into the cake, it looks nicer to have the tabs verses having wooden skewers going all the way up the back of the letter, just in case the back of the cake is viewed)

3. Using scotch tape, tape your pattern down onto the metal sheet making sure all edges are taped securely so it doesn't move when you're cutting it out.

4. Now you have your piece of metal, on to the gemming process.

5. Things you need to put the gems on. Gems of course (I used rhinestones from the craft store 1.99 for 144 pcs. I used 2 different sizes as well), glue that dries clear (in case you're not neat) and one that says it's good for metal and gemstones, mine is also flexible which is nice if the topper gets bent the gems don't pop off), and most importantly but not pictured you need a toothpick!

6. Using your toothpick spread a little glue onto the monogram (I put a blob of glue on my work surface and dip into that), then use the same toothpick to gently pick up the gemstones (make sure you don't have too much glue on the toothpick or it will dull the shine of the gem) and put them in place on the monogram. I used smaller gems for areas that were odd shaped and the larger ones wouldn't fit.

7. Once you're done, let it dry per your glue's instructions and you have yourself a cute little topper in no time!
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33 replies
__Jamie__ Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 7:55pm

Look at that! Beautiful!

LULABEL Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 8:06pm

Great job thank you so much for sharing. icon_biggrin.gif

tigersluv Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 8:12pm

Very cool, wish I would have seen this a few months ago for my brother's wedding cake!

Charmed Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 8:23pm

Thanks for the tutorial!! wonderful. could you tell me where did you buy your food safe alumimium? I have tried to google food safe aluminium and can't find anything but sheet pans.

LULABEL Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 8:24pm

btw . . where do you purchase your aluminum from?

tatorchip Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 8:26pm

KHalstead, thank you so much, I have a question, is the E for the female or male, TIA

Rosie2 Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 8:33pm

Wow, yuo're genious! thank you so very much!!!!!

ncbert Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 9:14pm

great tutorial...thank-you very much for putting that together for us!!YAH

FlourPots Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 9:25pm

That's freakin' awesome...thanks so much for sharing this.

KHalstead Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 10:18pm
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Originally Posted by tatorchip

KHalstead, thank you so much, I have a question, is the E for the female or male, TIA




The E is for the groom (Eric) and the K is for the bride (Karen)...generally I would suggest the bride go first, but this is what they asked for

" An E and K connected and a little fancy, but not too fancy and curly with the font" then the groom sketched quickly an E and K that were one higher than the other like that, so I figured out a way to connect them so they flowed better.


As for the food safe aluminum, there is a thread on here where someone posted a company that sells the food grade aluminum, I just use aluminum flashing from the hardware store (not food grade) and wrap the little tabs in packaging tape before inserting into the cake. I'm sure someone will say that the packaging tape isn't much better, but I've never had anyone get sick.....oh and I use clear contact paper all the time too and nobody has EVEr died...........YET!

__Jamie__ Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 10:20pm
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oh and I use clear contact paper all the time too and nobody has EVEr died...........YET!




Me too. thumbs_up.gif

purplebutterfly1234 Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 10:31pm

KHalstead, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Beautiful work!!! icon_biggrin.gif

cabecakes Posted 3 Oct 2009 , 12:41am

Thank you so much for taking the time to share this tutorial with us. I for one am very grateful.

cylstrial Posted 3 Oct 2009 , 1:49am

I love it KHalstead! It looks amazing!!

tatorchip Posted 3 Oct 2009 , 2:01am

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Originally Posted by tatorchip

KHalstead, thank you so much, I have a question, is the E for the female or male, TIA




The E is for the groom (Eric) and the K is for the bride (Karen)...generally I would suggest the bride go first, but this is what they asked for


Thank you so much, this is awesome, thanks for the tutorial, you had a fantastic idea

adree313 Posted 3 Oct 2009 , 2:03am

this is awesome! thank you!

lilscakes Posted 3 Oct 2009 , 2:13am

ohhhhhhh where was this tutorial this summer when I needed a monogram topper? Thanks so much khalstead for taking the time to do this and share with us. It's folks like yourself that make this site super special!

Cricketina Posted 3 Oct 2009 , 6:21pm

That was so generous to share and sooo beautiful I just got my first order for a Wedding cake by a bride on a budget!!! and this is soooo perfect! thumbs_up.gif
Thank you!!!!

KHalstead Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 5:43pm

just wanted to add a photo of the final topper on the cake

This is a 6",8", and 10" cake.

the coolest thing I think about this whole thing is that the bride told me they wanted the E and K but didn't say exactlly what font they wanted or how they wanted them joined, just that they wanted the E first and one higher than the other and not too curly and fancy with the letters but still elegant looking. Turns out when I went to set up the cake Sat. that they had huge EK emblems (IDENTICAL to the topper font and all) on the walls and on their napkins and on the table centerpieces! I had NO idea that they were incorporating it into the decor (they never mentioned that before) and it turns out they were a perfect match. Don't you love when that happens???
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tatorchip Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 7:35pm

I love the way it came out and glad that everything matched, you did such a great job on the letters and thanks again for the idea

mary-ann Posted 19 Sep 2010 , 5:41am

Thanks so much for posting these instructions KHalstead! I made a small monogram for a wedding shower cake and the customer loved it. The photo is here: http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1807305.html

alyena Posted 19 Sep 2010 , 9:32am

Wowwww!!!! Thank you very much!!!!

alyena Posted 19 Sep 2010 , 9:33am

Wowwww!!!! Thank you very much!!!!

tanyascakes Posted 19 Sep 2010 , 10:17am

Thanks so very much for this tutorial! I was looking for someway to make these!

FleurDeCake Posted 19 Sep 2010 , 10:27am

thank you so much this is great

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