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Welcome Home Cake Topper DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

A few weeks ago my mom gave me a package of wooden letters. I put them away, not knowing exactly what to do with them. When my husband came home from a long trip, I knew it was time to break them out. This is the prettiest and easiest cake topper I’ve ever made. And, you can write any message under the sun with these letters, and use any color sugar you can find – there are so many pretty hues out there.

Welcome Home Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!
Welcome Home Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!Welcome Home Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!
Click through for instructions…
Materials: wooden letters, glue, paintbrush, wooden skewers, edible sanding sugar.
Step 1: Pop out letters, turn over and glue a skewer to each letter. Let dry.
Step 2: Mix approx. 1 Tbls. glue with 1/2 tsp water. Mix and paint onto a letter.
Step 3: Place letter with glue on it face down in the sanding sugar. Use a little pressure to make sure the surface is fully coated. Repeat with all letters.
Step 4: Let dry again, stick in cake. Done! Enjoy!
 Welcome Home Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!Welcome Home Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!Welcome Home Cake Topper DIY | Oh Happy Day!
Photography by Tim Gibson
  1. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    September 26, 2013

    Such a lovely gesture. I love celebrating the everyday like this.

  2. Bespoke

    September 26, 2013

    So lovely! i love cake toppers, I have to try these.

  3. Jenna Lou

    September 26, 2013

    I love this so much!

  4. Michelle A

    September 26, 2013

    Love the wooden letters, what a great find.

  5. maggie

    September 26, 2013

    So adorable, as usual.

  6. Aida

    September 26, 2013

    I love the flowers as decoration for the cake. They make a perfect team with the glittery sugary letters!

  7. janika R

    September 26, 2013

    Great post. Love that cake with flowers and message.

  8. Amber

    September 26, 2013

    These are adorable. It would be fun to use a flour & water paste to stick the sugar on to make the letters nibbleable/lickable!

  9. cristinfrank@livingsimple

    September 26, 2013

    This is such a purposeful, reusable project. Instead of wasting candles, a wash and reuse “sign” is brilliant!

  10. meg

    September 26, 2013

    What a cute way to add even more pizzaz to a cake!

  11. Leith

    September 26, 2013

    The letters are an adorable idea, but that cake is gorgeous! Just a simple white cake but it looks exquisite with those flowers! Can’t wait to make my own! – Leith

  12. Teri

    September 26, 2013

    Such a sweet idea for a husband or wife coming home again. What they really want is a nice family dinner. This would help make it even more special.

  13. YoungMild&Free

    September 26, 2013

    Loving those flowers. What a great surprise to come home to!


  14. Rhonda Jenkins

    September 26, 2013

    What a cute cake topper, as well as a beautiful cake! Yum!! Such a nice occasion to celebrate!


  15. Bev

    September 26, 2013

    What an amazing idea, will need to try this out sometime.

    Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Bev

  16. LARY@Inspiration Nook

    September 26, 2013

    Love this. Such a cute idea!!!

  17. john

    September 26, 2013

    wow ! it’s amazing, thanks for such wonderful idea.

  18. Willa

    September 27, 2013

    Are those alfalfa sprouts mixed in with the flowers?! Genius, it looks great!

  19. Charmaine/ All in a Soiree

    September 27, 2013

    How cute is this cake topper! Love it

  20. chiara

    September 27, 2013


    Hi Willa – they are sweet pea shoots, which I think are just like alfalfa sprouts. You have a good eye! – Chiara

  21. lyndsay // coco cake land

    September 27, 2013

    chiara that is SO CUTE and so sweet. your mom knows you well! love this tutorial and the styling. (your posts are always some of my favourites on Oh Happy Day!) xo

  22. Birdy& Bambi

    September 27, 2013

    I just made a ‘Happy Birthday’ version of this for a friend and it came out so cute,

    Thanks for the idea and love from overseas,


  23. Paulette Leto

    September 30, 2013

    What an ingenious way to welcome somebody home. That’s awesome!

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