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Making Cake Toppers with Paper Straws

Make Mom a Mother’s Day cake (and cake topper) she’ll love, with this quick and easy tutorial: paper straw letter cake toppers. If you’re a long time reader, you may remember that I made letter cupcake toppers for One Charming Party almost a year ago.

So, I thought it would be fun to recreate this idea with a more feminine feeling for Mother’s Day. Plus, I just really love these floral print straws, that were left over from Meet/Make/Do.

DIY // 'For Mom' Cake Topper


paper straws, scissors, glue gun, wood skewers

How To: 

1. Find paper straws in an interest pattern, design, or color. Cut straws to various lengths to loosely form different letters of the alphabet. You’ll probably have to experiment with this a little bit.

2. Next, glue the straw pieces together with a glue.

3. Once dry, insert a wood skewer into the bottom of one of the straw holes, and glue in place. Wait for the glue to try, before poking each topper through a cake. Done!

How To Make a Message Cake Topper with Paper Straws

Here’s how the finished messages turned out…

DIY Mother's Day Cake + Topper for Mom

Cake Topper for Mother's Day Brunch

DIY // Making Cake Toppers with Paper Straws

A DIY Bouquet of Letters

Who Doesn't Love Cake? Yum!

Bouquet Message for Mom

This message cake topper is really easy to make, which means you can whip this up last minute, if you don’t have much time to get a Mother’s Day gift this year. Or use it for birthdays, graduation, and other special occasions and parties.

P.S. Happy Cinco de Mayo! You didn’t think I’d forget, did you?

Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff


DIY Keepsake Containers

I don’t know how it’s creeping up so fast, but Mother’s Day is in less than two weeks. 11 days from today to be exact. So, I’ll be rolling out a couple more DIY project ideas for Mom over the next week and a half, starting with this one for an embellished keepsake container, which moms ALWAYS have. Honestly, I made a couple of these for myself too though because I like ‘em so much.

I picked up a few of these shallow containers at a local craft store for $2.50 each and with a $2 bottle of enamel model car paint I made these simple containers a little more special. For under $5 each!

Candy Dish DIY

DIY Mother's Day Idea // Candy Dishes

I’m picturing them being used to store jewelry, makeup, and other odds and ends….And maybe even a secret candy stash? That’s how I would roll with them, anyway.

Which is why I partnered with DOVE® Dark Chocolate for this DIY. Have you tried their chocolate? It is seriously delicious (and I’m not even a huge dark chocolate person). Jeff and I ate a whole bag in a couple of days. Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel and Silky Smooth Mint & Dark Chocolate Swirl are my two favorites.

DIY Keepsake Mother's Day Container

Here’s how to make your own keepsake containers for Mother’s Day…

Materials: Ceramic Containers, Enamel Model Car Paint, Paint Brush, Painter’s Tape

How-To: You can either freehand a design or pattern directly onto the ceramic containers OR tape off a shape and paint inside the lines. Either way, this project couldn’t be any easier. And it’s so affordable too.

Fill the container with candies and/or jewelry and give this to mom with a card and a bouquet of flowers (or balloons).

how to: keepsake container

Hand Painted DIY Keepsake Containers

Hand Painted DIY for Mother's Day

After Mother’s Day is over, I could totally see myself reusing this idea for last minute birthday, graduation, and housewarming gifts.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

This post is in partnership with DOVE® Dark Chocolate. Compensation was provided by DOVE® Dark Chocolate via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Dove or Momtrends. 


Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is one week from today and while this especially colorful holiday doesn’t typically get my attention, I can (and will) get into this year. Why? Because it’s almost May, which happens to be a bit of a turning point in the year for me…

It’s starts to get hot outside again, the rain is pretty much done for the most part, summer is coming, and my birthday is in there as well. Lots of welcome changes each year for May. Why not celebrate?

So, I partnered with Tic Tacs to put together a colorful DIY party idea that is one part Cinco de Mayo and two parts summer lovin’. Naturally, it involves a pineapple.

Getting ready for summer

Tic Tacs for Cinco de Mayo

But before I share my DIY party ideas, I wanted to tell you about a new site that Tic Tac just launched where anyone can go and “create their own pack” by picking out their favorite flavors.  Mix and match. It’s pretty fun actually. There will also be events in select cities where anyone can go and actually produce a custom Tic Tac pack, like I did.

I made my own custom packs with passion fruit, lime, green apple, dark strawberry, berry, and orange. And they even have my name on them. Lots of colors and flavors. And actually, that color scheme inspired my DIY party ideas for summer and Cinco de Mayo. So let’s talk about that some more…

Colorful Honeycombs for a DIY Garland

how to make a honeycomb garland

I found these tiny honeycomb food picks at Hobby Lobby and they were super affordable, so I bought a couple of containers of them and took them apart. Here’s how to make the honeycomb garland.

Materials: honeycomb food picks, string or twine, scissors, and a needle

How To: Remove the honeycomb balls from the food picks, careful not to smash them. Then thread a long string through a needle and thread honeycombs through the center one by one. Continue this process until 30-40 honeycombs have been added. Knot both sides to secure the ends and hang. That’s it. Super easy!

You can make festive drink stirrers as well, by threading honeycombs through a wood skewer. Add a pineapple or two just for fun and minimal black and white napkins and table linens, so the colors will really pop. And you’re good to go.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with These DIY Ideas

Concept, photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

How will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year? Any fun party plans?

Tic Tac My PackThis post is in partnership with Tic Tac My Pack.  All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.