How to Make an Airplane Wedding Cake Topper


The cake is the centerpiece of the wedding reception, so it is no wonder that brides spend so much time considering how the cake will look, as well as how it will taste. You might be considering an airplane-themed wedding if you or your future spouse is a pilot, travels a lot or if you met while traveling. You can make your own airplane cake topper with a few inexpensive items from a craft store.

Things You'll Need

  • Toy wood or metal airplane
  • Styrofoam piece slightly larger than plane
  • White paint
  • 2 dowel sticks, 3-4 inches long
  • 1 dowel stick 2-3 inches long
  • Silk flowers
  • Hot glue
  • Putty or modeling clay
  • Sparkle
  • Hairspray
  • Wired ribbon
  • Iron-on transfer paper for computer
  • Iron
  • Clear address labels
  • Paint the airplane white with paint for either metal or wood. Paint three dowel sticks, two slightly longer than the other, white. Paint the Styrofoam white. Let everything dry completely.

  • Poke the two longer dowel sticks into the Styrofoam where the front of the plane will go. Poke the shorter dowel stick into the foam where the back of the plane will go. Hot glue the plane to the sticks, or use putty or modeling clay. Spray the plane with hairspray and dust it with sparkle.

  • On your computer, create a "Just Married" sign. Following the directions for the iron-on transfer, iron the "Just Married" words onto a wired fabric ribbon. Taper the ends of the ribbon for a decorative look. You may also want to print two smaller labels with the wedding couple's names or the wedding date on clear return address label stickers.

  • Attach a wire to the top and bottom of the ribbon banner and secure the other end to the back of the airplane to make it appear as if the airplane is pulling the "Just Married" banner through the sky. Make the ribbon banner appear to be waving in the wind by using your fingers to curve it. Attach the labels with the wedding couple's name or wedding date to the airplane. Dust the plane with more sparkle.

  • Hot glue white silk flower buds to the Styrofoam base. Fully cover the base with white buds to give it the appearance of clouds. Spray the flowers with hairspray and dust them with sparkle. Let everything dry thoroughly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to begin making your cake topper several days before the wedding.

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  • Photo Credit airplane image by Goran Bogicevic from toy airplane image by Goran Bogicevic from
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