Monogram Cake Bunting Tutorial Made With Real Shells

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Cake bunting is such a charming trend, but I wanted something just a little more elegant for my nautical wedding inspiration shoot.  

A cake bunting featuring a monogram and natural materials like shells and sand was the perfect solution.  Elegant and playful at the same time.

This tutorial is very similar to the Shell Table Numbers project, but actually even easier!

Materials for nautical Shell Monogram Cake Bunting:

  • tiny real shells
  • printer
  • cardstock
  • sand
  • hot glue gun
  • craft glue

Start by printing out the bride and groom's monogram on cardstock.  Carefully trim the letters out.  

I wanted the larger, central letter in the monogram to stand out, so I decided to cover the smaller letters with sand and a few shell accents, rather than completely in shells.  A little craft glue--I love this one from Martha Stewart--and a little sand covered the smaller initials perfectly and quickly.

Once the glue and sand had dried completely, I added a few accent shells with a hot glue gun.

The larger, central monogram letter was decorated very simply by using a hot glue gun to cover the surface of the letter with tiny shells (bought at my local craft store).  

Once the letters have been decorated and are completely dry, it's a simple matter to tie string to a couple of bamboo skewers, and hot glue the monogram letters to the string.  I used a twisted cotton twine that reminded me of classic nautical rope, but on a smaller scale.

On the day of the event, just pop the cake bunting into the top of the cake.  It's the perfect, easy, elegant DIY touch for a shower or wedding.

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido