I saw this cake topper on Pinterest a while back:
It's available for purchase at Etsy. While I love it, at $300 it was well outside my budget. But I just couldn't get it out of my head. I loved it so much I wouldn't settle for something else. So I made a trip to the craft store and pulled out the hot glue gun and ~6 hours later:
This is something I will keep forever. I used several costume pieces I had "inherited" from my grandmother, a plastic teddy bear barrette from childhood, silk flowers, and lots and lots and lots of beads. Bonus points if you spot the ballerina!
Out of respect to the original crafter, I will not post a tutorial for this project. I don't think doing so would be ethical.