This year, I decided to make my own DIY cupcake toppers for my kids’ birthday parties.
I love how cupcake toppers add a pop to dessert tables, so I wanted to try making my own. After making a few different cupcake topper designs for Cricut and Silhouette cutting machines, I think this birthday craft is easy for any crafter getting started.
In addition, these cupcake topper DIY crafts are great to add a personalized touch to any birthday or special occasion. Of course, you can also save money on party decorations by making them yourself at home. In this post, I’ll go through all the steps you need to make your own cupcake topper from home. I’ll also provide several different cupcake topper designs you can choose from.
Remember, you can use cupcake toppers for so many other foods besides cupcakes! I love using these for regular cake slices, brownies, and sliced fruit!
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Materials for DIY Cupcake Toppers
Cardstock – I like to use medium weight cardstock with colored cores. Here are some of my favorite brands:
- Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Cricut Joy Insert Card Packs – You don’t have to use these with the Cricut Joy, they are nice material kids for cardmaking.
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte-colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Poptone Assorted Variety Pack – This is the perfect peppy assortment of colors of heavy cardstock. It’s a heavy cardstock assortment with colors I actually use frequently for cardmaking.
- Seasonal Assorted Variety Pack – This is a slight variation on the Poptone assortment and has a quite few neutrals that complement almost any accent color.
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go-to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
Glue – Any type of glue works here. Here are some of my favorite brands of glue that works well with cardstock
Cricut – I use a cutting machine to do some of the cutting for this project. This of course is optional but it sure makes things go faster. Check out my reviews for Best Cricut machines for beginners if you’re new to the Cricut.
Templates – All of DIY cupcake topper templates featured in this tutorial are available in both printable PDF and SVG file formats.
Cupcake Topper Designs
Number Cupcake Toppers
There are plenty of different DIY cupcake topper designs you can make for your family and friends’ birthdays. For example, you can use simple number SVGs and circle templates for birthdays of any age. For these, I also use a floral cupcake topper SVG template to add a more elegant option.
Animal Cupcake Toppers
In addition, you can also download free cute dinosaur SVG templates for kids’ Jurassic-themed birthday parties. These dinosaur templates pair great with tropical leaf cutouts and circle designs as well. Of course, you can also use Cricut unicorn SVG free templates for magical themed birthday parties.
3D Flower Cake Toppers
Next, I also created 3D flower cake toppers. These are great for weddings, friend’s birthday parties, and bridal showers. I love these templates because they can look like paper flowers are growing from the cupcakes. If you’re looking to decorate for a fully party, you can also use this flower garland DIY tutorial to decorate the dessert table!
How to Make Your Own Cupcake Toppers
Download Your Templates
First, you can download your cupcake topper SVG templates free from my Resource Library. To gain access, sign up for my newsletter. Then, you can browse to select a template that fits your party theme. Since I was planning for my kid’s dinosaur birthday party, I chose the dinosaur templates to get started.
Print and Cut Cupcake Toppers With Cricut
Next, you should upload your templates to the Cricut Design Space and make any edits you want to make. Then, you can print them for cutting. Most of the SVGs in my Resource Library are compatible with Cricut, Silhouette, and other cutting machines. Of course, you can also print and cut them by hand as well.
I find that cardstock works best for a sturdy cupcake topper design.
Assemble Your Cupcake Topper
Once you have your DIY cupcake topper templates ready, it’s pretty easy to assemble them. To attach the templates to the back, I usually use double-sided Scotch tape. Alternatively, you can use a glue stick if your templates are flat.
For the sticks, you can use popsicle or lollipop sticks. Additionally, I’ve found that coffee stir sticks are the perfect size when you cut them in half! To get a clean break, I use wire cutters to cut through the wood.
DIY Accordion Cupcake Toppers
In addition, you can also make DIY accordion cupcake toppers. I love how these create a fun pinwheel effect. With red, white, and blue cardstock, these are perfect for Memorial, Independence, and Labor Day celebrations. Alternatively, bright summer colors can make these pinwheels resemble flowers for a birthday party or bridal shower.
To get started, you just need to print two circle templates and cut a slit halfway through. Then, you make alternating folds until you have a fan shape. Once I have the fans, I usually hot glue them at the center and on the sides.
I love how these look with 3D flowers over top. Alternatively, you can use these on their own for fun cupcake topper party decorations!
Attach The Stick
When you have your cupcake toppers ready to go, attach your stick to the back so you can stand it up in your cupcakes. I like using hot glue for this step because it makes a strong, sturdy bond between the cardstock and the skewer. When hot gluing, I keep a mason jar cap nearby to catch any glue drips.
Always be careful to watch the temperature of the hot glue gun, and unplug it when you’re done!
Arrange Your Cupcakes
Once you have your DIY cupcake toppers assembled, you’re ready to stick them in the cupcakes! It can be fun to vary the size of the sticks you use, so the toppers come up at different levels. This way, party guests can see all of your crafts when you have the cupcakes on a tray or dessert table.
Additional Tips & Tricks
A few additional tips and tricks can make your DIY cake toppers stand out on your dessert table! First, I’d recommend keeping your cupcake topper templates between 1.25″ and 1.75″. This way, they won’t be too big for the sticks to hold up.
I would also try to keep a consistent color scheme throughout your cupcake sets. For example, I kept my unicorn and number cupcakes teal, yellow, purple, and coral.
On the other hand, I kept these floral cupcake topper templates peach, coral, and yellow to match the party theme.
DIY cupcake toppers are perfect for kid’s birthday parties, weddings, bridal showers, and more. Definitely, you’re sure to impress your guests when they find out these are handmade!
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