Making your own custom cake topper is super easy. This is a tutorial on how to edit your design and then personalize a simple wedding cake topper.
I love making my own cake topper for every occasion. Sometimes I just get a plain inexpensive cake from the grocery store and then supplement my own fancy cake topper and everyone thinks I spent a ton on the cake.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a silhouette cutout for a custom cake topper that can not only be used for fancy occasions like a wedding but can also serve as an option to go that extra mile on anniversaries and other special occasions.
I have other tutorials on making other types of cake toppers as well. Check out my tutorial on how to make cake toppers with your Cricut if you are interested in cake topper making with your cutting machine.
I make my cake toppers using a Cricut machine but you can totally make these by hand as well with a pair of scissors.
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Materials for DIY Wedding Cake Topper
Cardstock – My default material of choice is cardstock. There are so many colors and finishes to choose from. It’s also a great material to make additional accessories for the cake topper. Here are my go to brands for cardstock.
- Neenah Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- 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
- Green Assorted Variety Pack – I love this variety pack of green, it is perfect for any foliage making.
- Pinks Assorted Variety Pack – This is a great starter pack of various shades of pink and even a red.
- Purple Assorted Variety Pack – This is another essential variety pack of every shade of purple you might need
- 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.
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 – I have a set of free additional frames that are perfect for DIY custom cake toppers that are available in both SVG and printable PDF formats in my resource library.
How to make a bride and groom wedding cake toppers customized
First, we are going to do some photo editing. We want a base silhouette to work from an existing picture.
I use a tool called Clipping Magic. It is a fully automated background removal tool that lets you do post-processing editorial changes.
That last part is essential, the editing part and it is the reason I use Clipping Magic as opposed to all the other background removal products out there.
All you have to do is drag and drop your image to the Clipping Magic browser and it automatically removes the background and creates a silhouette outline.
If you want to include or exclude any piece, all you need to do is click with the removal tools to add and take away from the silhouette.
Most importantly, after you’ve removed the background, you can download the outline as an SVG if you are using a cutting machine like the Cricut to make cut out your designs.
To add an extra frame around the silhouette, you simply upload both the silhouette and the frame template to your editor of choice and combine the designs. Here I am using Cricut Design Space in which case I just position and resize the different graphics and weld them together.