Thursday, August 30, 2012

Birthday Series: Design Your Own Custom Cupcake Toppers

Instead of a cake at my daughters birthday party we decided to have cupcakes. I wanted to purchase some cupcake toppers to decorate her cupcakes but after seeing the price, I decided to make my own. It was very easy and I had everything I needed so I didn't even have to go out and buy anything. Here's how to do it.

You will need:
  • Patterned paper. I used the scraps from my birthday banner!
  • Circle stencil. Different size circle cutters or punches would work too.
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Access to a computer and printer

First you want to make your circles. I wanted three different sizes for a layered look. I used this circle stencil I got from a scrapbook store a long time ago.

First you want to trace your biggest circle and cut it out of your paper.

Then you want to attach your largest circle to the toothpick. This is the trickiest part. I tried a couple of different ways and found the way that worked best for me. I turned the paper over, placed the toothpick where I wanted it, and put a small piece of tape over it. You want to position your toothpick so that you give plenty of stability to your topper and have enough left to stick down in the cupcake. 

Then put a thin layer of glue on the paper and attach the 2nd circle to the backside. So both sides of your topper have the patterned paper facing out.

Then if you want, trace and cut a smaller circle out and glue it inside the larger circle on both sides.

Then you want to make your smallest circle which will be the focal point of the topper. I chose to put the saying "Oh What Fun Jada Is One" on one side and a picture of Jada's face on the other side. I did this using powerpoint. I inserted a small circle shape in a powerpoint slide and typed the saying in the circle in a cute font. Then I inserted a picture of Jada, cropped it very close to her face, and inserted it in the middle of a circle. Copy and paste the number of circles you will need and print it out.

After you cut your circles out glue them on either side of your topper and that's it! You're done. These turned out so cute and I can't wait to see all of them on Jada's cupcakes. I will insert a picture of them on her cupcakes after her party!


  1. What a cute idea!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Oh how adorable, I think cupcakes are easier for the little ones

    1. Thank you! Me too. And they're so much easier to serve

  3. VERY cute Candice!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!


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