Tuesday, February 7, 2012

DIY Cupcake Toppers (Craft Tutorial)

I promised I'd show you how I made those cute cupcake toppers from Michaela Byrd's recent Hello Kitty themed birthday party. I actually had planned to buy some, but the toppers at the local party store didn't match the color scheme I had going on, so I whipped these guys up in about thirty minutes:

Here's what you need to make your own:

A sheet of "printables" to match your party theme
Colored or patterned paper. Two sheets of 12 x 12 was plenty for around 20 toppers.
Glue/Glue Stick/Tape
Something round to trace (or a craft punch)
Marker or Sharpie

1. Design and print your own cupcake topper printable to coordinate with your party theme.
-You can use MS Word or MS Publisher. I prefer Publisher because I think it's easier to manipulate images. (This was as easy as grabbing an image from Google, and resizing/cropping and adding a circle around it in Publisher. Then you just replicate the shape until you have a page full!)

2. Trace a bunch of circles on your colored or patterned paper or use a craft punch. (I have a beautiful scalloped circle punch, but realized too late it was too small for the prints I made)

3. Cut out your circles and your topper prints.

4. Glue your print down in the center of one of your colored paper circles.

5. (Optional) Add decorative dots or pattern around the edge of the circle for interest.

6. Tape a toothpick to the back of a blank colored circle.

7. Make a "sandwich" with the Hello Kitty circle and the blank circle by keeping the toothpick on the inside when you glue them together.

Your completed cupcake topper will look like this:

They pucker up a little bit because of the glue, but it was very easy to straighten them out. I made a little assembly line, and before I knew it, I had enough toppers for Michaela Byrd's cupcakes!

Cost: $0.00

These are so easy to do...not as easy as purchasing some, but I love that you can craft them to fit your party's theme or color scheme!

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  1. Amanda those are too cute! I bet all the girls at the party loved them! I made some One Fish, Two Fish toppers for Grant's birthday last year and the kiddos in his class thought they were the coolest thing ever! Some of them tried to save them to take home:)

  2. These are so cute! It's amazing that Hello Kitty is still so popular! I would have loved this theme party when I was younger.

  3. These are so cute!! And even more fabulous that you were able to DIY for FREE!! Woot!
    My 3yo's bday is coming up and I might need to give this a try!

  4. Those look so great Amanda! They look store bought & I looove that they were free! What a perfect touch to the cupcakes. :-)

  5. Very cute! I love projects like this - totally doable and make it just a little more special.

  6. They turned out soooo cute!

    I love making cupcake toppers with my cricut!

    They just add such a perfect touch to party cupcakes!

  7. These are absolutely, positively adorable. I love the way the coordinate not only with the theme but also with the colors you wanted to use. And I'll bet Michaela Byrd was REALLY happy with them!

  8. These are so cute! I really wish I had publisher on my home computer. I'll bet that the girls at the party loved these!

  9. These are really cute, Amanda. Sadly, I don't have MS publisher on my machine, but you've inspired me, anyway. I think I'm going to do this for an upcoming shower.

  10. Oh how my girls would love these! And me too. :o)

  11. These are really cute! While I don't have kids, the idea could definitely be handy for our cake pops at our weddign!

    PS. I found you from Home Stories A to Z Tutorials and Tips link up. :)

  12. Wow! It is really easy to do. My sons really likes Mickey mouse and I’m going to make a topper like this.


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