How to Make Easy Personalized Cupcake Toppers

Updated on November 28, 2018
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If you've been eying printable cupcake toppers on Pinterest for months but aren't sure that you can make the leap and do it yourself, think again. Cupcake toppers are easy to make, are inexpensive, and add a personalized touch to any birthday or other special occasion. This article gives you all of the steps you need to make your own cupcake toppers. I have included lots of other resources for cupcake toppers as well including material options, occasions to use cupcake toppers, and ideas for party favor toppers.

Are you looking for more options?

You can use cupcake toppers for many other foods besides cupcakes! Consider regular cake slices, brownies, bar cookies, sliced fruit, and more.

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Materials:

  • Toothpicks
  • 1-2 pieces of 8.5x11 white cardstock
  • 1-2 pieces of 12x12 scrapbook paper
  • 3M Scrapbook Glue or other wrinkle-free, paper glue
  • 2 circle hole punches in different sizes (I used 1" and 2")

 
Material Options
 
card stock
scrapbook paper
wrapping paper
photos
recycled paper (i.e. old greeting cards)
fabric
fondant
sugar flowers
lollipops
chocolate
stickers
scrapbook embellishments
plastic
wood
washi tape
buttons
googly eyes
chalkboard paint or adhesive

Other Material Options

I chose to make my cupcake toppers for this tutorial with paper, but don't feel limited to that. There are lots of other material options out there, including edible materials. If you don't want to make cupcake toppers that you'll have to discard later, make them edible.

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I chose to personalize this particular set of cupcake toppers with the number 27 for a birthday. Whether you are hand lettering or printing your cupcake topper words and/or numbers, make sure that they are sized for your smaller punch. After you've written or printed your words/numbers on the card stock, cut them out with your smaller circle punch. Then use your larger punch to cut out the same number of circles from the scrapbook paper.

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Use the scrapbook glue to attach the smaller circles to the larger circles. Allow them to dry completely.

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Use the scrapbook glue to attach one toothpick to each circle. You can use a different glue, such as tacky glue, that is more sturdy. However, as most cupcake toppers will be single use, the scrapbook glue will hold just fine. Allow them to dry completely.

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Your cupcake toppers are now ready to go! Simply stick one in the top of each cupcake.

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More Cupcake Topper Ideas

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Do you enjoy using washi tape?  It's a great material for cupcake toppers.There are endless embellishment options for cupcake toppers.Kendall created cupcake toppers for The Bachelorette.Another take with washi tape.Club Penguin toppers in progress.Fondant cupcake topper.You can make theme cupcake toppers for any occasion.Cupcakes can be a great component for a larger dessert display.Do you have a dessert business?  Customize your cupcake toppers to advertise your services.Wood is a great material for cupcake toppers.
Do you enjoy using washi tape?  It's a great material for cupcake toppers.
Do you enjoy using washi tape? It's a great material for cupcake toppers. | Source
There are endless embellishment options for cupcake toppers.
There are endless embellishment options for cupcake toppers. | Source
Kendall created cupcake toppers for The Bachelorette.
Kendall created cupcake toppers for The Bachelorette. | Source
Another take with washi tape.
Another take with washi tape. | Source
Club Penguin toppers in progress.
Club Penguin toppers in progress. | Source
Fondant cupcake topper.
Fondant cupcake topper. | Source
You can make theme cupcake toppers for any occasion.
You can make theme cupcake toppers for any occasion. | Source
Cupcakes can be a great component for a larger dessert display.
Cupcakes can be a great component for a larger dessert display. | Source
Do you have a dessert business?  Customize your cupcake toppers to advertise your services.
Do you have a dessert business? Customize your cupcake toppers to advertise your services. | Source
Wood is a great material for cupcake toppers.
Wood is a great material for cupcake toppers. | Source
 
Occasions to Use Cupcake Toppers
 
Birthdays
Valentine's Day
Halloween
Weddings
Bridal and Baby Showers
Christmas
Easter
St. Patrick's Day
Super Bowl Parties

Cupcake Toppers as Party Favors

Have you ever gotten a cupcake topper that was also a party favor? They can be a lot of fun. Consider the following options:

  • Origami animals and objects
  • Small toys
  • Pinwheels
  • Paper flowers
  • Pretend mustaches (they make a fun photo prop)

Create monogrammed cupcakes.

Use your Silhouette Cameo to make cupcake toppers.

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      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much, Samita!

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        Samita Sharma 

        5 years ago from Chandigarh

        I love this idea! So cute, and easy.

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        I'm sure that you're not the only one who has that sentiment about cupcakes, Angelo. You're right that this is a great idea for themed parties.

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        Angelo52 

        5 years ago from Central Florida

        I'd rather eat the cupcakes than make cupcake toppers but your article had great ideas for folks that do want to make their own toppers. Seems especially useful for themed parties. Thumbs up and shared.

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, missolive! I agree that the customization options add so much to this idea.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        5 years ago from Texas

        What a cute idea and the fact that this can be customized makes it a very appealing project for any event. Thanks for the ideas and tips, your photos are always so useful too. Voted up, pinned and shared.

        FYI: Now I REALLY want a cupcake!

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much, Vicki and Audrey!

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        Audrey Howitt 

        5 years ago from California

        I agree--great idea!!

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        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Great idea! And your photos are gorgeous!

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, Prasetio!

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        prasetio30 

        6 years ago from malang-indonesia

        Very inspiring hub. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, Audrey!

        Sinea, you're right about cupcakes. They are so popular these days. Toppers do add a special touch to them.

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        Sinea Pies 

        6 years ago from Northeastern United States

        Cupcakes have become so popular. We have local bakeries that exclusively make cupcakes...elegant cupcakes! I love toppers for cupcakes at birthday parties. Toppers make them so special!

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        Audrey Howitt 

        6 years ago from California

        Wow congrats on your HOTD!!!!!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much, J.S. Matthew!

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        JS Matthew 

        6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

        This is really cool! Congratulations on the Hub of the Day! Voted up and shared.

        JSMatthew~

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much!

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        Very original ideas presented in a very attractive Hub!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much, ComfortB!

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        Comfort Babatola 

        6 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

        This is a great hub! I couldn't resist when I saw the images of your cupcakes decorations. I love this. You did a wonderful job putting all this together.

        Voted up and useful, and congrats on the HOTD award. Very well deserved!

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much for all of the congrats today, everyone!

        Heather, it isn't hard at all. It's a little time consuming, but not difficult.

        Rabia, Kelley, and Ddraigcoch, that's great that you'll be able to use this idea for upcoming birthdays.

        pstraubie48, this is perfect for your daughter.

        Carol, yes, you can definitely use this idea for a regular cake!

        Donna, this would be great for a fundraiser.

        Cyndi, there are SO many cupcake toppers out there. It's pretty crazy. Scrapbook glue isn't foolproof, but it's the best thing I've found for paper thus far.

        Violet, happy birthday! I'd send you a 27 cupcake if I could. :)

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        Gail Sobotkin 

        6 years ago from South Carolina

        Congratulations on earning HOTD for this great hub. Love the many photos you included and the simple step by step directions which will enable any reader to make their own creations.

        Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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        Jessica Ellen Holbrook 

        6 years ago from Newark, DE, USA

        So great! The pic caught my eye because today is my 27th birthday! love these toppers!

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        Stephanie Henkel 

        6 years ago from USA

        Congratulations on your well-deserved HOTD! Cute ideas for party cupcakes - pinned and voted up!

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        RTalloni 

        6 years ago from the short journey

        Super tutorial that includes cute, cute ideas. You've got me thinking again… :)

        Congrats on a Hub of the Day award for a post that will be valuable throughout the seasons/events throughout the year!

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        Prasanna Marlin 

        6 years ago from Sri lanka

        mmm, Very informative. I will try this soon. great work

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        Terrye Toombs 

        6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

        Congrats on the HOTD! Well deserved! :)

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        6 years ago from Western NC

        Rose - awesome, awesome hub! I enjoyed all the pictures and the entire hub is chock-full of information. My favorite part is figuring out that there's such a think as "scrapbook" glue that lets you glue paper wrinkle-free. I had no idea such a thing existed! That's so awesome to know. You also provided great images from Flickr. Who knew that there are so many cake toppers on there. LOL.

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        Donna Hilbrandt 

        6 years ago from Upstate New York

        Congratulations on another Hub of the Day! I am always thinking fundraising, and I think these would be great at a bake sale display to attract buyers. Great ideas. Voted up and shared.

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        carol stanley 

        6 years ago from Arizona

        Never thought of cupcake toppers..could do on a regular cake also. Very creative and interesting. Thanks for sharing all the different ways you can top the cake ...Vote UP.

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        Stephanie Bradberry 

        6 years ago from New Jersey

        This is a really informative hub. The different designs give some good ideas for adding your own flair or keeping as presented. I think I might try my hand at this for my kids's coming birthday. Thanks for sharing these ideas and tips.

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        Nira Perkins 

        6 years ago

        Cool hub and congrats on Hub of the Day! You always have such neat little craft ideas and I love them. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.

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        Emma 

        6 years ago from UK

        My son's birthday on Monday and my daughter's a week on Monday, these will be just great to make, I have plenty of card stock and stamps in because of my card making.

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        vespawoolf 

        6 years ago from Peru, South America

        Randomcreative, congratulations on a well-deserved Hub of the Day! This hub will be useful for lots of people. : ) Voted up and shared.

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        Patricia Scott 

        6 years ago from sunny Florida

        randomcreative...Congratulations on hub of the day. This is a clever collection of toppers for a number of occasions. My daughter is always looking for something new and different for parties. I am sharing this and pinning it as well.

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        kelleyward 

        6 years ago

        Congrats on HOTD! I'm use these for my son's upcoming birthday party. This will be so much fun. Thanks for the sharing! Voted up! Kelley

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        KDuBarry03 

        6 years ago

        Congrats on HOTD! Absolutely love the color patterns and the idea :)

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        rabia kamran 

        6 years ago from pakistan

        love Ur idea of toppers, will definitely try it for my son's birthday.

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        Heather Rode 

        6 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        These came out absolutely perfect. I'm determined to try this now since you make it look so easy. Love the colors and patterns you used too. Great job!

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, Cassy! I'm sure that your kids will enjoy that.

        Thanks, myownlife! It's great when tutorials can provide that insight.

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        myownlife 

        6 years ago from london

        Wow simply the best technique, when we think about making anything, it seems very hard but when we have ideas from others like this, everything is easy. Great job.

        Useful

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        CassyLu1981 

        6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

        What a simple idea! We will have to do these for the kids' birthdays coming up :) Thanks! Voted up and shared :)

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much, Terrye!

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        Terrye Toombs 

        6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

        what fun and creative ideas for cupcake toppers, miss creative! :) Loved it! VUMS!

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much, Simone! You're right that these toppers are much easier and less expensive to make than fondant and other edible decorations.

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        Simone Haruko Smith 

        6 years ago from San Francisco

        I love this Hub! Your toppers look so cute, and the how-to is super helpful. Toppers like these are so much easier to make (not to mention less expensive) than edible decorations like fondant. Such a good idea.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, Om! You'll have to give this a try for your next batch of cupcakes.

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        Om Paramapoonya 

        6 years ago

        CUTE!!! I bake cupcakes pretty often but have never made my own toppers. Thanks for the helpful instructions and inspiring ideas :)

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, Alissa! I hope that you get a working printer again soon! I love your cupcake designs.

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        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Love the cupcake toppers! I really wish I had a printer that worked so I could make cute designs on the computer again. After reading this, I am now craving cupcakes :) Great hub - voted up!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, Emma! They will be perfect for your son's next birthday party.

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        Emma Kisby 

        6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

        This is a cute idea. I love making cupcakes but never think to do toppers or make them into party favors.

        I will give this a go when my son has his next Birthday party :)

        Voting up!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, Mhatter!

        Robert, I'm not a big cupcake maker either, but I will definitely be doing this again with future cupcake baking. They are a great addition to store bought cupcakes, too. Thanks!

        vespawoolf, thanks! I got just as many compliments on the cupcakes as I did on the toppers so clearly you wouldn't be alone there. :)

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        vespawoolf 

        6 years ago from Peru, South America

        Your creativity has no limits! This is very clever and, of course, the cupcake is my favorite part. Voted up!

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        Robert Erich 

        6 years ago from California

        An awesome idea. I have not been much of a cupcake maker in the past, but if I pick it up I will certainly have to consider making my own tops as well. Go big or go home! Great article.

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        Martin Kloess 

        6 years ago from San Francisco

        Thank you for sharing this clever idea.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, lady rain! Cupcake toppers are easy and do add a sophisticated touch. They're perfect for kids' parties.

        Thelma, you will have to give this a try! Let me know how it goes.

        Leah, that's great! Superhero cupcake toppers will be a lot of fun.

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        Leah Lefler 

        6 years ago from Western New York

        This is very timely, Rose! We're planning a superhero birthday party for my soon-to-be five year old and I could make some Batman, Superman, and Spiderman toppers!

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        Thelma Alberts 

        6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

        Very informative one. I would try to make this cupcake toppers for my next cupcakes. Voted up and shared.

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        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        Very clever ideas for making cupcakes look sophisticated. I can't wait to make some of these toppers for kids' parties. Voted up and more..

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