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Cupcake Topper Tutorial
If you know me, then you know that I like cupcakes. Okay, that is an understatement. I LOVE me some cupcakes. But I noticed that local stores are seriously under stocked when it comes to cute cupcake attire. Sure, your local craft store probably has a small selection. You might have your choice between Dora the Explorer and Tranformers (or whatever boys are into these days). You could go to one of the three bakery supply stores in town and you would find a better selection, but you probably won't find the kitchy-cute-fun cupcake toppers that you are yearning for. What to do? Well, Peptogirl says "Make your own!"

Posted by amyistheparty from Sacramento, California, United States • Published See amyistheparty's 41 projects »
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  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 1
    Step 1

    There are a variety of paper punches out there so choose one accordingly. The size should probably be right around an inch and a half or smaller. Martha Stewart has a great selection and hers are just the right size. Marvy punches are also pretty great, just make sure to get the small size (they make some pretty big punches that are great for card making but a little large for cupcake toppers). If you don't want to spring for a paper punch, you can also get some die cut shapes in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store. They usually come in a small tube in a variety of colors and shapes.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 2
    Step 2

    Here's what the punches look like on the bottom, so you can see how they work.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 3
    Step 3

    You just slip the paper in (like a stapler)...

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 4
    Step 4

    and press down like so.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now that you've got all your shapes punched, get out your favorite stamps and stamp pads.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 6
    Step 6

    Start stamping!

    The above mushroom stamp was designed by Missy Ballance. Missy also designed the monster stamp, for Amuse and I think it's for sale on the Amuse site though I couldn't find it. They also have it at the Paper Garden.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 7
    Step 7

    Politely ask your cat to remove his tail from your ink.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 8
    Step 8

    Watch said cat make frowny face.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 9
    Step 9

    (optional): If you have punches in 2 different sizes, you can layer your shapes. Stamp on the smaller shape, then stick a piece of double-sided mounting tape to the back.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 10
    Step 10

    Peel the paper off the other side and carefully center it onto the second shape.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 11
    Step 11

    Get out your favorite white or scrapbooking glue. Although technically the glue shouldn't be touching your food, you still may want to choose from the non-toxic variety. I choose to use Scotch scrapbookers glue with a sponge tip.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 12
    Step 12

    Apply glue to the top portion of your stick. You can use toothpicks, wooden picks (pictured), popsicle sticks, or mini popsicle sticks. They carry these at your local craft store and mega-mart (a.k.a. Walmart).

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 13
    Step 13

    Almost done! Flip your stamped image over and press your stick onto the back. Make sure the stick is centered and the image is facing the right way before you allow them to dry. Let them dry for a few hours or overnight.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 14
    Step 14

    Stand back and admire your work.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 15
    Step 15

    Whip up some cupcakes and insert stick. Want to know a secret? I cheated, these cupcakes are store bought. I like to make my own but I thought it was silly to make cupcakes just for a tutorial. It's also silly to buy cupcakes just for a tutorial. Don't worry, I'm sure they will not go to waste.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 16
    Step 16

    Do not allow your cat to sniff said cupcakes while you are busy trying to photograph them.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 17
    Step 17

    And especially, do not let said cat lick said cupcakes. If it happens anyway, give that cupcake to someone you don't like.

  • How to make a cake topper. Cupcake Topper - Step 18
    Step 18

    Enjoy!

    * Note: If you are making the cupcakes for someone special you can give the toppers a theme. You might print photos and words out on your computer then cut or punch out to make custom toppers. One year I made cupcakes for a co-worker with photos of her dog, Bungee.

    Whatever image you decide to use, your friends, family, co-workers, (insert audience here) will think you are a crafty goddess and culinary genius. If they only knew how easy it was...Shhh...I won't tell.

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Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
I love this idea! I never would have thought of making my own. I saw some martha stewart halloween cupcake toppers but I believe they would be pretty expensive... although they were quite cute!! This is even cuter of an idea as I have one more use for my punches, not that they don't get enough use as it is.. just always fun to find a new use for something that you never would have thought of before! Happy Thanks for the great idea! Happy
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Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
I love this idea! I never would have thought of making my own. I saw some martha stewart halloween cupcake toppers but I believe they would be pretty expensive... although they were quite cute!! This is even cuter of an idea as I have one more use for my punches, not that they don't get enough use as it is.. just always fun to find a new use for something that you never would have thought of before! Happy Thanks for the great idea! Happy
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Ria S.
Ria S. · Hinckley, England, GB · 10 projects
I love this idea, and your cat is sooo pretty. Your tute was very entertaining to read too - made me giggle at the thought of you smiling politely and offering a cupcake to your meanest old Auntie knowing kitty had a taste first LOL!
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Cherry Kitten Bomb
Cherry Kitten Bomb · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 19 projects
I'm so doing this the next time I make cupcakes for a special event. Also... LOVE that your cat was involved. The kitty frowny face made me laugh. 3:
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FrolleinKram
FrolleinKram · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 132 projects
Awwww, beautifull cat!!!
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Faith McKay
Faith McKay · Portland, Oregon, US · 1 project
What a fun idea!
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cupcake couture
cupcake couture · 1 project
these are so cuuuteeee definately gunna try it lol, i love cupcakes too!!<3
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JuliaFuentes
JuliaFuentes · Hermosillo, Sonora, MX · 2 projects
oww sooo cutee
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Lady Lolita
Lady Lolita · Taft, California, US
Awesome! Sweet cat too!
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CRYSTAL HY
CRYSTAL HY · 2 projects
This is cute(= I'm going to try this the next time I bake cupcakes for a friend's birthday.
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