If there’s anything that makes a delicious cake look even tastier, it’s an adorable DIY cake topper. My hubby and I crafted a cake topper for our own wedding cake two years ago (you can see it here), and it was such a fun personal touch to add to our big day. And the best part was, it was surprisingly easy to make! Ever since then, the crafter in me has been itching to try out some other cake topper designs. So today I decided to share three cute cake topper ideas I had.
Whether they’re for a wedding or birthday, they make such a sweet handmade gift for yourself or a friend. So, feel free to recreate the ideas below, or use them as a jumping off point for your own unique cake décor… Happy crafting everyone!
Washi Tape Topper
- two 10-inch thin wooden dowels or skewers
- printed washi tape ( I recommend alternating between three patterns)
- Cut a length of twine to fit between your two dowels. For an 8-inch diameter cake (or top layer if the cake is tiered), I recommend 9 inches of twine (plus a couple extra inches to tie it) so that it has some slack in the middle.
- Tie your twine to a dowel on each end.
- Cut varying sized strips from your roll of washi tape, folding each one in half across the twine.
- Cut a triangle into the bottom of each strip of tape to make a ribbon edge.
- one 10-inch thin wooden dowel or skewer
- one 8-inch thin wooden dowel or skewer
- one 6-inch thin wooden dowel or skewer
- balsa wood stars
- gold metallic paint
- hot glue gun
- Paint your stars with the metallic paint. I used a coat of solid gold paint and topped it off with a coat of glitter paint to make things extra sparkly. You can also experiment with glue and loose glitter. Allow to dry completely.
- Hot glue the back of your stars to the three dowels.
Ribbon Flag Topper
- two 8-inch thin wooden dowels or skewers
- three 6-inch thin wooden dowels or skewers
- hot glue gun
- fabric dye (optional)
- Cut several lengths of ribbon of the same size. Cut a triangle ribbon-edge into the ends of each one.
- Fold each piece of ribbon in half around the top of a dowel, creating a little flag, securing with hot glue.
- I wanted my simple cream ribbon to have an ombre effect, so I finished off by dip dying each flag in fabric dye.
Note: You can find the thin wooden dowels or skewers I used for all three at most craft or grocery stores, and then just cut them down to whatever sizes you need.
Which one of these cake toppers is your favorite?
Also, what DIY would you like to see from me next?
Let me know in the comments!
P.S. The cakes were set atop this pretty pedestal from BHLDN.