DIY: Three Cute and Easy Cake Toppers

DIY: Three Cute and Easy Cake Toppers

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

DIY: Three Cute and Easy Cake Toppers


  • two 10-inch thin wooden dowels or skewers
  • twine
  • printed washi tape ( I recommend alternating between three patterns)
  • scissors

DIY: Three Cute and Easy Cake Toppers


  1. 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.
  2. Tie your twine to a dowel on each end.
  3. Cut varying sized strips from your roll of washi tape, folding each one in half across the twine.
  4. Cut a triangle into the bottom of each strip of tape to make a ribbon edge. 

Three-Star Topper

DIY: Three Cute and Easy Cake Toppers


  • 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

DIY: Three Cute and Easy Cake Toppers


  1. 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.
  2. Hot glue the back of your stars to the three dowels.

Ribbon Flag Topper

DIY: Three Cute and Easy Cake Toppers


  • two 8-inch thin wooden dowels or skewers
  • three 6-inch thin wooden dowels or skewers
  • ribbon
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • fabric dye (optional)

DIY: Three Cute and Easy Cake Toppers


  1. Cut several lengths of ribbon of the same size. Cut a triangle ribbon-edge into the ends of each one.
  2. Fold each piece of ribbon in half around the top of a dowel, creating a little flag, securing with hot glue.
  3. 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!

xo Ilana

Team LC

P.S. The cakes were set atop this pretty pedestal from BHLDN.

Photos: Ilana Saul for
Categories: Celebrate, Contributors, Craft, Dine, DIY, Ilana Saul, Party Planning, Wedding
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  • Valeria Alvarez

    Love these are so simple to do and change a cake looks completely!! great for any party!


  • Librarian Lavender

    So festive and those cake toppers are looking like a lot of fun to make! Simple with great results!

  • Marie
  • Grace Denny

    Lahhhve these! They’re so quirky!

    XO, G from grace’d

  • Cristina Gomez

    Great ideas! Fun and easy to make : )

  • Grace

    The washi tape idea is so easy and customizable! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Lena Barclay

    Oooh I love the washi tape idea! I keep seeing washi tape DIYs but then whenever I go to target and see some, i always forget what I wanted to make with it! Will be pinning this for future reference :)

  • Kinsey Machos

    Oh man, I love all of these! I have two kiddos, which means LOTS of birthday parties. We are always trying to find fun and unique ideas for cakes!

  • Annie

    These bunting cake toppers are adorable!

    Annie @

  • Shopping My Closet

    Love the bunting!

    Liz @

  • Anna

    So easy and cute! Love the idea!

  • Caroline Bogush

    I would like to know how to make that cake!

  • Ashley

    These cake toppers are just too cute!!!

    Xo Ash
    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • Siham Hamdan

    THE WASHI TAPE ONE OMG I’m soooo gonna do this for my mom’s bday, thank you so much for the idea :D!!!

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  • Ashley

    Wow, these are all so adorable!! I especially love the tape one!! 😀

    Thanks for sharing!

  • The Single Diaries

    So cute and easy! We’ve got a birthday celebration coming up and I think you’ve just provided the perfect personal touch for our desert!

    Jen Hacker | The Single Diaries

  • Sarah

    Cute! Love the bunting. We did a similar thing in Creativity magazine. Great way for novice bakers to make ‘wow’ cakes!

    I made some cake pops the other day. What do you think?! I’m now hooked!


  • Laurel Loves

    So cool! Love the little stars :) Thanks for the tips

  • Ebba

    This is perfect! My birthday is comming up and I want to do toppers on my cake!

  • Amber Naomi

    This is so cute! I like the first one the most.

    xx Amber

  • Libby {timetravelersjournal}

    These are great! I love the sparkly stars!

  • Charlotte Copeland
  • Nicole Smith

    These are so cute!

  • Rachel Bell

    These are so cute! I love the idea of making the cake look like it is a gift.

  • Deek Labelle

    I loved this idea! Took me minutes to make the topper. I urge anyone to try it!



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