Make your own Cupcake Toppers

Believe it or not, making your own cupcake toppers is easier than you think.

With just a few scrapbooking supplies and a handful of toothpicks, you are well on your way.

Your toppers can be as elaborate or as simple as you want. You can start with a simple paper background and add layer after layer of ribbons, stickers, die-cuts, etc. However, sometimes it's the simplest ideas that are the most stunning. Check out the ideas below to discover a variety of simple ideas to help inspire your topper creativity!

Cupcake Topper Tutorials

Paper Punch Cupcake Toppers

Fun Pinwheel Cupcake Toppers

Silk Flower Topper

Paper Punch Toppers

Pinwheel Toppers

Silk Flower Topper

Flag Cupcake Toppers

Pom Pom Cupcake Toppers

Felt Cupcake Toppers

Flag Toppers

Pom-Pom Toppers

Felt Toppers

Rosette Cupcake Topper

Rosette Toppers

Paper-Punch Cupcake Toppers

Materials needed:
  • Toothpicks
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scrapbook stickers

Supplies needed:

  • 1-1/2” or 2” round craft punch
  • Tape
  • Glue stick


Step 1: With the craft punch, punch out circles from the scrap paper. If you are layering your circles, cut your rounds from different colors to add interest.

Step 2: Use the glue stick to attach the circles together. Next, apply a sticker in the middle of your topper.

Step 3: Tape a toothpick to the back so you can insert it easily into the cupcake.

Paper-Punch Topper Craft Tools:

Circle Paper Punch Scallop Paper Punch

2" Jumbo
Circle Paper Punch

2" X-Large Scallop
Circle Nesting Punch

Cupcake Topper Tips:

You can vary the look of your picks by changing the paper punch. The scalloped punch creates a fun and attractive design. Using different size punches creates different looks according to your theme. Also, using a cardstock type of scrapbook paper works the best and allows the pick to hold up a bit better. For the stickers, you can use any variety but the layered 3-D type stickers give a great effect!

Fun Pinwheel Cupcake Topper

Materials needed:
  • Scrapbook paper in solid or pattern
  • Small or mini scrap book brads (paper fasteners)
  • Small lollipop sticks

Supplies needed:

  • Pencil and Ruler
  • Scissors
  • 1/8" hole punch
  • Low-temp Glue Gun


Step 1: Cut out a 2-1/4” x 2-1/4” square from the scrap book paper.

Step 2: With a ruler, draw a line diagonally from the top left corner of your square to the bottom, right. Then draw a second line from the top right corner of your square to the bottom left.

Step 3: With your scissors, cut along the lines you drew but stop 1/4" from the center.

Step 4: You now have four triangles. Punch a hole with the 1/8" hole punch in the right bottom corner of each triangle. Punch a final hold in the center of the paper (where the "X" you drew, meets).

Step 5: Take that right bottom corner of each triangle and fold it over to the center. Insert the scrapbook brad through all the holes you punched and through the center of the folded over square. Open the brad on the back to secure all pieces in place.

Step 6: Using the glue gun, put a small drop of glue on the back of the pinwheel and attach to the lollipop stick.

Pinwheel Topper Craft Products:

Scrapbook Brads  Lollipop Sticks

Mini Brads Primary Colors

Wilton Lollipop Sticks

Easy Silk Flower Topper

Materials needed:
  • Silk Flowers
    (we used a daisy, but any open medium sized flower will work)
  • Small lollipop sticks

Supplies needed:

  • Low-temp Glue Gun or glue dots
  • Scissors (optional)


Step 1: Remove a silk bloom from the stem.

Step 2: Place a small dab of hot glue or glue dot on the back of the flower. Attach the lollipop stick.

Step 3: Trim the lollipop stick to adjust the height of the decoration on your cupcake.

Scrapbooking Resources for Cupcake Picks

Die-Cut Picks

If you have access to a die-cutting machine like Cricut or Sizzix you have an endless supply of shapes you can employ for toppers. The instructions for making die-cut cupcake toppers is exactly the same as the paper punch variety, you just trade out the punch for the die-cut. That's it!

General Scrapbooking Ideas

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Additional Cupcake Topper How-tos

Learn more about how to make your own cupcake toppers:

Flag Cupcake Toppers 
You can make these super simple flag cupcake toppers one of two ways, with strips of paper or colorful ribbon. It’s a great way to use up scrap ribbon …

Pom Pom Cupcake Topper 
These adorable pom pom cupcake toppers look complicated, but Xiaolu from 6 Bittersweets breaks it all down step by step. First, you start with tissue …

Felt Cupcake Toppers 

Materials/Supplies: White felt

Pink blush or chalk

Dark Brown or Black Beads

Black sewing thread

White sewing thread …

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