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DIY Cupcake Toppers

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Yesterday my neighbor and I ditched the kids, abandoned our husbands, and ran away to the craft store. We joked around about how when we'd get home (we were gone for 3 hours), we'd turn down our street to find nothing but a big steaming Crater in place of our duplex. We joked, but, I know we were both serious.

One of the things on my messy handwritten list, was "cupcake toppers". I browsed the assortment they had there, but nothing was satisfying enough to pick up and take to the checkout counter. I wondered if I had enough time to order some off of Etsy, but knew that they'd never make it here by August 17th. When I settled upon my not being able to find a decent pre packaged set of toothpick decorations, I finally said "I'll just make my own".

The phrase "I'll just make my own" can go one way or another. It can slide to the back of my to do list, and eventually fall over the edge into the pool of "I forgot", never to be seen or heard of again. Or, I'll actually do it. The pool of "I forgot" is pretty full right now, so I have to admit that when I said "I'll just make my own", I didn't think I actually would.

But, this time I actually did.

What you'll need:
-Lollipop sticks (you can get these in the baking section at the craft store)
-Images for toppers (I found mine by doing a google image search)
-Card stock

I was originally going to use toothpicks, but I wanted my toppers to be taller, rather than resting directly on the frosting.

First, cut out your images.

After all of your images are cut out and set aside, take one of your cutouts, flip it over, place it onto your card stock (I used a light purple color, to match the cupcake sleeves I'll be using for the cupcakes), and trace the outline. Do this once for every cupcake topper that you plan to make. You can use pencil instead of pen, so that you can erase your lines later. But if you're like me, then you really don't care what the backs of the toppers look like, and it doesn't matter, haha.

OK, now, its time to cut your card stock. Don't cut along the line that you just traced. Cut just outside of that line. You don't want your cutout image and your card stock to match up exactly, you'll want a little bit of extra room. After you've cut out all of your card stock backings, flip them over so the pencil side is face down on your work surface (I did it on the floor). Then, line the border of the backs of your image with glue, and set it in place on top of your card stock.

You're almost done. Now, get out your tape and your lollipop sticks. Flip over all of your freshly glued toppers so that the image is face down and the pencil tracings are face up. Set down your lollipop stick where you want it to be, and tape it into place.

And Voila!! Super cute cupcake toppers, that you made all by yourself :)

Miss Eleanore Sue is going to be mighty excited to have Rainbow Dash sitting pretty on all of her delicious gluten free birthday cupcakes, isn't she? I can't wait, hehe.


OH! And! I made a few too many, so, if you'd like to win a set of 6 My Little Pony cupcake toppers, please leave a comment. For an additional entry, you can tweet about this tutorial/giveaway (make sure to let me know you've done so, and leave me a link to your page). I'll pick a winner on Wednesday August 12th.

Edit: Thanks for entering for the spare cupcake toppers. According to the random number generator, entry number 10 won, and has already been contacted. But feel free to keep commenting on the tutorial :)


Anonymous,  August 9, 2009 at 10:08 PM  

That's so cute! You're so crafty!

Zu-Li Designs August 9, 2009 at 10:50 PM  

Aren't those cute! Sounds like they are easy to make too, I like that!

Megan August 9, 2009 at 10:56 PM  

These are darling! Great idea to make your own :) I just passed down my own My Little Pony collection to my daughter!

BeckyKay August 10, 2009 at 8:59 AM  

Look at you! You're such a cool crafty mom! :)

muffintopdesigns August 10, 2009 at 12:53 PM  

you crafty bee-atch! love you and your ponies!!!!

xoxoxo cy

Memories for Life August 10, 2009 at 5:55 PM  

Those are so cute! And even more special because you handmade them :)

Anonymous,  August 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM  

ohhhh, ponies. i so wanted to have a pony party this year, but my little one (who shares the day with me) said no.

i do love it that your eleanore and my daughter are almost exactly the same age - makes me feel like i'm not alone in this!! =D

Noble Beeyotch August 12, 2009 at 12:18 AM  

Off to eat some cupcakes. Thanks for the giveaway!

Noble Beeyotch August 12, 2009 at 12:23 AM  

i tweeted here http://twitter.com/noble_beeyotch/status/3260268227

Desi Style Stalker August 12, 2009 at 1:07 AM  

the little ponies are so adorable! love love love!


Chubby Stubby Kay August 12, 2009 at 10:27 AM  

How did I miss this post? Those Cupcake Toppers are ADORABLE!

You must teach me to be artsy! :)

This Little Bird August 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM  

Those are too cute. We went to Michaels today to see if we could find some toppers, but they are all lame...so we came home. These look totally rad tho... we'll have to give it a go.
thanks for the tutorial Tia :)

The Girl Made From Color August 20, 2009 at 10:29 PM  

You actually don't have to trace them upside down as long as you glue it to the right side. I like your idea, these are great and I can't wait until the next birthday party I do in order to try to remember about these to make them. I wonder if you could get flat stick in order to glue between the pieces of paper? But I guess that is just me!

Tia Colleen August 21, 2009 at 6:33 AM  

The reason for tracing along the back side, is to keep any pencil or pen marks away from the image itself. And I'm sure you could glue a stick inbetween the pieces of paper, thats a great idea. I just chose to do it the quick way with tape, knowing that they'd get tossed in the garbage after the cupcakes were eaten :)

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