Today I’m sharing tips for creating the perfect cake topper with Cricut. I’ll be sharing how to choose the perfect cake topper font. Tips for welding your design in Cricut Design Space and also which supplies create the best cake toppers.
Cake Topper Font
Selecting the right cake topper font might be the most important step when creating a cake topper. When choosing a font, there are a couple of important factors to keep in mind: thickness and whether it’s legible.
The thickness of a font is key. It ensures that your cake topper is sturdy and will stand upright.
Here are a few of my favorite free fonts that are elegant, but thick enough to cut well with the circuit machine and create a strong and sturdy cake topper:
- Quirky Script (which is a Cricut Design Space font)
- October Twilight
Next is choosing a font that is legible, especially if your cake topper includes a phrase or name.
You don’t want your cake topper to be the topic of conversation at a party because people are trying to decipher what it says.
Once you have selected your cake topper font and wording, it’s time to start welding.
Welding creates a single layer of images and letters in Cricut Design Space, allowing the cake topper to be cut in one continuous piece.
To weld an image in Cricut Design space, follow these 4 simple steps:
- Type your wording using the font of your choice, and add any images you would like to include in this layer
- Select the “unattach” tool to un-weld your images and letters. This will allow you to rearrange each independently
- Arrange the images and letters so each are slightly overlapping
- Click the “weld” tool to weld the objects into a single layer
An important step in preparing your design for welding is to be sure your letters and images are touching in a least two places. This increase the integrity and sturdiness of your cake topper.
It’s also important to make sure that all dots above letters, such as “i’s” and apostrophes are, sliced and reattached by welding. An example of this can be found in this cake topper tutorial video.
Cake Topper Supplies
Card Stock Paper
When creating a cake topper, it’s important to use the thickest and sturdiest card stock available.
I always use Michael’s “Recollections” brand glitter card stock for all of my cake toppers.
Hobby lobby has a similar brand called “Paper Studio”, but the weight is slightly lighter. I only use the “Paper Studio” brand for embellishing cake toppers, but not for the cake topper itsself.
Regular non-glitter card stock is not think enough on its own to create a cake topper. Unless the card stock is doubled up, or attached to a thicker material, the cake topper is not going to be strong enough. It will ultimately flop over or break.
Cake Topper Sticks
As for cake topper sticks, I use the wooden, food-grade skewers found at Hobby Lobby in the baking aisle. The Hobby Lobby skewers are shorter and thinner than the standard skewers found at the grocery store. They make the perfect cake topper sticks!
The Hobby Lobby skewers come in a natural wood color, which looks great with most glitter card stock. If I’m selling a cake topper, I always go the extra mile and spray paint the top part of the skewer to match the glitter card stock.
I just use painter’s tape to cover the bottom portion of the stick (which will be placed into the cake) and spray paint the top. I allow the paint to dry before removing the painter’s tape, creating a perfectly clean line around the skewer.
The final step in creating the perfect cake topper is to use hot glue to apply the Hobby Lobby skewer to your Recollections glitter card stock cake topper.
Hot glue dries quicker and adds more stability to the skewer and topper than regular craft glue. Plus, there is no worry of it falling off when on the cake!
Well, good luck creating your cake toppers! Please share your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #sprinkledwithpaper. I would love to see how your cake toppers turn out!