There’s no easier way to dress up a cupcake than by adding a cupcake topper. Cupcake toppers can be made using a verity of materials, but my favorite has always been paper.
Cricut Design Space has made creating cupcake toppers so easy! We can create a design from scratch, use an image in design space, upload an SVG file purchased from Etsy and we can even print and cut digital designs. The possibilities are endless!
Today, I’m going to share a few tips on how to create your own cupcake topper design by mixing a Design Space image and your own uploaded fonts.
Cupcake Topper Fonts
For today’s project, I’m going to be using the font “Black Rose”. “Black Rose” can be downloaded from Dafont.com for free using this this link. When choosing a font for a cupcake topper, I recommend using a thicker font, as you’ll find it much easier to cut on your Cricut machine and assemble your topper. Thinner fonts can become too flimsy and will either bend or break when building your cupcake topper.
Another tip when working with a font for cupcake toppers is to make sure all letters in your design are touching and slightly overlapping. In Cricut Design Space, this is known as welding. Welding letters allows your cupcake topper to cut as a single image. A tutorial on how I attach and weld letters in Cricut Design Space can be found here.
Glitter Card Stock: I use the Recollections brand glitter paper from Michaels for all of my cupcake and cake toppers. The card stock is nice and sturdy, the glitter doesn’t shed, and overall it cuts well with the Cricut.
Toothpicks: I use extra long food grade tooth picks for the majority of my cupcake toppers. If I’m creating cupcake toppers for children under 3, I go with lollipop sticks from my local craft store instead.
Hot glue gun: Hot glue dries quicker and adds more stability to the toothpick and topper than regular craft glue. This means you won’t have to worry about it falling off when it’s on the cake!
Cupcake Topper Sizing
When it comes to the sizing of a cupcake topper, I focus mostly on the width. For a standard cupcake, I set the width between 2.5 and 2.75 inches. For mini cupcakes, I set the width between 1.5 and 2 inches.
Step-by-Step Design and Assembly
In the video below, you will find a step-by-step guide on how to create the Happy Fall design. If you prefer written steps, I’ve included those below as well.
- 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.
- Adjust cupcake topper size and click “make it”.
- Cut cupcake topper design using Cricut machine.
- Weed out negative space of cupcake toppers.
- Attach extra long tooth picks or lollipop sticks with hot glue.
- Last step, insert your amazing cupcake toppers on your cupcakes, and impress all your party guests!