DIY Cake Toppers with Custom Names and Sentiments Cut on a Cricut ] Free SVG Cut File #cricut #cakedecorating #birthday

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Learn how to make your own DIY cake topper for birthday, weddings, and holidays that are both easy and elegant! Use one of my free topper designs, or make your own with a custom name or phrase to decorate your cake.

My family loves cake. I used to love to bake and decorate cakes, but those days are long behind me at this point. So when I’m responsible for the cake, that means I’m buying one. Sadly, storebought ones are kinda boring, especially when you get the generic ones from the deli case the hour before the party. LOL Sure, you can buy some decorations, but those are generic, too. But what DOES make any cake look magnificent is a CUSTOM CAKE TOPPER! So for Day 9 of The Great Maker 25-Day Gift-Away Challenge, I am showing you how to make DIY cake toppers with custom names and phrases! 

What is The Great Maker 25-Day Gift-Away? This is an annual tradition here at JenniferMaker! Every day for the first 25 days of December, we gift you with a brand new project, design, tutorial, and video for something YOU asked us to make. On top of that, we host a giveaway with 25 prizes, everything from Cricut cutting machines (four of them this year!) to project prize packs with all the materials for popular JenniferMaker projects to beautiful print editions of our popular Cricut Coach Playbook. You can even earn bonus entries for making the daily projects! Click here to learn more about The Great Maker 25-Day Gift-Away!

See exactly how to make DIY cake toppers in my tutorial video (or keep scrolling if you prefer a step-by-step photo tutorial):

DIY Cake Toppers with Custom Names and Sentiments Cut on a Cricut ] Free SVG Cut File #cricut #cakedecorating #birthday

Now you probably have everything you need already to make a cake topper — just a few sheets of cardstock, some bamboo skewers, and some glue. That’s it. So easy.

You’ll want a way to cut your cake topper — you can use scissors or a craft knife, but I’m using my Cricut cutting machine because it’s way faster and I love using technology to make my life easier.

I’ve even made some cake topper designs for you to use (“Make a Wish,” “Celebrate,” and “Best Day Ever”), along with a template so you can make a cake topper with whatever name or saying you want

A chocolate cake with a white "Celebrate" DIY cake topppere

In this tutorial, I will show you how to use my template to create a custom cake topper (or just use a design I already made for you!) and then how to assemble your DIY cake topper so it stays on your cake! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Materials to Make DIY Cake Toppers

How to Make DIY Cake Toppers with a Pre-Made Design or a Custom Name or Phrase!

Step 1: Get my free DIY Cake Topper Template

Get the free cake topper designs and templates (Design #175) from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).

Step 2: Prepare Your Cake Topper for Cutting

While you can cut this cake topper by hand with a craft knife, you’ll find it much easier to cut this project on a cutting machine, like a Cricut. To do that, you’ll first upload the SVG design file you downloaded in step 1 to Cricut Design Space. Here’s what my SVG file looks like uploaded to Cricut Design Space:

DIY cake topper SVG cut files uploaded to Cricut Design Space

Tip: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.

The cake topper design is sized to fit on an 8 inch cake or larger. If you need to resize the image to fit a different size cake, do so before you ungroup the designs.

If you’re curious what font I used for my pre-made cake topper designs, I used Breaking Bread and Blackfat Script, both of which are ideal for joining and welding!

Step 3: Cut Out Your Cardstock

Cut out your cardstock layers. Every layer can be the same color, or choose a different contrasting color for your phrase or name to help it stand out!

I recommend you cut two of the wreath layers and one of the sentiment layer in the desired cardstock or glitter paper. If cutting the sentiment only to use as a topper cut two layers of the sentiment. The double layers add stability to the cake topper.

Step 4: Attach Your Cake Topper Layers

Using spray adhesive or glue, attach the layers together. I recommend you attach the two wreath layers, then attach the name or sentiment to the front.

Step 5: Add Bamboo Skewers

You have two options for attaching the skewers, which are necessary for the cake topper to stand atop your cake. You can either glue the skewers to the back of the design, or you can glue the optional ring to the back and slide your skewers through the holes in the rings. Gluing the skewers is a little stronger, but using the ring with holes means you can remove the skewers when the party is over and keep it flat as a keepsake. Your choice!

Two cakes with DIY cake toppers

Get my free DIY Cake Topper templates and cut files

I’d love to see your DIY cake toppers for every occasion! If you make one, please share a photo in our Facebook group, email it to me at [email protected], or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.

And if you’d like to learn how to make LAYERED cake toppers, check out my fun Rainbow and Mermaid layered cake topper tutorial!

Finished cake toppers with layers made on a Cricut


Want to remember this? Save the DIY Cake Topper Tutorial to your favorite Pinterest board!

DIY Cake Toppers with Custom Names and Sentiments Cut on a Cricut ] Free SVG Cut File #cricut #cakedecorating #birthday

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