DIY: How to Make Cupcake Toppers

For my baby girl’s 1st birthday, she had a Sesame Street themed party. And of course, I had to keep it creative and make custom cupcake toppers with her favorite character Elmo!


They were super easy and fun to make. Cute, right?!

Here are instructions on how to make your very own…

What you will need:

  1. card stock paper
  2. scissors
  3. glue stick
  4. tape
  5. toothpicks


  1. First, you will need to decide on a design. There are tons of free printable designs offered online, but you can freestyle and make your own. I suggest printing on cardstock paper, because that is what I used to create my toppers.
  2. Once you have decided on a design, what you will need to do next is make multiple copies of the image based upon how many toppers you plan to make. For example, you will need two of the same image for 1 topper.
  3. Cut out the design and tape a toothpick to the back of it. Then, take the duplicate design and glue it to the back of the piece you taped the toothpick to. Make sure to perfectly align the images when you glue them together.
  4. And now, your topper is ready for a cupcake!

Wasn’t that easy?!


Of course, mine are a little more intricate compared to what’s shared in the instructions. Only because I used different colored cardstock paper to create Elmo’s features, by gluing piece by piece to create a full face. I also used a stencil to create the block letter “K” and the number “1”.

Hopefully, you were able to follow my instructions. If not, I hope I was able to at least inspire you.

– Crystal Iman

Extra: Other Party Decor Details…


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