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How to Make Cricut Cupcake Toppers Easily!

Learn how to make cute and personalized Cricut cupcake toppers for any special occasion and theme birthday party, baby shower, and more!

I’ve used my Cricut machine to make quite a few DIY cupcake toppers over the years, so I decided it was finally time to put together this easy Cricut craft in a post for you.

Making your own cupcake toppers means that you can design them to fit any party theme. You can add the birthday girl’s name to the custom cupcake toppers or an age or favorite image, really the possibilities are endless!

And since these cupcake toppers are small and just cardstock you can use any Cricut cutting machine to make them – Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore Air family, or the Cricut Joy!

If you have the Cricut Maker or Cricut Maker 3, you can cut thicker materials if you want, but most cupcake toppers just get thrown away, so an easy way to save money is to just use paper or card stock.

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In this tutorial, we will be going through the steps on how to use Cricut Design Space to customize a cute mermaid-themed standard cupcake size topper, but you can always make matching cupcake wrappers or a matching DIY cake topper (find my Cricut cake topper tutorial here).

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Cupcake Wrappers cut with a Cricut

Or use the same cupcake topper design to make party decorations and favor boxes as I did for this cute baby shower.

cricut cupcake toppers baby shower

We will be using SVG files within Cricut Access, but you can always find images on free SVG websites or Creative Fabrica (my fave!) to cut out.

If you don’t know about Creative Fabrica, make sure to check them out!

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Making cute Cricut cupcake toppers really is so much fun! Ok, let’s get to it!

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How to Make Cupcake Toppers with a Cricut

Yield: Multiple Cupcake Toppers
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $2

By combining a few images together in Cricut Design Space, you can cut out custom party cupcake toppers in minutes!


  1. Open up a new canvas in the Cricut Design Space software. I searched "mermaid" in the search bar in the Images panel. I found two different images that I wanted to use parts of. Click on each and insert on canvas. mermaid images cds
  2. I am going to use the mermaid tail for the main part of the topper but I wanted to add some cute embellishments from the collection image. To get rid of the other Cricut images in the collection, you can ungroup and delete them off or use the contour tool.contour cricut ()
  3. I like to put the toothpick in between two layers so you can't see it on the back of the topper. To make a base layer, click on the image and then on the Offset tool. I decreased the size a lot since I only wanted a small difference.offset cricut cupcake topper Click Apply.
  4. For my image, the offset tool left small cutouts which I didn't want. So with the shadow layer selected, I clicked on Contour and chose Hide All Contours. And then X out of the screen. Now you're just left with the silhouette image!hide all contours ()
  5. Now I'm ready to add customization! You can add a name or sentiment or a number. I inserted a text box and typed in the number 6. Then changed the Cricut font to Birthday Bash.birthday bash font
  6. The font is multi-layer so make sure the second layer is visible. Size the number to fit where you want. Then on the layers panel, click on the Shadow Layer of the mermaid tail and then while you're holding down Ctrl or Cmd, click on the shadow layer of the number. This selects both of the images. Then click on Combine and Unite in lower right. combine weld shadow layers cricut
  7. Then I put all the extra embellishments next to the cupcake topper image, and changed the size to under three inches (which I find is the right size for my cupcakes!).cricut design space cupcake topper tutorial
  8. Click Make It. On the Prepare screen, increase the project quantity to how many you need and click Apply.increase project copies cricut
  9. Now it's time to start cutting! Follow all the onscreen prompts from CDS to cut each color of card stock. Make sure to change your material settings in between cuts if using different types of cardstock, ie glitter card stock setting and then 80 lb card stock for regular. Place cardstock on Cricut mat and load and unload when prompted.cricut cutting cupcake topper
  10. The easiest way to remove cardstock images is by peeling the mat away from the cut images. Flip the mat upside down and peel it back from the paper.removing cardstock from cutting mat
  11. Once all the pieces are cut and removed from the mats, it's time to assemble! The first step is to glue the stick to the shadow layer. Use a hot glue gun or glue stick or alternatively you can use thin foam double sided pop up adhesives to account for the thickness of the stick. toothpick in cupcake holder Screenshot
  12. Glue the top layer to the bottom with the stick in between. You might have to make a crease in the top layer to make the edges lay flat. diy cupcake topper with number
  13. Then glue all the rest of the embellishments on to finish the simple cupcake toppers with a glue pen or tacky glue. cupcake toppers cricut
  14. The cute Cricut cupcake toppers are all ready to stick in a cupcake!mermaid cupcake topper cricut


You can check out how to make matching party invitations and favors by watching my video tutorial here.

Did you make this project?

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So fun and cute, right? Think of the possibilities!

Halloween cupcake toppers, elegant bridal showers toppers with a date or name, Valentine’s Day, classroom treats, you name it!

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If you are a fan of paper crafts, make sure to check out our ultimate list of paper crafts!

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!


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