9 DIY Cake Toppers That You Can Make In An Hour

DIY Cake Toppers // Featured: The Knot Blog
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Bridget Clegg
bridget clegg the knot wedding diy and crafting expert
Bridget Clegg
Wedding DIY and Crafting Expert
  • Bridget Clegg is an Art Production Manager for BestProducts.com.
  • Bridget is an experienced digital media creator based in New York City.
  • Bridget worked for The Knot as a Photo Editor from 2013 to 2015.
Updated Jul 24, 2018

Cake toppers are an easy DIY project that can make the simplest of cakes instantly awesome. There are tons of alternatives to the traditional bride and groom figures (though we love those, too!). Metallic flowers, miniature ribbon penants or heart-shaped pinatas transform a bridal shower or wedding cake from plain to Instagram-worthy in just minutes. Make your own cake bling with one of the 9 genius tutorials below!

Gold Cupcake Liner Flower Topper

Photo: Cyd Converse // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Cyd Converse

Use cupcake liners to make ruffly flowers that look perfect on top of mini cakes. Cluster a few together for a wedding cake topper. Here's how to do it.

Just Married Flag Toppers

Photo: Jen Carreiro // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Jen Carreiro

Punch out various shapes of card stock to thread onto lollipop sticks. Use a variety of textured and colored paper to create a fun mismatched look, then write out a special message on a few of the flags. Follow the tutorial here to learn how.

Stiffened Ribbon Cake Topper

Photo: http://asubtlerevelry.com/typography-stiffened-ribbons#more-385569 // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Victoria Hudgens

Use fabric stiffener and bits of pretty ribbon to spell out any message you choose. Attach to tooth picks for a completely customizable cake topper. Here's the how-to.

Tissue Paper Heart Toppers

Photo: Victoria Hudgens // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Victoria Hudgens

Make adorable mini heart pinatas with cardboard and fringed tissue paper. This post will show you how!

Cake Vase Fresh Flower Topper

Photo: Ashley Rose // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Ashley Rose

How genius is this cake vase? Fill the vase with water, then arrange your flowers to make a garden fresh cake! See how to make your fresh flower cake here!

Crochet Doily Heart Cake

Photo: Carly Taylor Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Carly Taylor Photography

With fabric stiffener and a crochet doily, you can make a vintage cake topper that's totally reusable. Follow the instructions here.

Clay XOXO Cake Toppers

Photo: Maddy Hague // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Maddy Hague

Combine clay letters (or numbers if you display your wedding date!) with pretty ribbon flags for a creative cake topper that's inexpensive and easy to make. Get the instructions here.

Art Decor Cupcake Topper

Photo: Anne Kiernan // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Anne Kiernan

A few snips of paper and dabs of glue are all you need to make these Gatsby-inspired cupcake toppers. Read this post to see how to make them!

DIY Silhouette Cake Topper

Photo: Simply Silhouettes // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Simply Silhouettes

Make a silhouette cake topper out of any photo of you and your fiance. Just follow the instructions here to learn how!

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