Cool Cake Toppers to Impress Your Guests

Layer on the charm with one of these three adorable DIY cake toppers made from simple materials.

It's not a real party without cake! Make it a special one with a homemade cake topper that will make your dessert look like it came straight from the bakery. Try glittery stars, a banner reminiscent of buttons, or wire hearts to show your appreciation for the guest of honor. We've also included some of our best cake recipes to get you started on the base.

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1. Button Banner

paper button banner cake with white frosting

What You Need

  • 1/2-inch round hole punch
  • Colorful paper
  • Small hole punch (binder size)
  • Ribbon or string
  • Two wooden skewers

How to Make It

  1. Punch out a variety of colorful 1/2-inch paper circles.
  2. Use the small hole punch to create two holes in each circle, like the holes in a button.
  3. Thread "buttons" along ribbon, in and out through the holes. Leave enough ribbon at both ends to tie.
  4. Make as many strands as you'd like. Tie each end of the ribbon  between two wooden skewers.
  5. Place a strip of washi tape underneath each strand to prevent it from slipping down.

2. Starry Display

four glitter paper stars pink cake topper

What You Need

  • Star hole punch
  • Glitter paper, cardstock or other sturdy kind
  • Tape
  • Long crafts sticks

How to Make It

  1. Punch out stars from a variety of glittery paper.
  2. Tape each star to the top of a crafts stick. We stuck ours into the cake in a tight group like fireworks. 

3. Wire Hearts

nested hearts wire cake topper

What You Need

  • 20-gauge copper wire
  • Scissors
  • Needle-nose pliers

How to Make It

  1. Cut a 4- to 6-inch length of copper wire for the large heart.
  2. Use the pliers to twist the two ends into a spiral. Shape a heart from there. Twist the bottom point into a second spiral. 
  3. Repeat Step 2 with a shorter length of wire for the small heart.
  4. Bend the spiral at the center of the large heart into a hook. Hang the small heart on it and pinch closed with pliers to secure.

Our Favorite Cake Recipes

Polka-Dot Cake

You've got the decor prepped, now all you need is a cake to put your topper on! Try one of these delicious desserts for your next event.


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