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DIY Birthday Cake Toppers

When it comes to organizing the perfect birthday, we’re sure it’ll come as no surprise to you that we love making a lot of the different party elements ourselves. Whether it’s the meal, the cake, the décor, or the party games, you’ll probably find us a week in advance of any party either busy in the kitchen surrounded by entrée and dessert ideas or sitting on the craft room floor surrounded by decorating supplies. No matter how many birthday parties we organize, though, one of our very favourite things to make is always the same, and it’s one of the little elements you’ll work on but it makes a big difference. We absolutely adore making cake toppers!

Do you also love making birthday cake toppers but you’re always looking for new ideas so you can make all different kinds? Have you never made a cake topper before but you really want to try? In either case, we’ve got the list for you! Check out these 15 awesome cake toppers that will take your birthday cake to the next level and be extra satisfying to see in all the celebratory pictures!

1. Paper straw and tissue paper candles

Paper straw and tissue paper candles

Do you love the way that bright, twinkling candles look in cakes and cupcakes, but you don’t love the idea of giving each kid at your child’s birthday party a small stick of fire to blow out when you hand out the baked goodies? In that case, these awesome DIY paper candles are the perfect idea for you! Icing Designs shows you how to make them out of pretty paper straws and a tissue paper “flame”.

2. Pipecleaner toppers

Pipecleaner toppers

Did you click on this list hoping to find cake toppers that your kids can actually help you make nice and easily? Then check out this pipe cleaner idea from The Ktchn! Making any type of crafts with pipe cleaners is always a good time, so there’s no doubt that your kids will thoroughly enjoy the process of helping you with their cake toppers, but this idea is also a great one because it’s so versatile. You can bend the pipe cleaners into any shape you want! We like the idea of making numbers for the age you’re celebrating and happy shapes like hearts and stars.

3. Airplane party balloon topper

Airplane party balloon topper

Are themed parties your ultimate favourite kind to throw? We can’t blame you there; we love a good themed party too! That’s why we thought this airplane cake for a pilot themed party was such a cute idea. Check out how Balloon Time used toy planes and skewers to make little “flying” cake toppers accented with fun, colour schemed balloons that are actually anchored right into the cake too!

4. Happy Birthday bunting topper

Happy birthday bunting topper

Is the party you’re throwing more the type of party that has a cute colour scheme and adorable aesthetic than an actual theme, but you’re still totally attached to not just the idea of a cake topper, but one you can actually make yourself? In that case, maybe a simple cheerful bunting is the best idea for you! Rain on A Tin Roof guides you through the process of making some cute little “Happy Birthday” flags that are propped up by pastel paper straws like flag poles.