Inspiration: DIY Cupcake Topper Ideas

As it’s my birthday tomorrow (and I’ve got cake on the brain), I thought I would celebrate on the blog by sharing some of my favourite DIY cupcake toppers! From pin-wheels to pom-poms to clowns, these four toppers are bound to make your recipient smile, and you get to eat yummy cupcakes too!

Shelley Makes DIY Cupcake Topper Ideas

For full DIY tutorials, check out these blogs:

1. Better Homes & Gardens, Upcycled Book-Page Pinwheel Cupcake Topper | 2. 6 Bittersweets, DIP Pom Pom Cupcake Topper | 3. Studio DIY, DIY Balloon Cupcake Toppers | 4. Oh Happy Day, DIY Clown Cupcake Topper

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Sporty Birthday Cake Stand

My step dad is a sports enthusiast, so ahead of his birthday, I was pleased to find a fitting illustration on the cover of Waitrose Weekend – a huge tiered cake celebrating a year of sport and food!

Birthday Cake Stand

As well as being a sports fiend, Bob is also a cake fanatic, so the picture sums him up perfectly! I decided to create a foam board birthday cake ‘card’ using the super-sized illustration.


I propped my foam board picture up using a plate stand, however you could also turn it into a jumbo fridge magnet (for laughs), or a giant badge, so you know who the birthday bod is!

This makes a great table centrepiece with cupcakes all around it, mirroring the cupcakes in the illustration. I also made a giant paper envelope so it could be opened like a traditional card.


It’s effective yet simple, AND you get to eat cake! Happy Birthday, Bob!