Tape Off The Bottom And Spray
To finish off my cake topper, I taped the bottom of the rods with painters tape to keep it safe and sprayed the rest of the acrylic with Krylon Glitter Blast. While I dont recommend using this spray for large projects it because it can be expensive, it was perfect for a topper like this!
At the end of the day, I was very pleased with the topper and the cake..but dont examine it too closely! Acrylic is the perfect medium for cake toppers because they are sturdy and easy to cut. Make sure to check out Craft Chameleon if you searching for nice, quality acrylic! Jamie and her team have been so amazing to work with over the years!
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Laser Cutting Cake Toppers
Whether it’s for a wedding, baby shower, or other special event, laser cutting cake toppers is a fun and profitable application for your Epilog equipment. These festive party favors can be made of a variety of materials, with the most popular being wood and acrylic. Access the design files below and read on to learn the laser parameters and other steps for laser cutting cake toppers.
We used a Helix 60w:
Vector: Speed 25% // Power 100% // 500F
Step 1: Prepare Artwork
Step 2: Send to the Laser
Send the job to the laser with the correct parameters for your machine wattage.
Step 3: Decoration
Paint or stain wooden cake toppers however you’d like. If you’d prefer a more natural look, you can skip this step. If you’re using colored or textured acrylic, there is no need for painting/staining. Once you’ve decorated the toppers to your liking, you’re all set. Just add them to your cakes and cupcakes and let the party begin!
Where can you sell laser cut cake toppers?
- In bakeries
- As custom birthday or anniversary favors
- In specialty gift shops
Chipboard Cake Topper With Glitter
The Maker has really changed my crafty life. I seriously think up a project, then I think about how much faster Ill be able to make it if I put it in my Maker machine. So many things I used to do by hand I just tell my Maker to do now, and its SO MUCH EASIER.
The Maker also makes projects wildly flexible on how you finish them out. For instance, the Cricut chipboard can be painted, layered with cardstock or used with vinyl or iron-on vinyl. Using Foil Iron-on on chipboard and is something that is not recommended on the Cricut EasyPress Recommended Settings pagebut Im a rebel and I did it anyway. The finish is not perfect smooth, but I still love the way it looks! Layering regular vinyl on top is still A-OK according to Cricut.
To make the glitter cardstock option like you saw as the example project in this post, cut the happy birthday out of Cricut gold glitter cardstock with the fine point blade after your chipboard is done.
Use a glue stick to adhere the glitter to the chipboard.
Turn your piece over and hot glue two bamboo skewers or thin dowel rods to the back. The length of the skewers depends on the size of your intended cake, but from experience, start long and cut the sticks down. My skewers started at 11.75 inched for this project for a very tall cake.
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Adding Vinyl To An Acrylic Cake Topper
You will also want to cut your vinyl pieces then you can add them to your cake toppers as well. Be sure to weed your cut vinyl then add transfer tape over the top.
Peel the vinyl away from the backing then place on your cut acrylic. Press down well with your scraper then remove the transfer tape. You have just make a DIY acrylic cake topper!
Assemble Your Cake Topper
Once that was done, I simply used my hot glue gun to glue some wooden skewers to the back. Since mine was only about 6 inches across, 2 skewers were enough. If ever I make a bigger or longer one, I can see how adding another skewer would be helpful. The glittery, gold cardstock is stiff enough to hold up on its own. The skewers did not need to go to the very top of the design. This is another reason why you need a thick font and strong cardstock if the skewers needed to be placed higher, you could potentially see it through the letters, and not only would it not look nice, but it might interfere with the letters making it hard to read. I was able to hide mine behind the letters so it doesnt interfere.
If your design is bigger and you are concerned with the stability of the topper, I would cut a second one out as mentioned. You could sandwich the skewers in between so that you cant see them. This adds stability to the cake topper.
This was a relatively easy project and it turned out so well. It was a really nice addition to the birthday cake. You could make toppers for any occasion baby or wedding showers, baptisms, etc. You could also make cute little ones for cupcakes. And this was so cheap to make just the cost of the cardstock and a couple of skewers thats it! Once you know how to make a cake topper, the possibilities are endless!
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Best Cake Topper Cutter Machine
Updated 1 Feb 2018 , 1:43pmby Freckles0829
I am thinking of buying a Cricut machine for my cake toppers like for Happy Birthday, Love, etc. but not sure which one to buy though. I really just want it for cake toppers. Anyone have an idea of which one I should buy? They are not cheap . I appreciate your thoughts. Thank you.
I just got a Cricut Explore Air 2 and I absolutely love it. The Cricut Maker is more powerful and is able to cut additional items such as fabric and thicker wood. I was torn between the two but in the end I decided that I was going to mainly be using it to cut paper and vinyl products so spending additional money on the Maker just didn’t seem necessary to me.
There is also a machine called the Silhouette Cameo which is similar to the Cricut machine but has a different type of software associated with it. I have found when reading up on both people are either a Cricut person or a Silhouette person. In the end, you just need to decide what you are going to use it for the most and pick which would be best for that purpose.
Thank you Freckles0829. Have you ever used it with wafer paper?
How To Make Acrylic Keychains
First cut out all your plastic sheets and vinyl templates.
For mylar sheets and shrink film, I like to use a standard grip green mat and cut with the Plastic Packaging settings. I find this is sufficient for even the most intricate designs.
Keep in mind if you are cutting shrink film, it will strink to about a quarter of its original size. If you are decorating shrink film with vinyl, I would advise you bake the shrink film first and then remeasure to cut your vinyl decorations to size.
Otherwise, I like to resize the vinyl pattern to just slightly smaller than the base.
To transfer the vinyl decorations onto the base, use transfer tape. You can either transfer one layer at a time or layer then all together and made the final transfer all at once.
There are other ways to decorate your acrylic keychain. The butterfly and J on the right in the photo below are done with alcohol ink and shrink film Check out my tutorial on alcohol ink if you are interested in working with alcohol ink instead of vinyl. There are also other ways to decorate shrink film in this tutorial here.
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Follow These Steps To Create A Custom Laser
Laser machine owners receive custom order requests regularly. Creating unique, one-of-a-kind products on the fly can be a daunting task, especially for those new to lasers. If a customer needs that custom flare for a special event or birthday, follow the steps below to create a custom laser-cut cake topper in minutes. Easily apply these principles to any custom order.
How To Make Acrylic Cake Toppers
For Cake Toppers, you can elect to cutout the base pegs as part of the design. Alternatively, you can just glue on a coffee stick or chopstick afterwards. If you are interested in learning how to make knockout text, check out my Cricut Knockout Text tutorial here.
Because I use mylar sheets, they can be a little bit more flimsy which is not good for cake toppers. Here, Ive made a shaker cake topper with 2 sheets of mylar with some sequins sandwiched in between.
To make this acrylic shaker, you will need some foam paper. I used a sheet from this.
First, cut out all your layers using your Cricut cutting machine. For foam paper, I recommend using a standard grip mat. I tried using a light grip mat here and it snagged a few times. I still manage to salvage the cutout but it would have been better to use a standard grip mat. You will need a deep point blade for cutting foam paper.
In terms of what you want to sandwich in the shaker, you can use sequins or any self-made confetti. Any type of glue works here.
After cutting all the different components, glue the foam layer to the base plastic layer first. Then fill the middle with sequins or confetti and glue the rest of the layers on accordingly.
If you are interested in free Shaker Card templates to try yourself, check out my Shaker Card tutorial here.
Add Your DIY Acrylic Cake Topper Designs
How to seal acrylic keychains
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Adding A Diy Cake Topper To Your Cake
Just put the long piece into your cake and press down. This thin plastic is fairly flimsy but the cake will hold it up enough for a party. You can also trim the part that goes into your cake with a pair of scissors if you get it too long.
If you make a larger cake topper like the Happy Birthday version, you will need to push it all the way down into your cake so that the cake itself helps to hold it up. Otherwise, this version would lean forward or backward when in the cake.
Otherwise, I think these cake toppers look amazing and they are perfect for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and so much more.
So, be sure to use your Cricut Maker to create your own DIY acrylic cake topper. You can customize this project to say anything that you like and make something amazing for any party that you are hosting.
What will you celebrate with this simple Cricut party craft? I know you will love making your own DIY acrylic cake topper for every occasion that you are celebrating.
Love this and want more Cricut ideas? Try the links below as well!
Designing Cake Toppers In Cricut Design Space
First, you will need to make your design. You can definitely use the same design I used by clicking here or you can make your own in minutes. Just follow the directions below to make a variety of cake toppers for your next party.
For a cake topper using an image, you will need the image you are going to use plus a circle or shape to go around it and a long, skinny rectangle to go into the cake. You can use the shape tools to get your circle and rectangle. I just searched for happy birthday images in Design Space for my vinyl cut file.
Then put the circle and square together. Be sure to align the two by centering horizontally. Then you can click weld to get your design. This one is ready to cut! The gray will be the acrylic while the pink will be the adhesive vinyl
You can also turn text into a cake topper. There are a few ways to do that. First, lets use the offset feature on some cursive text to make an outline.
The weld together with a simple rectangle as before to get your shape. Now you can cut the grey from plastic and the pink from vinyl
Finally, you can use a stencil font as a cake topper. I prefer a stencil font so that all of my letters stay together. You will need the word, one rectangle for the bottom, and one to put in your cake.
Then just weld all three pieces together and cut! This one is simple and you can use as is or even paint the back after it is cut.
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How To Cut A Plastic Cake Topper With The Cricut Maker
Now that you have your design, it is time to cut the acrylic with the Cricut Maker. These plastic sheets come with a protective film on the front and back. I usually remove that before cutting.
Then place on your strong grip mat. Use a brayer to stick down to the mat well and tape all the way around with painters tape to secure.
Add that to your Cricut machine. Be sure to move the white star wheels all the way over to the right. I like to use the basswood setting and the knife blade to cut these sheets. Be sure to watch the cuts and pause the machine occasionally to check the cut. Mine went about 16 passes and was cut through. The curves will be the last to be completed.
Once the cuts are complete, remove the mat from the machine then you can start removing your cut pieces.
It may be easier to flip the mat over and pull the cut pieces off.
Figure Out The Size That You Want
I made mine 6 inches wide, which is the same size as the cake. I think its substantial enough, yet delicate to balance with the cake. When I looked at pictures of cake toppers on a google search, they all seemed to be fairly big. Thats another great thing about this project you can make it any size you want to go with your cake.