I am so super excited to share this fabulous cupcake topper tutorial by Jennifer of Double the Fun Parties. Jennifer commissioned me to design a custom Nancy Drew Party for her daughter and she documented the whole set-up process. I will be sharing some of her fabulous tutorials and the party in the next few weeks. The party will knock your socks off!

You can find the Nancy Drew Printable collection here.

How To Make Love The Day Cupcake Toppers by Jennifer of Double The Fun Parties

Cupcake toppers present so many options for customization that they are a ton of fun. You also may see cupcake toppers called “party circles” because they certainly can do more than top cupcakes.

How-to-assemble-cupcake-toppers-by-Double-the-Fun-Parties-850x569 1 – Print your toppers on 110 lb. cardstock. I like to print at Office Depot. You’ll need to trim your toppers close to the edge to punch them out later. Here’s why.

DSC_00371-850x569 Your punch just can’t reach the topper unless you cut away the border. I like to use my paper trimmer for this. Again, trim around the outer edges first, and then cut the toppers into rows or columns.

DSC_00362-850x569 DSC_00412-850x569 2 – Now you’re ready to punch out each topper. In any case, you will usually want a 2″ punch for this job. Here’s a circle punch by Fiskars. The handles make for easy squeezing.

DSC_00431-850x569 But wait … there’s more! Why limit yourself to circles when there are squares and scallops and flourishes, oh my? My favorite punches are the flat ones on the right by EK Success. They make it easy to hold the toppers without them slipping in the punch. You also can turn the punches over so you can see what you’re punching. And, they lock flat for storage. That’s a huge improvement over my big pink punch.

DSC_0004-850x569 3 – I do think it’s nice to match your punch shape to your design. Here’s the flourish punch on two different backgrounds. I much prefer the flourish with the solid background as opposed to the sharp angles of the argyle.

DSC_0060-850x569 4 – Now it’s time to attach your lollipop stick. You can find lollipop sticks in the baking aisle of your craft store. They come in two lengths and I prefer the longer sticks. You can push them more deeply into your cupcake, so you know they aren’t going anywhere. Just a thin bead of Aleene’s Thick Tacky Glue on about 1/2″ of your stick is all you need to attach the stick to the back of the topper.

DSC_00103-850x568 DSC_0015-850x569 Here you can see four different looks for your toppers. Quick, easy, inexpensive ways to dress up your party.




I am a wife of one, mother of two and a graphic designer who loves to throw and style parties. There is nothing I love more than to find unique and creative ways to celebrate the most important days in our lives. Whether it be through printable products or creative diy decorations, I try to find ways to make parties memorable so others can Love The Day.

  • Tara

    Thanks XOXO

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    Really cute! Thanks for the tips!

  • Jennifer @ Double the Fun Parties

    Thanks so much for sharing, Lindi! Super excited to have been able to work with your printables!

  • Janet

    LOVE!! Thanks so much!!

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  • anne

    hi have you used a edible ink to print the topper?