This happy birthday cake topper is simple and quick to make with a free cut file I hand lettered! Sharing not only the design, but how I made it and the materials I used.
Yesterday was Shane’s birthday and even though he worked all day, we still celebrated with a delicious dinner and of course… cake! The kids loaded it up with sprinkles and helped him blow out his candles and it was perfect. So when I got up to work this morning… that reminded me that I never had shared this DIY Happy Birthday cake topper! And you guys… I’ve had these photos/tutorial sitting in my drafts unfinished for years. Actual years. See that watermark there? I haven’t used that in… years. Ha!
But this DIY is still just as good- It’s still how I choose to make my cake toppers for friends or kids birthdays and the free Happy Birthday cut file is just as fun as it was years ago! So let’s dig in ;)
I love a good cake topper You can roughly ice a cake, throw some sprinkles on there with a cake topper and your cake looks fabulous. Top notch. And it takes… really no cake decorating skills.
For this DIY, there’s really not much to it. All you need to do is download the free happy birthday cut file I created (below) and upload it to your Cricut Design Space. If you’re new to using your own cut files with Cricut, you can find a full tutorial of that RIGHT HERE. Once it’s upload it, size it to your preference and cut it out!
I used a piece of Cricut Shimmer Paper that I had leftover for this particular cake topper but I see they’re not selling it anymore. It’s very similar to the Cricut Glitter Paper which you can find here. I love that this paper can stand up with just one layer and honestly I don’t even glue toothpicks to the back anymore, it’s strong enough to just stand up in the cake. I also love that since the front of this paper has a glitter coating, it doesn’t show grease from the icing like normal cardstock does.
Reminder when you’re removing your design from your cutting mat to flip it all over and peel the mat off the paper, hold the paper flat with one hand. This will keep it from curling, and no one wants that!
*As always, free printables and cut files from Lemon Thistle are for personal use only. Make something for your friends (woohoo!) but you may not use this file for profit or to reshare online.
Looking for another idea for a cake topper? If you don’t want glitter paper or if you are looking for a wedding-y design, I made this gold and marble cake topper that says ‘so much love’ a few years ago you might like!