20 Simple & Chic DIY Cake Toppers for Weddings, Parties or Everyday

updated May 3, 2019
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Like the wedding cake itself, a cake topper is something you definitely don’t need to throw a wedding. But here’s the thing: If you do it right (that is, cheaply and without a lot of hassle) a peppy little topper is the perfect way to accessorize your wedding cake – or a birthday cake or a cake for mom for mother’s day.

Here are 20 projects that can be used to dress up a simple, barely embellished cake from a corner baker or a grocery store, adding just enough pomp and circumstance to whatever you’re celebrating.

Painted Cake Topper Sayings (above)

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Photo Cutout Cake Toppers

From a real wedding on Martha Stewart Weddings

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Twist-Tie Calligraphy Cake Topper

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Mini Balloon Cake Toppers

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Edible Ink Macaron Cake Toppers

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Thyme Heart Cake Topper

From Goldmine

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DIY Star Sticker Cake Toppers

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DIY Gold Cupcake Liner Flowers

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Printable Garden Cake Topper

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Cookie-Cutter Clay Letter Cake Toppers

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Mini Mylar Letter Balloon Toppers

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Printable Glitter Best Day Ever Topper

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Polaroid Cake Topper

From a real wedding on Brooklyn Bride

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Pom Pom Birthday Cake Topper

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Celebrate Tassel Cake Topper

From Bespoke Bride, by Chelsea of Bright Bold Design

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Rainbow Honeycomb Cake Topper

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Plastic Alphabet Magnet Cake Toppers

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Painted Geometric Cake Toppers

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Balloon Animal Cake Topper

From Studio DIY

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Recycled Calendar Message Topper

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