You can make and design cupcake toppers even if you have no graphic design experience. This tutorial will show you step-by-step how to design printable cupcake toppers and cake toppers. There are even free programs that can help you do it!
I’ve been asked by several people to do a tutorial on how to design the printable toppers I have on the website. It’s really easier than you might think and you don’t have to be a graphic artist to do it.
These are an easy way to personalize cupcakes for birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers, holidays etc.
(This post was updated 10/9/21)
The easiest way to show you how to do this is through video, which I’ve included in this post.
Make sure to watch the entire video as it will go through all of the steps in detail for you.
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FAQ’s and Tips:
What programs can I use?
For this tutorial, I’m using Canva because it’s easy to use and it’s free for the basics. Depending on some of the graphics you might want to add to your design, it might cost you a couple of dollars, but there are many graphics that are free and you can upload your own.
PicMonkey is another graphic design platform and it’s very similar to Canva. It is easy to use and figure out and it does offer some things that Canva doesn’t. The only downside is that it isn’t free.
Photoshop is also a design software, but it is a rather large learning curve if you don’t have prior experience. It also costs a monthly fee to use the cloud version.
For the most part, I use Canva or Photoshop, because that’s what I’m used to and am comfortable with.
This tutorial will use Canva because it’s easier to figure out than Photoshop and it’s free to use at the time of this post.
Where can I find graphics?
An important note about graphics. If you just copy any ol’ graphic from a google search, you’re probably infringing on someone’s copyright.
While that might not seem like a big deal, take it from me (someone who’s had their photographs stolen and used without permission) it’s really not a good thing to do.
You want to make sure that the photos or graphics you use are royalty-free or that you’re not infringing on someone’s copyright.
You can do that by doing a search for ‘royalty-free’ graphics or using something from the options below.
Note that some of Canva’s graphics are free to use and some you might have to pay a dollar or two. The other links you can find amazing graphics on, but you’ll have to pay to download them.
What kind of paper should I print these on?
You’ll want to use cardstock paper which is just a heavier paper than your average printer paper.
Do I have to use a hole punch to cut these out?
A hole punch makes it much easier and quicker to punch out the cupcake toppers. If you don’t have one and can’t get one, you can always just use scissors…it’ll just take more time.
Ok, let’s get to the video tutorial. If you have any questions, just let me know in a comment and I’ll be happy to help.
What sticks do I use to attach to the toppers?
You can just use toothpicks and tape them onto the back of the cupcake toppers.
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