How would you like to create a cake topper from scratch using a Cricut machine? If you answered yes to that question, you’re in the right place! This article is going to be showing you how to cut out a simple design and then print it onto card stock.
Cake toppers are often used to decorate cakes, but they don’t have to be expensive. In fact, you can easily make them at home using a Cricut Machine.
The finished project looks great on cakes or cupcakes and can be used for all types of cakes, including wedding cakes.
Cake toppers are usually printed onto paper and then glued onto cakes. They come in various shapes and sizes. Some are even edible.
If you want to try something new, why not give this DIY project a go? It’s easy enough for beginners and the results look fantastic!
- A Cricut machine
- Cake Topper Template
Once you have all the supplies that you need to make your cake topper with your Cricut machine, you’ll be ready to begin creating it! Follow the steps below to bring your cake topper creation to life with a little help from your Cricut machine:
How To Make A Cake Topper With Cricut
Step One: Cut Out Your Design
The first step is to find an image that you’d like to use as inspiration for your cake topper. You can use anything that inspires you; it doesn’t matter if it’s a photo, painting, drawing, etc.
Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, open up your Cricut machine and choose your cartridge.
Select “Cut” and follow the prompts to load your image into the machine. Make sure that your image is centered within the frame so that you get a clean cut.
Remember that the cutting area will be smaller than the actual size of your image.
When your image has been loaded into the machine, press “Start”. Then select “Cut”. When prompted, move your cursor over the edge of the image until you see a dotted line appear.
Press down on the mouse button to activate the blade. Move the cutter along the dotted line until you reach the end of the image.
When you’re done cutting, remove the template by pressing “Stop” and then “Clear”.
Step Two: Print Your Image Onto Card Stock
Next, you’ll need to print your image onto some card stock. Select “Print”, then choose “Card Stock”. Choose the type of card stock that you plan to use.
For example, I selected white card stock because I wanted my cake topper to stand out against any other colors on the cake.
After choosing the right color, choose the correct size. Most cards are 8 1/2 × 11 inches. However, there are also 4×6 inch cards available.
After selecting the size, click “OK”. Now you’re ready to start printing!
Step Three: Trim Your Image
Now comes the tricky part – trimming your image! Start by removing the excess paper around the edges of your image.
Use your scissors to carefully cut away the extra paper. Don’t worry about getting too close to the edges of your image or you may accidentally ruin it.
Now that you’ve trimmed off the excess paper, you can now turn your attention to the corners. These areas tend to curl when you cut them, which makes them difficult to work with.
So before you start cutting, take a moment to smooth out these awkward edges. This way, they won’t be as hard to handle.
If you’re having trouble smoothing out the corners, you can always use an Exacto knife to gently push the corner back into place. Just remember not to go too deep into the material, otherwise, you could damage the design.
Step Four: Add Details
Now that you’ve finished trimming your image, it’s time to add details. The most important thing to consider here is how much detail you want in your design.
If you’re making something simple, such as a basic flower cake topper (or a similar type of design that isn’t overly complex to print), you don’t need to spend a lot of time adding details.
But if you’re designing a more complex object, you should definitely pay closer attention to the details.
To add details to your design, simply trace around each individual element using a pencil. Then, once you have all of your lines drawn, erase the pencil marks.
For example, let’s say you were creating a heart-shaped cake topper. You would first draw a circle for the center of the heart.
Next, you’d draw two lines that intersect at the top of the heart. Finally, you’d draw two small circles inside those lines.
You can continue to add additional details to your design until you are happy with the finished result! During this step, you have the opportunity to get as creative as you’d like! Perhaps you want to add some vibrant color, or maybe you’d like to add some fun and eye-catching decals to your cake topper! The choices are truly endless and there are no rules, either!
Step Five: Cut Out Your Design
Once you’ve completed tracing your design, you’re finally ready to cut it out. To do so, select “Cut Out” After clicking “OK”, you’ll see a preview window appear.
In this window, you can adjust the settings for your cutter.
This step can get a little tricky to carry out correctly, so make sure that you are following the steps correctly. First things first, you are going to want to set the blade depth to 0.5 mm.
This setting ensures that the cutter will cut through the entire thickness of the card stock. Next, set the width to 3 mm. This setting allows for a bit of overlap between the pieces of your design.
Finally, set the speed to 100%. This setting ensures that your cutter will move slowly and smoothly across the card stock. Finally, after adjusting the settings, click “Start” to begin cutting.
Once you’ve started cutting, don’t stop until you reach the end of your design. It’s best to leave the cutter running while you finish up the rest of your cake toppers.
Once you have done all of this, you will then be ready to put your cake topper onto the top of your cake! In other words, you will have successfully created your own custom cake topper!
There we have it! Creating a custom cake topper couldn’t be easier. All you really need are some basic tools and supplies.
And since you probably already have everything on hand, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give this project a shot today!
All in all, we hope that this guide has helped you to learn how you can make your very own cake topper with your Cricut printer, and the best part is that this method that we have talked you through above is suitable for any type of cake topper design – regardless of whether the cake topper you have in mind is simple or complex.
Thank you for reading!
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