Shaker Cake Topper Tutorial

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DIY confetti cake topper

Shaker cake toppers have become a popular new way to decorate the top of cakes in a personal way. I had many requests in my Facebook group to create a tutorial on how to make one. Today I will show you how simple it is to make these toppers – and with so many different unique touches or themes.

If you are in love with paper flowers like me, then check out my Rosette designs, which are easy and perfect for adorning these toppers.

I’m going with a mermaid theme here, and if you want more mermaid party ideas, check out my flower backdrop here!

Supplies & Templates for Shaker Cake Topper

Supplies for DIY confetti cake topper

Accessing the Free Topper Template

Download these free templates by creating a free account in my Freebie Vault. Search Cake Topper or type in Design #115.

DIY confetti shaker cake topper with your Cricut machine. Creating custom cake toppers is easy with your Cricut machine. Use this shaker cake topper tutorial to create any theme.

Shaker Cake Topper Instructions

For full details be sure to watch the video below! Here is a quick guide with written instructions.

DIY confetti shaker cake topper with your Cricut machine. Creating custom cake toppers is easy with your Cricut machine. Use this shaker cake topper tutorial to create any theme.
  1. Gather your materials and begin by cutting out the acetate circle (use the acetate setting under Custom Materials on your machine).
  2. Next, cut your chipboard out on the strong grip mat. Be sure to use painter’s tape to secure the mat. Use the thick chipboard setting on your machine.
  3. Cut out the remaining circle pieces in glitter cardstock or regular cardstock. I also tried using party foil, which was fun for some extra sparkle! Use the corresponding settings for these materials as well – party foil and glitter cardstock.
  4. Once everything is cut out, mix your sequin confetti to your preference.
  5. To assemble, start with the chipboard frame and acetate circle. Glue the acetate circle on top of the chipboard frame.
  6. Next, pour your confetti into the center of your base circle then glue the acetate and chipboard piece on top. Note: make sure to glue the chipboard face down and the acetate side up to create the space we need for the confetti.
  7. Finally, glue the cardstock frame over the chipboard frame, so you no longer see the chipboard.
  8. At this point, take your creative freedom to decorate as you wish. In my video below, I used a mermaid tail.
DIY confetti shaker cake topper with your Cricut machine. Creating custom cake toppers is easy with your Cricut machine. Use this shaker cake topper tutorial to create any theme.

Shaker Confetti Cake Topper Video Tutorial

I loved making these cake toppers because you can personalize them in so many ways! You could also create your recipient’s name in Design Space with flowers (I used Rosettes here).

Cake topper tutorial.

If you are in a time pinch or just don’t want to do a bunch of cutting, you can use printable vinyl to print out any image and stick it to the top of the acetate, which is what I did for the Trolls inspired design.

DIY confetti shaker cake topper with your Cricut machine. Creating custom cake toppers is easy with your Cricut machine. Use this shaker cake topper tutorial to create any theme.

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6 Comments

  1. Hello! Love the mermaid cake topper – great video. I purchased the mermaid tail from your etsy shop, where do I get the back of the back piece of the tail? Your video shows two layers of the mermaid tail – do I need to purchase a separate file? Am I just not seeing it?

    Thanks!!

    1. Hi Aurora!
      You can use your Contour button to remove the scales and create a solid back piece. I’m happy to email those files for you like this if you are unsure of how to use the contour function. Just send me an email at [email protected] 🙂

    1. Hi! For the chipboard, you will want the knife or deep point blade. The cardstock can be the fine point blade. 🙂

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