Monday, October 31, 2011

Christmas Printables: Holiday Cupcake Toppers and Appetizer Picks

Please scroll down and click the "Christmas Cupcake Toppers Template" link further down on the page to download the free printable cupcake toppers template. 


These paper holiday cake or  cupcake toppers, or hors d'oeuvre or appetizer party picks come in a variety of pastel designs that match my printable paper Christmas wreath and printable gift bags. They can be used to create fun flat or 3D stars, an old fashioned sleigh, holly, a bell or a bell topped with holly. The designs can further be extended through the use of rhinestones and faux pearls. (I don't recommend glitter or glitter glue like I used on the wreath, however, because it could fall on the cupcakes, cake top or appetizers, and that wouldn't be healthy.)



Download the template by clicking the "Christmas Cupcake Toppers Template" link below:

Click the link above and then the "cupcake-toppers.jpg" link. Once the template image appears, click the "Download" button.

Instructions for making the holiday cupcake toppers: 
Like with the shabby chic paper wreath, your best friend when making these holiday cupcake toppers will be a nice pair of sharp scissors. Other than cutting them out (which admittedly takes some skill), they're very easy to make. I made the flat cupcake toppers one-sided, meaning I didn't print and cut a second piece in reverse to glue back-to-back for each topper. I just positioned the toothpicks in the center of the backs and used Elmer's school glue gel to adhere them. But I've provided both front and back images, should you want yours to be two-sided. If you'd like you can embellish the cupcake toppers with faux pearls and rhinestones before you attach them to the toothpicks.

The 3D stars are actually quite easy to make too. Much like my 3D pumpkins, I just folded the stars in half with the colored side facing in and creased the fold with a burnisher (you can use your fingernail instead, as long as you don't have a lot of nail polish that might rub off) so it would be nice and crisp. I then glued five stars together back-to-back with a glue stick, making sure to insert a toothpick in the center before sealing up the last two stars. It's a good idea to put a little extra glue on the top of the toothpick before you place it, so it doesn't fall out later. You can also use more than five stars if you want a different look or you can alternate the pink and blue stars.

I hope you enjoy making these shabby chic cupcake topper/appetizer picks. Please remember that all the downloads on this blog are for personal use only.

Credits: Thanks to Cajoline of Cajoline-Scrap.Blogspot.com for several of the patterns used in these cupcake toppers and to Marni Designs for the blue paisley design. Thanks also to KingThingsFonts.co.uk for the embroidery font. 
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You might also like this paper Christmas tree template or tutorial for making Christmas garland and ornaments from recycled Christmas cards.  

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