Saturday, February 18, 2012

Free Printable St Patricks Day Decorations: Cupcake Toppers

Please click the "St. Patrick's Day Party Decorations Template" link farther down on the page to download the free printable St Patricks Day decorations template.


Got green?  If you didn't before, you do now. These free printable St. Patrick's Day decorations can implemented in a variety of ways. You can use them as-is, right off the printable template. Just cut them out and glue them to toothpicks or tall cocktail picks to make marshmallow, cupcake or cake toppers. You can also string them together to make a St. Patrick's banner, if you're feeling particularly ambitious.

If you want to kick it up a notch, you can create 3D toppers by cutting out the decorations, then folding them in half and using a repositionable glue stick (see tips below) to glue together six of the leprechaun hats or six of the rainbow pots of gold. Check out the photo tutorial for my Thanksgiving pumpkin place cards to see some tips for putting them together.

If you want to get fancy, you also can add a little glitter ...







... or a lot. (See my tips below for an important caveat when applying glitter to these Saint Patrick's Day toppers for use around food.)


You can also add white, green or gold bows to dress up the cupcake picks.

Download the St. Patrick's Day cupcake picks toppers template from the link below: 

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Tips:
  • Use the heaviest card stock your printer will allow.
  • If you use glitter, you need to cover it with a coating of Elmer's School Glue Gel or something similar. This will seal in the glitter so it doesn't fall into the cupcakes, cake, appetizers or whatever you use them for. It also provides a nice shine. It does make the paper warp, however, so you'll want to glue another topper to the back of each one to stabilize it.
  • To make the coins in the pot of gold sparkle, I used gold glitter, then a coat of Elmer's, then some clear iridescent loose glitter and then some more Elmer's. I applied all of these after the pieces were folded and glued together. The process took several days because of the drying time, so be sure to start early if you want to use this method.
  • Curved, sharp manicure scissors work really well to cut the toppers.
  • Don't glue the fifth and sixth pieces together to seal the 3D toppers, until you insert the toothpick or cocktail pick vertically in the center. I suggest adding some glue down the center before you seal the last pieces so the picks don't fall out.
  • I highly recommend that you use a repositionable glue stick when making the 3D toppers. Otherwise, the glue will dry too quickly and you might end up with a lot of very uneven edges.
  • The chances of your cutting each piece of a six-panel 3D cupcake topper perfectly is slim. So to address uneven edges when you make the 3D toppers, wait until they're dry and use manicure or other small scissors to carefully trim away any overhanging white paper.
  • See the tutorial for my Thanksgiving pumpkin place cards to see tips for putting together 3D toppers.
Credits: Many thanks to Josy Carson for the leprechaun hat and pot of gold illustrations (see more of her work in my free printable Valentine's Day candy boxes and penguin winter decorations) and to King Thing Fonts at KingThingsFonts.co.uk for the Willow font.

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8 comments:

  1. Wow, nice decor. If my local bakers had these kind of decorations on their cup cakes there sales will sky rocket.

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  2. These images are wonderful! I can't get over the variety and creativity of all the decorations you have created for various occasions. Agree with the commenter above, that these would be fantastic for bakeries that specialize in cupcakes.

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  3. These are really wonderful! Makes me want to have a St. Patrick's Day party!

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  4. You are making it too easy for me! I'm not an entertainer at all, but one thing I've done since I got married was have some friends over for a St Patrick's Day feast. This year we're only having one or two people over but I think this will also be the year I will actually put some effort into decorating :)

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  5. These decorations are so cute. Glitter makes everything better, doesn't it?

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  6. Ha! Now this is adorable. My favorite is the little 3D leprechaun hat!

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  7. Wonderful. You are amazing, Carla! I love to share your projects.

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  8. Another great post packed full of ideas. And of course all nice and green given the theme. Keep 'em coming.

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