Learn from the Cricut tutorial below on how to make your own first birthday cake topper in just one minute! You can make all different kinds of cake toppers on a Cricut Explore, Cricut Maker or Cricut Joy using these free SVG templates!
When my daughter was approaching her first birthday, I knew I wanted to make it special. But then I started looking to photographer packages and the price tag was making me cringe. Did I really want to spend $300 on a 30-minute session for a couple of photos? This didn’t even include the cake that I would have to pay another $50-150 for.
I became determined to get a professional quality photo shoot and cake on a budget. I thought, “Hey, I have a Cricut machine. I’m a designer. I have an oven. I can DIY this.“
This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
How much of it did I end up DIY-ing?
Just about everything!
I made everything from the cake, decor scene, cake topper, and shot and edited the photos myself. How do you think it turned out? Does it look like it was taken by a seasoned pro? Definitely not. But I am happy with how my pictures turned out given the amount of time and money that it cost me.
In case you’re curious, I used a cake mix box for my cake and used this recipe for the icing. It was delicious! I will also talk about the materials I bought for the actual photoshoot if you’d like to create something similar.
The Cricut cake topper was actually a last-minute addition to my scene. I had initially planned on using this first birthday candle (which I still think is super cute), but I decided I wanted the word spelled out. I thought about how I have a Cricut machine and my library of fonts and decided to hop on my Cricut design space and throw together a quick design.
It took me some time to make the design and I had to make a few cuts because the initial topper was too small for my liking. But now that I’ve made it, I wanted to share it with you so when you make it, it will only take a minute to make!
Ready to make your own first birthday cake topper? I’m excited to show you how easy it is!
MATERIALS TO MAKE YOUR 1 MINUTE CAKE TOPPER
HOW TO MAKE THE CAKE TOPPER
STEP 1: GET THE FREE SVG FILE
Get the free SVG design file from the free resource library.
STEP 2: UPLOAD YOUR DESIGN INTO CRICUT DESIGN SPACE
Here is what your SVG cut file will look like when you upload it to Cricut Design Space:
The cake I made was a 6″ cake. I used a cake box mix and my favourite Wilton cake pan kit. These dimensions worked well for a 6″ cake. Scale it bigger if you are making a bigger one.
STEP 3: CUT YOUR DESIGN
Cut the design out on cardstock. It is ready to place on the cake as-is. No skewers are required if your cake is a buttercream cake.
STEP 4: REINFORCE CAKE TOPPER (Optional)
If you made a fondant cake, you might want to back the cake topper with a wooden skewer. Simply attach the wooden skewer to the back of the cake topper along the existing cake topper line. Use your favourite glue or even a small piece of tape to secure it.
You’ve made your Cricut cake topper. It should have only taken 1 minute of your time and probably saved you $7. Take a look at a similar product currently sold on Amazon!