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How To Make A Shaker Cake Topper

I have become a little obsessed with cake toppers recently, and been dying to make a shaker cake topper for so long. However it’s like everything, the more your learn, the more you want to achieve. Read on to learn ‘How To Make A Shaker Cake Topper’ and get your hands on my free template.

Yes, it looks slightly complicated, however its not, so don’t let being a beginner put you off having a go at this Cricut project, its not difficult to cut and construct and looks amazing.

A Free Shaker cake topper template and tutorial Cricut Maker

How To Make A Shaker Cake Topper

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If You Don’t Have A Cricut Maker?

If you don’t have a Cricut Maker and can’t cut craft board, try using thick card and layering it to create a void for your glitter. I would suggest a delivery box as that is quite thick, but still cuttable. If you do struggle, cut a guide and use a craft knife.

What you will need to make a shaket cake topper

Get My Hot Air Balloon Template

To get your free Cake Topper PNGs, simply click on the image below and I will pop it across to you. If you have Cricut Paid Access, the project is here.

If you’re a subscriber the download is ready for your in the free members area. The link to the page is in your members email. 

However, make sure your pc pop-up blocker is turned off, also if the email doesn’t arive check your spam folder. Here’s how you upload the files to Cricut Design Space.

Download the file here

How To Make Your Shaker Cake Topper

Sizing Your Cake Topper In Cricut Design Space

Start by opening the project in Cricut design space, once the project is either uploaded or opened size the project to the size you want your shaker cake topper to be.

The template does not include the number. However I used Birthday Bash layered text, simple choose your text and number, split the layers and colour to match your chosen shaker cake topper colours.

shaker cake topper tutorials

Once sized pull all the layers over the top of each other to ensure they fit, its vital you do this before cutting. Also make sure you colour code your project, I have colour coded in design space and the downloads.

This will ensure all elements of the cut are sent to design space on separate mats.

Layer the images to ensure the project fits

Sending Your Project To Cut

When you click ‘Make It’ to send your project to cut design space will arrange the different colours into mats, it’s important to note which is which, to get your cuts on the correct materials.

Sending the project to design space

It’s also important to change your blade to knife blade for the craft board layer and tape the board to your purple cutting mat to ensure its secure.

Be sure to slide the rollers to the right hand side of the roller bar before you load the poster board, failing to do this could could cause damage or a jam.

The knife blade sets to cut the board over many rotations, I think mine set to around 32 cuts. However please note, you may not need all the cut rotations design space recommends. I didn’t use official Cricut poster board and it did not need as many cuts. As a result it cut through my cutting mat. Next time I will stop about 3/4 of the way through. Also ensure you change the knife blade as soon as you poster board cut finishes and before you load your next mat.

preparing to make your shaker cake topper hot air balloon

Constructing Your Shaker Cake Topper

You can choose to paint the chip board to match the front of the cake topper, however I decided not not.

Heat up the glue gun and start by glueing the chip board frame to the back layer, its a good idea to put all the pieces together first to get them the right way round as there is a right way.

Be quick with the glue gun as it dries quickly, I did mine in two halves.

start by sticking the back to your woodchip frame

Once the glue is dry add the glitter before gluing the perspex layer. Before moving on check the glitter void is fully sealed and no glitter is escaping.

Now add the glitter before adding the acetate top

Now glue the top layer of the balloon to your shaker cake topper.

Now glue on the top layer of your balloon

Next construct any numbers or name you may add and your happy birthday before glueing to the top of your balloon and allow to dry.

How to make a shaker cake topper with glitter on Cricut

Finally push the wooden dowel into the straw so it fits tightly, flatten the end of the straw and glue to the back of the balloon shaker cake topper to secure.

Glue a straw with a wooden skewer inside onto the back of your hot air balloon cake topper

Happy Crafting and please do tag me with your makes on Instagram, I love to see everyones amazing creations.

hot air balloon shaker topper for babies or childs birthday
A Free Shaker Cake Topper PNG Template For Cricut Crafts
hot air balloon shaker topper for babies or childs birthday

How To Make A DIY Shaker Cake Toppers

Yield: 1 Shaker Cake Topper
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: moderate
Estimated Cost: £4.50

How to make a DIY Shaker Cake Topper With Free Template to create a hot air balloon confetti shaker cake topper for childrens birthday cakes and parties.

Materials

  • 12×12 Glitter Card
  • 12×12 Card Stock
  • Heat Resistant Acetate
  • 2ml Craft Board
  • Masking Tape
  • Straws
  • Wooden Dowel
  • Glitter

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Cricut Tools
  • Blue and Purple Cutting Mat
  • Cricut Maker with a Cricut Knife Blade

Instructions

Step 1 Sizing Your Cake Topper In Cricut Design Space

Start by opening the project in Cricut design space, once the project is either uploaded or opened size the project to the size you want your shaker cake topper to be.

The template does not include the number. However I used Birthday Bash layered text, simple choose your text and number, split the layers and colour to match your chosen shaker cake topper colours.

Once sized pull all the layers over the top of each other to ensure they fit, its vital you do this before cutting. Also make sure you colour code your project, I have colour coded in design space and the downloads.

Blue for the top layer, happy birthday and top layer of my number.
Green for the back layer of the balloon and number
Pale Blue for the craft board frame
Cream for the acetate layer
This will ensure all elements of the cut are sent to design space on separate mats.

Layer the images to ensure the project fits

Step 2 Sending Your Project To Cut

When you click ‘Make It’ to send your project to cut design space will arrange the different colours into mats, it’s important to note which is which, to get your cuts on the correct materials.

Sending the project to design space

It’s also important to change your blade to knife blade for the craft board layer and tape the board to your purple cutting mat to ensure its secure.

Step 3 Be sure to slide the rollers to the right hand side of the roller bar before you load the poster board, failing to do this could could cause damage or a jam.

The knife blade sets to cut the board over many rotations, I think mine set to around 32 cuts. However please note, you may not need all the cut rotations design space recommends. I didn’t use official Cricut poster board and it did not need as many cuts. As a result it cut through my cutting mat. Next time I will stop about 3/4 of the way through.

Also ensure you change the knife blade as soon as you poster board cut finishes and before you load your next mat.

preparing to make your shaker cake topper hot air balloon

Step 4 Constructing Your Shaker Cake Topper

You can choose to paint the chip board to match the front of the cake topper, however I decided not not.

Heat up the glue gun and start by glueing the chip board frame to the back layer, its a good idea to put all the pieces together first to get them the right way round as there is a right way.

Be quick with the glue gun as it dries quickly, I did mine in two halves.

start by sticking the back to your woodchip frame

Once the glue is dry add the glitter before gluing the perspex layer. Before moving on check the glitter void is fully sealed and no glitter is escaping.

Now add the glitter before adding the acetate top

Now glue the top layer of the balloon to your shaker cake topper.

Now glue on the top layer of your balloon

Next construct any numbers or name you may add and your happy birthday before glueing to the top of your balloon and allow to dry.

How to make a shaker cake topper with glitter on Cricut

Finally push the wooden dowel into the straw so it fits tightly, flatten the end of the straw and glue to the back of the balloon shaker cake topper to secure.

Glue a straw with a wooden skewer inside onto the back of your hot air balloon cake topper

Notes

If You Don’t Have A Cricut Maker?

If you don’t have a Cricut Maker and can’t cut craft board, try using thick card and layering it to create a void for your glitter. I would suggest a delivery box as that is quite thick, but still cuttable. If you do struggle, cut a guide and use a craft knife.

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