How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers


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It’s truly hard for me to imagine, but we are about to celebrate my youngest graduating from high school.

Just typing those words is hard.

If you’ve been a reader of this blog from the beginning, then you know that this isn’t our first high school graduation rodeo. You also know that I’m crazy about this girl and it’s unfathomable that she is heading off to college in the fall.

This might be harder than when her brother graduated… if that’s even possible.

Rather than thinking about the fact that my baby is growing-up, I’m choosing the road of denial and focusing on making her big day extra special. We have numerous end of year activities, graduation announcements going out, and of course, a grad party in the works.

Thankfully Spellbinders is helping me out with the decorations. I’m working with their Platinum 8 die cut machine and putting together Graduation Cupcake Toppers for our guests.

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Back before ever having children I studied to be an elementary school teacher. And as much as I enjoyed working with kids, one of my favorite things about visiting the schools was getting to play with the die cut machines. I loved it when a teacher would task me with putting together a bulletin board because it meant letting my creativity loose with a die cut machine. I was extremely happy to oblige.

Now that I have one of my own… it’s pretty amazing to say the least!

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

The great thing about the Spellbinders machine is that you can literally pull it out of the box and begin crafting. It’s super easy to use and there’s no software involved.

Supplies for Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Graduation Cupcake Toppers:

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Trim black and printed paper to 3”x 3” squares. You’ll need 2 black squares and 1 print square

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Stack your die cut on top of the clear cut plate face up. Add 1 black square on top of the diamond die cut and a black square and the print square to the circle die cut. Cover with a second clear cut plate and insert into your Spellbinder machine

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Crank the handle feeding the stacked plates through the machine.

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

You will end up with 2 circles and one diamond for your graduation cap.

Note that you can stack more squares of paper than what I’ve mentioned to punch out several of these cake toppers at one time. However, to eliminate any confusion, I’m giving instructions for how to create one cake topper.

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Assemble Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Once you have all of your die cuts, it’s time to put the cake topper together. Starting with the cap, use a piece of scrap paper to cut a small rectangle and glue the cap to this. Here is what the backside should look like.

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Glue graduation cap to printed circle.

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Glue toothpick to the back side of the printed circle and cover with the black circle for a finished back.

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Add graduation embellishments and a dot punched from metallic paper for the center of the cap.

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Place on top of your cupcake for a pretty graduation party treat!

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

During a busy party season, these cupcake toppers are a super easy way to dress-up store bought treats. Smart and delicious!

How to Make Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Have you ever made cupcake toppers? Are you attending any grad parties this season? Who’s ready for the end of the school year? Let me know in the comments below.