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How to Make Cupcake Toppers from Vintage Cards or Other Pictures


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These cute DIY cupcake toppers made from vintage Valentine's Day cards are an inexpensive, easy and fun way to make the dessert table at a kids' party more festive.

Megan Cooley

So you say your cake decorating skills aren't up to par, but you don't want to pay a bakery to make cupcakes for your kid's party? These DIY cupcake toppers made from vintage Valentine's Day cards are a frugal, easy way to make a dessert table more festive.

You can follow these same basic steps for any celebration for kids. Use images from vintage cards on Valentine's Day, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, the Fourth of July or other holidays. For a birthday party, print out photos of your child or pictures that match the party's theme, such as images of automobiles for a car party or pictures of animals for a zoo bash.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 20-30 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Search the Internet for images that match your party's theme. Flickr.com is a great resource. Simply type in a search phrase, such as "vintage Valentines," and you'll see several options you can save to your desktop.
  2. Insert four of the images you've saved into a Word document. Save the document. Insert cardstock or other sturdy paper in your printer. Print as many copies of the document as you will need.
  3. Cut out the images from the paper.
  4. Tape the images to toothpicks. You can either use regular tape or a sticker if you'd like the back side of the cupcake topper to look attractive, too. Another option is to cut a piece of construction paper that's the same shape as the cupcake topper image and glue the two pieces together with the toothpick sandwiched in between.
  5. Insert the toothpicks into the cupcakes.


  1. Copying images from Flickr or other sources is perfectly acceptable if the cupcake toppers are for personal use, but in most cases it's illegal to use the images if you plan to sell the product you're making.
  2. If you don't see the images you want online, look through books at the library.

What You Need

  • Computer with Internet access and a printer
  • Cardstock or other sturdy paper
  • Scissors, either with straight or scalloped blades
  • Toothpicks
  • Either Scotch tape or stickers
  • Optional: construction paper
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