DIY Weddings: Cake Topper Ideas and Projects

Here are some fantastic ideas for custom cake toppers in a variety of themes. Cake toppers can be an easy and fun project for the wedding party to help out on.
By: Jeanine Hays and Keri Sanders
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Just Beachy

Fun for a wedding on the coast or great for a couple who simply loves the beach, a couple of brightly-painted beach chairs look just right on top of Design Star Meg Caswell's "sandy" wedding cake.

Love Birds

These adorable fabric birds can be custom made or you can order a kit to create your own. The bird stands can also be personalized and the bride and grooms attire can even be duplicated on the birdies.

Party Flags

A simple project that makes a big (and sparkly!) statement, these easy-to-make party flags from Something Turquoise are the perfect cake toppers to really get guests in the celebratory mood.

Picture Perfect

Bring old-school charm to the reception with fun polaroid shots of the bride and groom, like this creative cake shot by Jenny Ebert Photography.

Toy Toppers

It may be your wedding day, but that doesn't mean you can't act like a kid! Choose a favorite toy from the past (LEGOs? Barbies? Matchbox cars?), and adorn your cake with them for a fun, personal touch.

Cultural Toppers

These peg dolls dressed in traditional African clothing are a great fit for the bride and groom who are celebrating their heritage. Toppers can be customized in an Indian sari, Scottish kilts, Japanese kimonos and more. You can custom order these toppers or purchase a kit to make your own. Design by Creative Butterfly XOX

Paper Flowers

For a gorgeous floral wedding cake topper that you can keep for years to come, why not try your hand at an arrangement made of painted tissue paper? Get the instructions here.

Wire Writing

Save money and create an impressive wire design for the top of your cake that looks like a million bucks. Get the step-by-step instructions

Keep It Simple

If you're going for a rustic vibe, sometimes basic is the best way to go, as was the case with this simple cake that features two unpainted wooden pegs and DIY bunting.

Deer-ly Beloved

Another adorable option is this cute deer couple, complete with bowtie and veil. Find this sweet pair at MorganTheCreator's Etsy shop.


Using strips of colorful craft paper, toothpicks and a glue gun, you can create cupcake pinwheel toppers. For a vintage twist, personalize your cupcake toppers with antique buttons — maybe a few from your mother's wedding dress. Learn how to make these. Design by Kellan Studios.

Fresh Blooms

Great for a spring wedding, fresh flowers are an easy way to add color and texture to your cake in a natural, organic way. Edible flowers such as lavender or violets are the perfect choice!

Peg People DIY Kit

Custom order a set of these peg dolls to be a perfect match of you and your betrothed. They are hand-painted with non-toxic paint. For those who would like to create their own custom peg doll, Goose Grease offers DIY cake topper kits.

Put a Bird on It

A darling pair of love birds wearing a top hat and veil are a sweet addition to this three-tiered amaretto cake.

Inseparable Insects

Don't bug out. This cute grasshopper duo is just a plastic version of its happily-hopping counterpart, and it would make the perfect out-of-the-box topper for a nature-loving couple.

Icing on the Cake

This yummy-looking cake by Umpleby’s Bakery & Café in Hanover, New Hampshire proves that simple roses made of icing can be just as stunning as a pricey, store-bought cake topper. Bonus: this version is totally edible!

Paper Likeness

For pieces that are reflective of you and your partner, Concarta offers customized paper sculptures designed to match your likeness, down to every detail, including the flowers. Simply send a photo of you and your partner and include any special details about your wedding. Design by Angela Belt.

Winter Wonderland

For a holiday wedding, create a winter wonderland on top of your cake. Made from ice-cream cones and sugar candy, these trees would make any cake sparkle. Download the instructions. Design by The Cake Blog.

Country Chic

If your style is more western than beachy, these mini log chairs might be more up your alley. You can find these cute chairs and more like them at MorganTheCreator's Etsy shop.

In Season

Another great idea for a holiday wedding is adorning your cake with a cluster of decadent and delicious sugared cranberries, an unexpected bright bit of color that tastes like candy. Get the recipe here.

Candied Catchphrase

A cute and sweet message in a bonbon is a great way to top your DIY wedding cake. Just glue your message to a toothpick, insert it in the candy, and place your candy on top of the cake. Voila!

Letter Toppers

For a simple cake topper with a touch of glamour, create these glitter monograms. Use the first-name initials of the happy couple to celebrate their union. Design by Evie S.

Clay Critters

Learn to make your own custom wedding cake toppers in any shape you like using polymer clay. Try two darling mice as seen here, or invent your own cake topper masterpiece. Get directions here.

Fun With Flags

This cake couldn't be any cuter with its flag cake topper and adorable bunting climbing all the way up the cake.