Learn how to make this Birthday Shaker Cake Topper all with the help of your Cricut machine! You won’t believe how easy it is to put together!

How to Make a Birthday Shaker Cake Topper with Your Cricut or Silhouette

Greetings, crafty friends! I have the CUTEST project for you! My DIY Birthday Shaker Cake Topper is such a colorful treat. You can customize it to match your birthday party theme. They are especially cute on cakes with sprinkles on them!

Keep on reading to get the full tutorial so you can make one of your very own! Everyone loves a handmade element for their birthday celebrations.

Learn how to make this Birthday Shaker Cake Topper all with the help of your Cricut machine! You won’t believe how easy it is to put together!

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How to Make Your Very Own Birthday Shaker Cake Topper

Here are the full instructions to this beautiful DIY Birthday Shaker Cake Topper. PLUS, I’ve included a video tutorial that shows you each step – so if you’re more of a visual learner, you can follow along!

Supplies

Cardstock and acetate cut-outs, freshly cut by a Cricut machine and other supplies required to make Birthday Shaker Cake Toppers.

Instructions

Begin by downloading the Birthday Shaker Cake Topper SVG and upload it to Design Space for cutting.

Once everything is cut, gather all of the required supplies, including your cut-outs. For the cut-outs, you will need 2 pieces of cardstock (one color, the solid outline design) and other 2 pieces of cardstock (the striped design), and 2 pieces of acetate.

Supplies needed to complete DIY Birthday Shaker Cake Topper

Once you have all the required supplies and pieces, start assembling! For this project you are going to want to work from back to front. Start with your solid outline design, and glue a striped design on top. The multi-liquid glue is best for securing the two pieces. (Pro tip: You don’t need too much glue for this. I recommend dabbing it just along the edges of your sold design piece!)

Dabbing liquid glue on the back of a blue piece of cardstock, cut out as the number “1” with the help of our Cricut machine
Dabbing liquid glue on the back of a blue piece of cardstock, cut out as the number “1” with the help of our Cricut machine
Adding gold cardstock in the shape of the number “1” on top of blue cardstock in the shape of “1”
Adding gold cardstock in the shape of the number “1” on top of blue cardstock in the shape of “1”

Next, add one of the acetate pieces on top of your two newly-secured cardstock pieces. To do so, add crafter’s tape along the edges of the top cardstock and then gently place the acetate right on top.

Adding crafter’s tape on gold cardstock shaped like the number “1”
Adding acetate piece to our Birthday Shaker Cake Topper Cricut project
Adding acetate piece to our Birthday Shaker Cake Topper Cricut project

This is where the foam tape comes in handy! Take the foam tape and place it along all the edges and lines of your secured cut-outs. Cut and trim where necessary. (Pro tip: it doesn’t have to look perfect because nobody is going  to see it. However, try to make it so that there aren’t any gaps along the edges and lines.)

A roll of foam tape to add to the acetate layer of our Birthday Cake Topper Cricut project
Adding foam tape along the edges and lines of our Birthday Cake Shaker Topper, right on top of the acetate layer
Adding foam tape along the edges and lines of our Birthday Cake Shaker Topper, right on top of the acetate layer
Adding foam tape along the edges and lines of our Birthday Cake Shaker Topper, right on top of the acetate layer
Adding foam tape along the edges and lines of our Birthday Cake Shaker Topper, right on top of the acetate layer

Next, fill the spaces between each diagonal foam line with the microbeads. You can use any colors that you like!

To get a better handle of the microbeads, you can use a ¼ teaspoon from your kitchen. You can also use a small piece of cardstock that’s slightly curved – it acts as a mini scoop! (Pro tip: Made a mess with your microbeads? No sweat! Once you’re done your project, use tape to clean up all the microbeads that got left behind on your work station!)

A piece of cardstock folded so that it acts as a mini scoop for filling our cake topper project with microbeads
A close up photo of orange microbeads
A close-up of the Birthday Shaker project with the foam tape carefully applied
Scooping green microbeads into folded cardstock
Filling up Birthday Shakers with microbeads
Scooping orange microbeads into folded cardstock
Filling up Birthday Shakers with microbeads

Next, carefully remove the backing from the foam tape. You may find that using tweezers helps tremendously for this step.

Removing backing from foam tape using fine tweezers
Removing backing from foam tape using fine tweezers

Once the foam tape backing is removed, carefully place the second acetate cut-out on top. Be sure to press down on all the areas where there is foam tape. This ensures that all of the microbeads will stay within the shaker.

Adding acetate layer on top of foam tape
Adding acetate layer on top of foam tape

Flip over the second striped cut-out and place craft tape along its edges.

Adding crafter’s tape to the back of striped cardstock layer

Once the edges are covered in craft tape, flip back over and gently place it on top of the acetate layer.

Adding striped layer on top of project

Flip over the final piece (it should be the cardstock outline) and add craft tape along its edges. Flip back over to its right side and secure gently on top of your birthday shaker.

Adding crafter’s tape to the back of blue cardstock layer
Adding blue layer on top of project

Flip over the entire project and have your glue gun handy. Trim each of the wooden sticks to the length that’s most appropriate for your cake (you don’t want it to be the entire height of the cake, but long enough to provide support for your topper).

Adding hot glue on the bottom corners of backside of Cricut project

Place some hot glue on the bottom corners of the birthday shaker. Attach the wooden craft sticks on the glued corners.

Adding wooden craft sticks on glued corners

Allow for all the glue to dry before inserting into your cake. Enjoy and happy birthday!

Learn how to make this Birthday Shaker Cake Topper all with the help of your Cricut machine! You won’t believe how easy it is to put together!
Learn how to make this Birthday Shaker Cake Topper all with the help of your Cricut machine! You won’t believe how easy it is to put together!
Learn how to make this Birthday Shaker Cake Topper all with the help of your Cricut machine! You won’t believe how easy it is to put together!
Learn how to make this Birthday Shaker Cake Topper all with the help of your Cricut machine! You won’t believe how easy it is to put together!
Learn how to make this Birthday Shaker Cake Topper all with the help of your Cricut machine! You won’t believe how easy it is to put together!

How to Make a Birthday Shaker Cake Topper

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This Birthday Shaker Cake topper is absolutely adorable. Plus, did you know that it’s made all thanks to my Cricut?! Learn how to make one of your own!   

Instructions

  1. Begin by downloading the Birthday Shaker Cake Topper SVG and upload it to Design Space for cutting.
  2. Once everything is cut, gather all of the required supplies, including your cut-outs. For the cut-outs, you will need 2 pieces of cardstock (one color, the solid outline design) and other 2 pieces of cardstock (the striped design), and 2 pieces of acetate.
  3. Once you have all the required supplies and pieces, start assembling! For this project you are going to want to work from
    back to front. Start with your solid outline design, and glue a striped design on top. The multi-liquid glue is best for securing the two pieces. (Pro tip: You don’t need too much glue for this. I recommend dabbing it just along the edges of your sold design piece!)
  4. Next, add one of the acetate pieces on top of your two newly-secured cardstock pieces. To do so, add crafter’s tape along the edges of the top cardstock and then gently place the acetate right on top.
  5. This is where the foam tape comes in handy! Take the foam tape and place it along all the edges and lines of your secured cut-outs. Cut and trim where necessary. (Pro tip: it doesn’t have to look perfect because nobody is going  to see it. However, try to make it so that there aren’t any gaps along the edges and lines.)
  6. Next, fill the spaces between each diagonal foam line with the microbeads. You can use any colors that you like!
  7. To get a better handle of the microbeads, you can use a ¼ teaspoon from your kitchen. You can also use a small piece of
    cardstock that’s slightly curved - it acts as a mini scoop! (Pro tip: Made a mess with your microbeads? No sweat! Once you’re done your project, use tape to clean up all the microbeads that got left behind on your work station!)
  8. Next, carefully remove the backing from the foam tape. You may find that using tweezers helps tremendously for this step.
  9. Once the foam tape backing is removed, carefully place the second acetate cut-out on top. Be sure to press down on all
    the areas where there is foam tape. This ensures that all of the microbeads will stay within the shaker.
  10. Flip over the second striped cut-out and place craft tape along its edges.
  11. Once the edges are covered in craft tape, flip back over and gently place it on top of the acetate layer.
  12. Flip over the final piece (it should be the cardstock outline) and add craft tape along its edges. Flip back over to its right side and secure gently on top of your birthday shaker.
  13. Flip over the entire project and have your glue gun handy. Trim each of the wooden sticks to the length that’s most appropriate for your cake (you don’t want it to be the entire height of the
    cake, but long enough to provide support for your topper).
  14. Place some hot glue on the bottom corners of the birthday shaker. Attach the wooden craft sticks on the glued corners.

Learn how to make this Birthday Shaker Cake Topper all with the help of your Cricut machine! You won’t believe how easy it is to put together!
Learn how to make this Birthday Shaker Cake Topper all with the help of your Cricut machine! You won’t believe how easy it is to put together!
Learn how to make this Birthday Shaker Cake Topper all with the help of your Cricut machine! You won’t believe how easy it is to put together!
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