Cupcake Toppers And Holders Tutorial with Templates Using Photoshop

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Cupcake Toppers And Holders Tutorial with Templates Using Photoshop

I have seen so many beautiful party design sets lately and wanted to play around and make some more of my own. I went through a cupcake topper stage awhile ago and looking back, I really shouldn’t have shared the ones I did. Although these I’m sharing today are not high end by any means they are meant to more or less show you how to create your own. I’m going to show you how to make cupcake toppers, flags, and holders in this one post as well as include a few templates and a Photoshop shape set I made to help in this process.

First let’s start with cupcake toppers. These are by far the easiest way to turn cupcakes in to fabulous. You can make a party theme look great with just the addition of these little circles. I do not yet have a scrapbook circle hole punch but you can cut them out with scissors just as easy… okay not as easy but it’s an easy alternative for those of us who do not have a circle punch.

The template we will use for the toppers is this page of circles. The download is a .png transparent file. You can use this a guide in Photoshop or Gimp. Using the selection tool on a new layer, you can select the inside of the circle and paste or fill a pattern. Below I am going to share a Photoshop shape set with a few decorative frames to use as well. I have shared scrapbooking digital papers in other posts that you can use to fill in the circles to make a back color and layer with a frame or image.


I layered a digital scrapbooking pattern I made with the frames I made and some text to create these Valentine’s Day Cupcake toppers. I’ll include these in a pack with the other things I made during writing this tutorial at the bottom. Note: In order to use pattern fill you have to download pattern files. You can find pattern sets on the internet or make your own by clicking EDIT at the top and defining pattern. This can be tricky so I may make a new tutorial for this sometime in the future. For now you can find out more from Adobe about patterns. As you can see from my image I have been playing around with patterns a good bit here lately. Pick your pattern and click the inside of your circle.

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Once you get your circle filled in you can decorate it. I used this shape set I made that contains 13 shapes. If you have had experience using shapes, just place these in your shape folder. If you need a little refresher on shapes or want to know how to make your own try this link.


I used one of the above shapes to layer on my cupcake circle. I then followed that with a white fill inside the shape. In order to fill a shape you have to rasterize the layer. To do this right click on the layer and click rasterize the layer. And you end up with is a page of pretty colorful cupcake toppers. This is where you print them out on your printer and go look for the scissors the kids have probably hidden. After a 15 minute search and coming up with only a pair of kid’s safety scissors, cut out your circles and tape toothpicks or plastic straws to the back of them as shown in this horrible phone photo taken at 6 in the morning.


Now with your cupcake toppers finished, you can move on to the cupcake holders. Using the same principles with this template. The lines came out a little darker than I had hoped but they work.

Using the same tactics and patterns you can create your matching holders to go with your toppers like these.


Print and cut out your holders. Wrap around and tape close. Place cupcake in middle. I would show a picture of this but I don’t really want to bake and decorate cupcakes at 6 a.m. and no natural lighting would make them look awful anyway. Check me out on Instagram and you may see the cupcakes dressed up later.

Now we can move on to flags. I’m not going to share a template of these because you can use the shapes above to create flags in the colors and sizes you need. I will show you the ones I made for this project to give you an idea of where I went. Flags can be made shorter as well. These just need to be cut out and folded ends together around toothpicks or straws.


And there you have it. Next time I’ll do a tutorial of banners but for now I would love to see any cupcake toppers you make. Share them with me on Instagram by tagging me @miniaturemasterminds or using the #miniaturemasterminds.

And if you want the set made for this tutorial, just click this download below!

Cupcake Toppers And Holders Tutorial with Templates



Robin Rue (@massholemommy) · January 20, 2016 at 7:31 am

Those are all so cute. Now I am in the mood to go bake some cupcakes!

valmg @ From Val's Kitchen · January 20, 2016 at 9:18 am

These are adorable! They’d bring a nice pop of color to cupcakes for a class or group party.

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle · January 20, 2016 at 9:38 am

Those look so great! There really isn’t any limit to what you can do in Photoshop. Thanks for sharing these, as well. Love them so much!

Chubskulit Rose · January 20, 2016 at 10:05 am

Those are some great design for cake toppers. I have a photoshop but I haven’t really use it. Thanks for the idea.

Heather Johnson · January 20, 2016 at 10:19 am

What an easy and simple idea! Buying cupcake decorations is so expensive, so I love the idea of making my own.

lisa · January 20, 2016 at 11:36 am

These are all really great ideas for making cupcake toppers. I love the different shapes you can use!

Jeanette · January 20, 2016 at 12:20 pm

This would be perfect for my son’s Valentine’s Day party at his school! I have been trying to find something to put on top of the cupcakes I want to make this is beautiful for that.

Annemarie LeBlanc · January 20, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Thanks for the ideas. It is now easier for me to make those cupcake toppers when I know where to get templates!

Travel Blogger · January 20, 2016 at 3:37 pm

This is so awesome! I am going to do this for Valentine’s Day. What a cute way to dress up your cupcakes!

Eileen · January 20, 2016 at 6:06 pm

Cute ideas. I’m bookmarking this so I can get back to it when the need arises that I have to make cupcakes for a special occasion.

Miles L. · January 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm

I’ve trying to learn how to use the complex Photoshop software. Thanks for these free templates.

Life as a Convert · January 20, 2016 at 6:40 pm

These are cute! I’ve created similar cupcake toppers, but not using photoshop. I like how this is a template.

Julie @ Running in a Skirt · January 20, 2016 at 8:11 pm

Genius! I’m bookmarking this for future parties! Thanks for the useful printable!

Liz Mays · January 20, 2016 at 8:57 pm

Aww, these are so cute. I’d love to top some cupcakes with these for a family Valentine’s Day party.

MyTeenGuide · January 20, 2016 at 9:38 pm

Those are pretty cupcake toppers. I am saving this to use later. Thanks for sharing!

ricci · January 20, 2016 at 10:31 pm

I have always wondered how people make those adorable cupcake topper and now I know!! Great post!!

Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey · January 21, 2016 at 4:52 am

These look adorable! Great templates, I better start learning PhotoShop. I’m saving this, this would come very handy in preparing my boys’ birthdays!

victoria · January 21, 2016 at 5:11 am

These are all great! thanks for sharing your idea. cupcakes design was so expensive, I’m so glad you share it i can use it for any occasions.

Jeanine · January 21, 2016 at 10:07 am

I love this. I haven’t ever made my own toppers but I didn’t even realize it was as a easy as it is. I’ll have to give it a try!

OurFamilyWorld · January 21, 2016 at 10:24 am

These are pretty. I’ve never tried making my own cupcake toppers. Now I can easily print them.

Lynndee · January 21, 2016 at 11:42 am

Those are really cute. I’ve been wanting to get photoshop and learn how to use it. Thanks for these.

Chelsea · January 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

These are so cute! I usually am not a baker, but will have to make an exception for these. My family would get a kick out of these cupcakes for sure.

Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy · January 21, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Super smart idea for Valentines Day. I love them!

Ashley Whipple · January 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Thanks for sharing the patterns! I love all the fun stuff you can do in Photoshop.

Erica Brooks · January 21, 2016 at 5:44 pm

These cupcake holders are so cute. Thanks for the templates.

Ickle Pickle · January 21, 2016 at 5:56 pm

This is such a great idea, thank you for sharing. My children would love to make some cupcakes for them. Kaz

Bonnie @wemake7 · January 21, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Those are a really cute idea. I think I may use these this Valentines Day.

victoria · January 22, 2016 at 2:05 am

What a amazing idea. Cupcake design was so expensive for me. But because of this idea i can make a lot of cupcakes design.

Michele · January 22, 2016 at 5:13 am

What a great way to decorate cupcakes and make them stand out from the crowd. These would be great for any themed party–not only Valentine’s Day.

Crystal Lopez · January 22, 2016 at 9:52 am

These are adorable! What an awesome tutorial for making your own toppers which is super easy and perfect for accenting just about anything!

Jacqui Odell · January 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

Those are so cute! I honestly never thought about using photo shop to do do these things, but you made it look easy!

Lisa Rios · January 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm

My husband is in to graphic media & he is good in Photoshop related works & I try to learn something from him when I am free. This is a wonderful tutorial which I guess I can try on my own to check out my skills to get those creative toppers & holders.

CourtneyLynne · January 23, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Oooooo what a fun and cleaver tutorial! Photoshop can be tricky sometimes so I love learning tips like this!

Ashleigh · January 24, 2016 at 2:41 am

What a great tutorial! I love using photoshop to make things, never thought of making these.

Krystal · January 26, 2016 at 1:05 pm

I love getting creative on Photoshop and these banners will be so helpful to get me started. I am loving how you designed them!

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