Today I am going to show you how to create DIY diamond cupcake toppers, perfect for your bachelorette party or bridal shower. I am sure you have seen diamond cupcake toppers for sale on etsy (In fact you can see two of my favorites here and here). But now thanks to the Cricut Maker and knife blade you can easily make these diamond cupcake toppers yourself using chipboard. Read on below to learn how to make these DIY diamond cupcake toppers.
What You Will Need:
Calibrate Your Knife Blade
If this is your first project with the Cricut knife blade you first need to calibrate your blade. Click on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of Design Space. A drop down menu will appear. Click on the link that says calibrate and follow the steps for the knife blade.Chipboard is much thicker than vinyl or cardstock so before cutting you need to prepare your machine. Simply slide the four white wheels off to the right of your machine. If you don’t they may create dents in your project as the material is so thick.Next use painters tape to secure the chipboard to your strong grip mat. You need to make sure to press your chipboard firmly down on the grip mat or the blade will not go completely through. If you plan on making a lot of chipboard projects I suggest purchasing a brayer to help.Okay, now that you are done preparing it is finally time to cut! Click Here to open our diamond cupcake topper file directly into Design Space. The file is already the ideal size for cupcake or donut toppers so go ahead and press the make it button.
When cutting chipboard your Cricut will automatically default to 20 passes. This is too many passes for this project. Watch the screen and once your Cricut has reached 11 passes it is finished. Simply press the pause button and remove your mat from the machine. From my experience, if you leave the chipboard to complete 20 passes it starts shredding.
Knife Blade Tip:
If your project is not cutting all the way through the chipboard remove the knife blade and check it. I am embarrassed to admit that I cut several samples and was frustrated that none were cutting through. I finally thought to check the knife blade and wouldn’t you know it – a big chunk of chipboard had come off and was blocking the blade! Remove your diamond cupcake topper from your grip mat. Use Decou-Page to seal your DIY chipboard cupcake topper. Chipboard is very porous so this is an important step if you would like to paint it.Next paint your DIY diamond cupcake topper using soft gold metallic paint. I love this shade of gold by Deco Art as it applies thick and looks nice and shiny when dry. Plus it comes in a nice big jar so you can make lots of wedding projects!To finish your DIY chipboard topper apply one last coat of glossy sealer. This sealer is non-toxic but not FDA approved food safe. If you are worried I would leave the stick of your cupcake topper unpainted to be safe.