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15 Minute Crafts: Custom Cake Toppers

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With some Mod Podge and a few inches of ribbon you can create custom cake toppers for any occasion!

I am a ribbon hoarder. There. I said it. I use them for everything from card making to gift wrapping to home decor – but when I discovered how to stiffen them with Mod Podge it was a total game changer! {FTC Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a commission with any purchase – at no additional cost to you.}

15 Minute Crafts: Custom Cake Toppers

These will need to dry for several hours or overnight – but only take about 10 minutes to prep and five minutes to finish. You only need a few inches of ribbon for each topper, so this would be a great way to use up your scraps!


paint, mod podge, ribbon and other supplies for custom cake toppers


  1. Cut ribbon to assorted lengths and trim edges as desired. Coat with Mod Podge and let dry. Want to make wavy flags? We cut paper straws in to fourths and shaped the ribbon over the straws.
mod podge on ribbon

2. Paint the tops of the sticks in assorted colors. Let dry.

painting tops of rock candy sticks

3. Once dry, apply hot glue to the straight edge of each ribbon, place stick along edge and fold over. Hold in place for 15 seconds or until glue cools.

hot glue on edge of ribbon

4. Add to your cake or cupcakes and enjoy!

slice of cake with ribbon toppers

cake with custom cake flag toppers

custom cake flag topper in cake

Looking for more great ideas? We’ve been sharing easy patriotic projects all this week – and you can head on over to these fabulous bloggers for even more 15 minute craft ideas!

Also, if you are looking for a great resource for DIY summer craft tutorials, then check out All Free Holiday Crafts! I have some of my projects posted there, but you can find tons of amazing DIYs to make for a variety of holidays (like the 4th of July)!

patriotic craft projects collage


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