So occasionally I still CRAFT, yup, I don’t spend ALL my time in the kitchen… Although this craft was FOR a food item… so I’m not sure if that counts as really stepping away! These Glitter name toppers would be cute in pretty much ANYTHING, cake, cupckaes, doughnuts… even something NON food related… but why? I used them in these raspberry curd tarts.
SOOOO custom name toppers are actually quite popular in cakes these days, I see them all though my intagram feed when I’m browsing other cake decorators. BUT all of them are buying them from businesses, they are either wood or plastic and cut with a very precise laser. Now I don’t have a laser lying around, and I don’t like spending money on stuff if I don’t have to. SO I reached out to Cricut (they are local to me) and asked if they thought their Explore Air could be a good substitute for a laser.
I ran by their offices and worked out a plan. We tried quite a few different options, trying to come up with one that was thick enough to stand, but still be delicate and not too difficult to put together. I ended up creating a 6 layered topper using
- 2 sheets of Glitter cardstock
- 2 sheets of poster board (not foam boards, not the stiff stuff, but the thicker than card stock stuff)
- cricut explore air
- cricut explore deep cut blade
- spray adhesive
Start by using the spray adhesive to glue the two sheets of glitter cardstock to one sheet of poster board, then cut the 2nd poster board in half and glut the two halves together. THEN cut into 12/12 squares. You want to spray then stick right away for permanent adhesiveness and give the adhesive a full hour to dry.
Now on your computer you need to design the name toppers. The font I picked, Melika, is super delicate so the first thing I did, after writing out the name I wanted, was to thicken it, then I added a long line, about 4 inches, somewhere in the center of each name. I saved it as a png and moved on to the next name. After creating all the names I wanted I created a 12×12 inch spread of the names, putting them close but not too close together, also saved as a png. Then I uploaded them into cricut design and got ready to cut.
I needed to create a custom material for this. I selected a cut pressure of 340, with a 2x multicut and using the deep cut blade. Then I inserted the mat with my thick square on it and hit cut! DON’T FORGET one glitter paper you leave the names right side out, for the SECOND sheet of glitter paper make sure to mirror the text, so it cuts the BACK SIDE of the name.
Once they are cut you’ll still have three separate pieces for each name, 2 glitter one double poster board. Using the spray adhesive again your going to spray and stick the three pieces together. It’s slightly tricky but better to only do it twice than with all 6 layers, right?
IF you want it stronger for thicker desserts I sometimes glue a skewer in between the glitter layers, ripping or cutting off the long stem from the middle layer to make room for the skewer.
AND just like that your done! Now these golden name toppers are PERFECT for your OSCARS party! YAY!!! who loves a good gold, black and white party with amazing food? I DO! The Oscars are always a great reason to dress up and throw a fancy party. Here are 10 more fun recipes, printables and crafts to help you host the PERFECT Oscars Party!
Chocolate Dipped Pears from Around My Family Table
The Brown Derby from Bread Booze Bacon
Glitter Name Topper from Ashlee Marie
Printable Oscar Party Bingo Game from Play. Party. Plan.
Glitter & Gold Popcorn from Mom’s Messy Miracles
Oscar Party Printable Invitations from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff
Garlic Parmesan Wonton Crisps from Love Bakes Good Cakes
Sun Dried Tomato, Pesto & Garlic Bites from Home.Made.Interest.
Oscars Winners Ballot from Sweet Rose Studio
Swag Bag and Oscar Award from Life Anchored
Champagne Jello Shots from Sugar & Soul