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CAKE TOPPER DIY with spun cotton shapes

Easy DIY cake toppers - spun cotton

How to create almost any cake topper figurine with spun cotton shapes

A very easy way to make your own unique cake toppers is to use spun cotton shapes as your base materials. Spun cotton shapes all have a little hole at the bottom where a toothpick can be inserted.

Spun cotton shapes come in many forms and sizes: balls, bells, peg dolls, mushrooms…. They can be painted with most art materials: paint, crayons, markers…They can also be glued to each other.

With spun cotton shapes, it’s easy to create customized and unique cake toppers for weddings, birthdays, celebrations… Here is a simple tutorial with step by step directions.

Easy DIY cake toppers - princess

 A very cute princess cupcake topper.
(materials: blank spun cotton peg doll – toothpick – paint)

Spun cotton shapes come in many different forms (balls, bells, eggs, half balls, mushrooms, peg dolls…).

blank unpainted cake topper figurines

 A few blank (unpainted) spun cotton peg dolls.
Like all spun cotton shapes (balls, bells, mushrooms…), they have a hole at the bottom.


To make cake toppers out of spun cotton shapes, only a few materials are required:

  • Spun cotton shapes. Spun cotton peg dolls work great for this specific project. However, other shapes could be used as well (mushrooms, eggs…)
  • Paint and brushes. Any paint can be used on spun cotton. However, since the toppers will be in close proximity to food, we recommend non-toxic paint.
  • A pencil to outline the cake toppers before painting.
  • A black pen to draw facial features (black paint and a small brush can also be used for those who feel comfortable painting small details).
  • Toothpicks.
  • Optional: non-toxic clear coat finish such as mod podge.

Step by step directions

Step 1: select your spun cotton shape(s)

To make a princess or a bride and groom, spun cotton peg dolls work great because they are already shaped like people. However, spun cotton mushrooms could be used to go on a Christmas cake. And spun cotton eggs could be used to go on an Easter cake…

Step 2: paint your toppers

Any paint that would work on paper would also work on spun cotton. The following post offers a few painting tips:


Step 3: display the toppers on the cake or cupcake

Use toothpicks to display the toppers. Spun cotton shapes all have little holes at the bottom.

blank unfinished cake topper

 Spun cotton shapes all have little holes at the bottom

Tips and tricks

  • Keeping the shapes on a stick makes painting easy. A bamboo skewer works great.
Kokeshi cake topper DIY

 A Kokeshi cake topper.
It’s fast and easy to paint the shapes on a stick. 

  • To let your painted toppers dry, simply rest the sticks in a container such as a tall glass.
  • For the toppers to last for years, it’s a good idea to protect them with a clear coat finish. Mod podge works great and is non-toxic.

CAKE TOPPERS – Project examples

wedding cake toppers easy DIY

 Bride and groom. Painted spun cotton peg dolls.
A very cute wedding cake topper DIY idea.

This is it. I hope you enjoyed this cake topper DIY idea!

As usual, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch or to leave a comment. Happy crafting!

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