These hot air balloon cupcake picks are super simple to make and are great for bridal showers, anniversary celebrations, weddings, birthdays, and more!
My husband and I recently celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary and I wanted to make him a special dinner. For the dessert I served lemon cupcakes that were decorated with these pretty handmade hot air balloon cupcake toppers. They were a great ending to our special anniversary dinner!
I think these Love is in the Air hot air balloon picks would be super cute for bridal shower cupcakes. In fact, I think the whole Love is in the Air / Hot Air Balloon would be a great theme for a bridal shower in general. You could also use these cupcake toppers for anniversary celebrations, weddings, birthdays, and more!
Hot Air Balloon Cupcake Picks Supply List
Stampin Up Lift Me Up Stamp SetClassic Label Paper PunchLayering Circles Die SetPlastic Food PicksBirthday Memories Designer Series PaperPersonal Die Cut MachineReal Red Ink PadWhisper White CardstockSnail AdhesiveMini Glue DotsLinen Thread
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Hot Air Balloon Cupcake Topper Instructions
Start by using Real Red ink to stamp 2 of the smaller hot air balloons from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set on to Whisper White cardstock. Then stamp 2 of the Love is in the Air sentiments, also using Real Red ink. You are going to be using a paper punch to cut out the sentiments for these hot air balloon cupcake toppers, so you want to stamp the sentiments near the bottom of the paper.
For each hot air balloon cupcake topper, you will need to stamp 2 hot air balloons and 2 of the sentiments.
Turn the Classic Label Punch over to the backside and insert the cardstock with the stamped sentiments. By turning the punch upside down, you will be able to see exactly where you will be cutting so the Love is in the Air sentiment is perfectly centered. Repeat for the second stamped sentiment.
Use the 1-5/8″ circle die from the Layering Circles die set to cut out the hot air balloons.
Use the 2″ scalloped circle die from the Layering Circles die set to cut out 2 pieces from the striped patterned paper. For this hot air balloon cupcake topper tutorial, I used patterned paper from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper Pack.
Please note: If you don’t have a die cut machine, you can still make these hot air balloon cupcake picks. A 1-3/4″ Circle Punch and a 2-1/4″ Circle Punch work just as well as the dies for making cupcake toppers.
Now we are ready to assemble the hot air balloon cupcake picks, so gather all the pieces. For each cupcake topper, you will need 2 scalloped circles, 2 hot air balloon circles, 2 sentiment labels, and 1 plastic food pick.
You could also use wooden coffee stirrers for these cupcake toppers, but wood will tend to absorb moisture from the cupcakes and soften over time. So I prefer to use plastic, especially if I will be decorating the cupcakes several hours before serving.
You will also need Snail Adhesive and mini glue dots.
Use Snail adhesive to stick the hot air balloon circles to the scalloped circles. I prefer the stripes running horizontally since it reminds me of a hot air balloon pattern.
Add a mini glue dot to the top of the food pick and stick to the back side of the scalloped circle near the bottom.
Use several mini glue dots to adhere the other scalloped circle to the backside of the hot air balloon cupcake topper.
Use mini glue dots to add the Love is in the Air sentiment labels to the front and the back of the food pick. I placed the sentiment about 1/2 inch down from the bottom of the scalloped circle.
Cut a 9 inch piece of Linen Thread and tie in to a small bow right above the sentiment label. Trim the ends.
And that is all there is to it. Repeat the process to make as many of the hot air balloon cupcake toppers as you need. Super cute and super simple!
I also made a hot air balloon cupcake topper with polka dot background paper, which also turned out cute. I still think I prefer the stripes though. Which do you prefer? Be sure to leave me a comment below and let me know which is your favorite.
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I hope you have enjoyed this simple tutorial for making cupcake toppers. By changing up the background paper and the stamp used, you could make cupcake picks for any occasion from holidays, like Christmas and Halloween, to celebrations like birthdays or retirement parties.
For more fun ideas, be sure to check out the rest of my paper craft tutorials. If you make any of these hot air balloon cupcake picks, you will have to come back here and let me know how they turned out. So tell me… What are you crafting right now? Be sure to leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you!