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Mini Party Hat Cupcake Toppers DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

Do you have a random stack of assorted cupcake liners in your cupboard? I find they’re sold like hamburger and hot dog buns – they never quite match up to how many hamburgers and hot dogs you’ve made. Here’s a cute and easy use for them – mini party hat cupcake toppers.

Click through for full instructions!

Materials needed: assorted cupcake liners, double-stick tape, glue, pom-poms.

Step 1: Flatten a cupcake liner in half. Then fold it in half again to find where the point should be.

Step 2: Gently twist the liner into a hat shape and secure it with a small piece of double-stick tape. Press firmly to seal.

Step 3:  Add a dollop of glue to the tip of the hat and gently place a pom-pom on top. Let dry.

Step 4: Place the mini hats on your frosted cupcakes. Enjoy!

These are adaptable to any kind of party, depending on the colors or liners you have –a friend of mine did these in silver foil with a little gold star on top for her son’s wizard-themed party. And of course, they are the perfect size for toy animals and funny characters once the cupcakes have been eaten.

  1. Melissa

    January 9, 2013


  2. Aimee

    January 9, 2013

    These are A-DO-RA-BLE !!!!! LOVE !

  3. Ilaria

    January 9, 2013

    perfect & adorable … just in time for my little boy birthday on Saturday 😉

  4. aimee @ smilingmama

    January 9, 2013

    Perfect timing! We’re hosting a little party at the house on Saturday and I was looking for just this sort of easy but fun idea.

    Also, how funny that out of four commenters so far, two are Aimee?!

  5. Tiffany

    January 9, 2013

    Goodness we think alike, I would have put that hat on every single one of my sons toys!!

  6. Chloe Moon

    January 9, 2013

    How adorable and easy!!! =)

    My father’s birthday is coming up this weeknd and I think I’m going to make these cuties for him!! =)

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  7. Davina

    January 9, 2013

    Love these! Thank you. They are perfect for a small person’s party.

  8. this is lemonade

    January 9, 2013

    Ha! The best is after the cupcakes have been eaten. One can take some exercise playing with the hats and little toys. The simple use of imagination should burn off a few calories, not to mention the laughter that should follow 🙂

  9. Pewelimei

    January 9, 2013

    What a cute idea! Love it! Makes the cupcakes look so adorable!

  10. wmbg

    January 9, 2013

    these are the best!!

  11. Chianne Hood

    January 9, 2013

    This is such a great idea and it’s so easy to make! I have to try it out! xx

  12. Fräulein Maier

    January 9, 2013

    so cute! will probably make some as cake toppers for my mum’s birthday cake next saturday

  13. Tania

    January 9, 2013

    Very cute — great use of assorted cupcake holders!!

  14. Trish

    January 9, 2013

    these are adorable! I love this idea. 🙂

  15. ali lanenga

    January 9, 2013

    brilliant! absolutely brilliant ; ) i’ll be using this DIY for my daughter first birthday party next week!

  16. heidi

    January 9, 2013

    These are too cute and so festive. What a great way to add cheer.

  17. Abigail

    January 9, 2013

    Never too early to start planning for Ezra’s first birthday!

  18. eleni

    January 9, 2013

    Love your creativity and originality.

  19. Karen

    January 9, 2013

    Would be good for NYE as well (another celebration heavy on the hat-wearing).

  20. merula

    January 9, 2013

    ow how cute!

  21. Kelly Golightly

    January 9, 2013

    So sweet. We’re having a Golden Globes party on Sunday so I might have to try these with gold foil!

  22. Kerri from Happy Tuesday

    January 9, 2013

    so smart & so cute!

  23. madelief

    January 9, 2013

    outrageously cute.

  24. Theresa

    January 9, 2013

    Cute! What a lovely idea! I never did know what to do with those.


  25. Connie

    January 9, 2013

    What a wonderful idea 🙂 I need to get baking!

  26. little t

    January 10, 2013

    Such a great idea… I’m doing this!

  27. nuts wardrobe fashion

    January 10, 2013

    Good idea;)))wonderful..

  28. anna

    January 10, 2013

    oh chiara this is super cute!!

  29. Ana Zaragoza

    January 10, 2013

    Me encanta, una idea buenísima

  30. sarah

    January 10, 2013

    Love it! Perfect for my kids’ birthday party next month!

  31. Lexy

    January 10, 2013

    These are perfect. Now, if someone can just deliver the hats COMPLETE with the cupcakes, I’m all set! 🙂

  32. Savanah

    January 11, 2013

    Everything is happier with party hats 🙂

  33. Nikki @ Tikkido

    January 11, 2013

    Genius! And utterly, outrageously adorable. What a clever way to use up those stray cupcake liners.

  34. sarah

    January 11, 2013

  35. preppyandfunny

    January 12, 2013

    this is so so cute! 😀
    Thanks for the cool idea! XO

  36. Emmberson (Odette's Writer)

    January 13, 2013

    So cute….totally going to do this, thank you!!

  37. lyndsay

    January 14, 2013

    soooo cute! love the styled photos, too, especially that last one…! perfect! ^__^

  38. Amanda

    January 15, 2013

    Mini hats are cute on anything! Love!

  39. Evani G

    January 16, 2013

    These are so stinkin cute!!! Love it!


  40. Christina @ I Gotta Create!

    January 19, 2013

    Brilliant! I love these and just pinned them.

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

  41. Magda Pomichowski

    January 21, 2013

    Love these little cupcake toppers, they are so cute.

    I have recently begun blogging and am doing a different challenge or task each month. January is DIY month. I have done a few things already and plan on making my own pillows this week. Your ideas are great and I hope my blog will bloom into something like yours has. Great job!


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