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Making Mermaid Wrappers, Toppers & Cake Topper

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Posted on June 15, 2021 by Kate Wilson

When I was younger, my favorite Disney movie was The Little Mermaid. I imagine part of it was that Ariel was a redhead, like me; but I also just loved the idea of being a mermaid (I think it was the long, flowing hair and the cute seashells!). While I’m not as into mermaids as I was when I was younger, I still have a soft spot for them. So, when I was recently commissioned to make a set of mermaid themed cupcake wrappers and toppers for a birthday party, 6-year-old me was so excited that I threw in a bonus item – a mermaid tail cake topper. It was the perfect use for mermaid scale scrapbook paper I had bought years ago and hadn’t used yet. I wanted to walk you through this easy tutorial so that you can make these mermaid cake & cupcake decorations, too! Assembly is super easy, and you can make as many wrappers & toppers as you need.

First off, you’ll need:

    • A Cricut Maker or Explore with a deep-cut blade & fine point blade
  • A compatible device for use with Design Space’s Print Then Cut feature, like a desktop, laptop or iPad
  • A printer & ink
  • White cardstock
  • Chipboard
  • Decorative mermaid scale paper, or paper of your choice for the cake topper
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper craft glue
  • The FREE Sea Mermaid bundle by Firefly Designs

Watch the video below for the Cricut Design Space Tutorial:

The Cake Topper

In Design Space, click on “Images” and search for “mermaid tail”. The image that I chose is #MB5340D0, but any basic mermaid tail image will do. I want to keep it fairly simple since we’re going to be cutting this image out of chipboard. Select the image and click “Insert Image”. You’ll want to set the width of the tail to 6 inches, which is a great size for a round birthday cake. Duplicate this image twice and change the duplicates’ cut color to a color different from your original image. (This will show the Cricut that you’ll be cutting these images on two different mats, allowing you to use two different materials.) Flip one of the images horizontally, so these images will be cut to fit on both sides of the mermaid chipboard tail. These two duplicates will be cut in your decorative mermaid scale paper. When you go to cut the pieces for the cake topper, you will cut the first mermaid tail image out of chipboard with your deep cut blade, and the other two mermaid tails out of your decorative paper with your fine point blade.

The Cupcake Topper

Upload your choice of image from the FREE bundle by Firefly Designs that I linked to above – either the starfish or the shell would make a great cupcake topper, and I chose to go with the starfish. After you’ve uploaded it as a Print Then Cut image, insert the image, and set the starfish to be about 2 inches in width. This is a good size for a cupcake topper without being too overwhelmingly large. Duplicate the image and flip it horizontally so you’ll have one for each side of the cupcake topper. Click “Make It” and follow the directions on the screen to print & then cut your cupcake toppers. Print and cut as many cupcake toppers as you need for your party.

The Cupcake Wrapper

I will admit, I was really excited about this one. Did you know that this is my first time using a pattern in Design Space? Select your cupcake wrapper image and insert it onto your screen. I used a basic scalloped edge cupcake wrapper image from Cricut Access, but you can use any shape you want. Set the image size to 9 inches wide, which fits a standard-sized cupcake. If you are making your cupcakes smaller or larger, resize the wrapper accordingly. Go to “Upload” and click “upload pattern” to upload your choice of the mermaid patterns from the FREE bundle we’re using – I went with the one with mermaid tails and shells. I think it’s adorable! With the wrapper selected, change the operation from “Cut” to “Print Then Cut” under the Operations menu. Once you’ve done that, click the color square next to the Operations menu and click “fill” instead of color from the dropdown menu. You’ll see all of the patterns Cricut has available, and your uploaded pattern should be the first one, on the top left. Click to select the pattern, and it will automatically fill your cupcake wrapper image with the pattern. If you want to adjust the size and direction of your pattern, you can click “Edit Pattern”, but the default settings worked perfectly for me. Click “Make It” and follow the prompts on the screen to print & then cut your wrappers with the fine point blade. Print and cut as many cupcake wrappers as you need for your party.


Now that we have all of the items we need cut out, we’re going to move on to assembling. I chose to use Elmer’s Paper Craft Glue gel, but you can use any paper glue you want. Glue the decorative mermaid scale paper to either side of the mermaid chipboard cutout and let dry completely. After it’s dry, using a low-temperature glue gun or paper craft glue, glue a toothpick to the back so you can stick the topper into the cake.

For the cupcake wrappers, assembly is as easy as 1, 2, 3…or, at least, as easy as inserting the tab into the slot, and then placing your cupcakes inside!

For the cupcake toppers, you’ll want to glue the two starfish together, leaving a small opening at the bottom to insert a toothpick into once the glue has dried. You can add more glue to the toothpick, or simply insert the toothpick into it if the opening is snug enough.

Watch the videos on how to assemble the cut out designs here:

Part 1

Part 2

What do you think? Do you know of anyone who would love these cute birthday cake & cupcake decorations? Let me know in the comments below!

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This is so cute! Love what you used this freebie for and the videos makes it so easy to follow along!

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