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DIY Birthday Cake Topper: Simple First Birthday Cake Topper

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This post share how I made a DIY birthday cake topper. It’s a simple DIY cake topper using a wood number and is the perfect way to easily accent a plain cake for just a few bucks.

How to Make a DIY Wooden Number Birthday Cake Topper

I’ve been slowly sharing a few of the DIYs I did for Tootie’s little first birthday get together. We only had a handful of local family members over for the gathering, but I obviously couldn’t resist the opportunity to get a little crafty…

I made a simple DIY cake topper using a wood number for her cake. All the effort went into the cake topper, so we bought a cake to put it on 😉 What can I say, I never claimed to be a cook…

If you like this, check out the DIY balloon garland tutorial I posted for this party, as well as the scrapbook paper and yarn DIY party hats!

DIY birthday cake topper

It was pretty easy and only cost a few bucks. Considering I spent like 50 bucks buying balloons on Etsy, I figured I could save a few by making a cute cake topper.

Here’s what I used:

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And here’s how I made my first birthday cake topper!

Step 1: First I painted the entire number 1 with black acrylic paint. Then I let dry. I love that this paint dries with a very matte finish.

wooden number
painting a wooden number

Step 2: Next I added Frogtape to tape off the area I wanted to paint for a “dipped” effect. I used a DecoArt Antique Bronze color I had in my stash that I love—especially with black or white!

The metallic touch of the paint also provides a great contrast to the matte black. I’m all about that contrast.

painting a wooden number
painting a wooden number
painting a wooden number

I did two coats, removing the painter’s tape after the first coat, letting it dry, and reapplying to put on the second coat. This helps keep the line super crisp.

Step 3: I glued two kebab skewers we had to the back of the number. I left plenty of length knowing I could cut it down once we knew what kind of cake we were getting. You could also use a popsicle stick for this.

And here’s the final cake topper. Isn’t it adorable? And for $1! I was so happy with how it turned out, and it looks great on the little cake we got (I don’t bake!).

DIY birthday cake topper
DIY birthday cake topper

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Birthday cake with number 1 cake topper and party hats
image collage of DIY baby's first birthday DIY cake topper
Yield: 1 Diy Birthday Cake Topper

DIY Birthday Cake Topper

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Learn how to make a DIY birthday cake topper. This simple DIY cake topper uses a wood number, and it's an easy way to customize a plain cake for cheap!

Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy


    1. Paint the entire number with black acrylic paint and let dry.
    2. Tape off the area you want to paint for a "dipped" effect and paint with the Antique Bronze.
    3. I used two coats removing the frog tape after the first coat and reapplying before the second coat to keep the line nice and crisp looking.
    4. Glue two kebab skewers to the back of the number and cut them to the length you need.
    5. That's it!
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