How to Make a Floral Cake Topper

Consider making a floral cake topper for your wedding cake. Purchased cake toppers can be expensive, but making a floral cake topper is an inexpensive project that requires only a few supplies. Choose natural or artificial flowers and have them match the colour and style of your reception. Let your creativity go wild and you'll have a one-of-a-kind cake topper that's as distinctive as your celebration.

Choose the type and colour of flowers you will want to use as a cake topper. Typically, the flowers match the bouquet and floral arrangements at the wedding.

Choose between artificial and natural flowers. Make sure any natural flowers are free of pesticides and are not poisonous.

Measure the diameter of the top of your cake. If you are placing the cake topper on a three-tiered cake, subtract 2 inches from the diameter. If you are place the topper on a two-tier or a cake without tiers, divide the diameter in half.

Draw a circle on a piece of cardboard with the appropriate diameter. Cut out the cardboard with sharp scissors.

Cut a foam ball in half. The size of the foam ball will depend on the size of your cardboard circle and how large you want your cake topper to be. Extra space on the cardboard can be covered with artificial leaves later.

Glue the foam ball onto the centre of the cardboard. Allow the glue to dry before you begin to add flowers.

Select a variety of flowers to use on your floral cake topper. Choose a main decorative flower and select filler flowers, such as baby's breath, to place in between the flowers to add interest to your cake topper.

Place floral tape around the flowers when necessary. Wrap wire and floral tape around the stems of natural flowers to add stability. Wrap floral tape around the plastic stems of artificial flowers to cover any wires.

Arrange the flowers in the foam ball. Completely cover the foam ball with the flowers.

Cover the cardboard with flowers, leaves and decorative elements. Cover any open spots on the foam ball with decorative elements, such as artificial leaves, seashells or ribbon.


Ensure that the cardboard floral cake topper is free of dirt and debris before placing it on your cake.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Foam ball
  • Floral tape
  • Craft glue
  • Artificial leaves
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.