Christmas Cupcake Toppers {3D}

Hey party people!

Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

Now we gear up for Christmas! I get so excited about Christmas but I also brace myself for the craziness. The gift-giving, the Christmas card writing and of course the baking.Do you ever feel like you’re suddenly required to bring a baked good every where you go in December? I’m all about making things a little easier. I’m not going to shy away from something semi-homemade but I do love to add a little pizzaz.

Here’s a fun idea to take normal bland store-bought cupcakes and turn them into a work of art…a 3-D work of art. Here’s what you need to create your own 3D Christmas Cupcake Toppers:

First melt the candy melts. I heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds, take them out, stir and repeat until the chocolate is melted.

Once the chocolate’s melted, pour into a ziploc bag. With scissors, cut a very small opening at one of the corners of the bottom of the bag. Lay down wax paper with a piece of paper underneath as a guide. I used lined notebook paper but you could use any kind of paper you’d like.

With your bag of chocolate, make a Christmas tree form on top of the wax paper. I used the lines to keep my tree straight. If it’s easier for you, draw the trees on the paper first and then use that as the template. My trees ended up to be about 2-3 inches.

After the chocolate dries, you can take it off the wax paper.

Now that you’ve created the foundational Christmas tree figure, use the straight line guide again to make a half of Christmas tree like this. Make them the same length as the original trees.

Using the chocolate, attach the two half trees to the original Christmas tree. Attach one on one side and one on the other side. This creates a three dimensional Christmas tree. You can now add sprinkles or other edible decorations to “trim” your tree.

Add the 3-D Christmas tree to the top of your cupcake and you’ve just added the wow-factor to a normally boring cupcake.

You can also create 3-dimensional snowflakes as well.

I did the same thing with the snowflakes as I did with the trees. I created one full snowflake and two halfsies. Using the melted chocolate, attach either half to the full snowflake.

Here are a couple tips that will hopefully make this project easier on you - 

* Make sure the chocolate outlines are thick enough. If you make them too thin, it’s easier for them to break. 

* If the chocolate in the sandwich bag begins to harden, put the bag back in the microwave for 5 seconds. If it doesn’t loosen up, put it back in for 5 seconds until it melts. 

What other 3D figures do you think would be fun to do?

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  1. So very adorable! I love working creative magic with candy melts! I’m pinning!

    • Thank you so much Susan! We both share affection for the candy melts ;p…to create…and maybe to taste…just a little. ;p Hope 2013 is going great for you, so far! <3 Heidi Rew

  2. Happy New Year! :)
    Such a cool and easy idea to jazz up any cake! :)

    Thanks again for linking up to Bird’s Party! You’re posts is being featured today!

  3. These shapes look like such fun!

  4. Those are so cute! I would probably break them all :P Really, an adorable idea! I found you via Foodie Friday and I’d love it if you shared this at my weekend party, too: Hope to see you there!

    • Oh Jessica…thank you so much for stopping by! I never say no to a good party! ;p Thanks for the invite! Can’t wait to check it out! <3 Heidi Rew

  5. Your Christmas trees are so beautiful and delicate. My little pastry chef would love to make these. It would be great if you brought them by my foodie friday party today.

  6. Featured you on my link party! If you would like a featured button, I have them here: Thanks!

  7. Absolutely adorable!!! I can’t wait to try these especially the snowflake ones. Thanks :)

  8. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I always look at 3D toppers and think how difficult it must be to make them, but you make the process look SO easy. I’m going straight to FB and Pinterest and sharing this!

    • Sherry…thanks! You know I do something, it’s probably going to be easy because I’m not talented enough to tackle the complicated things. ;p I adore your blog, btw. ;p Hope you have an awesome day! <3 Heidi Rew

  9. These are so adorable! I would probably do stars too. Or candy canes :-D

    • Thanks Christine!! Ohh…stars would look soo pretty. Candy canes sound a little tough but I’m sure you could do them! If you do either of these, I’d LOVe to see pictures! Email me at: or you can just post directly to Parties for Pennies facebook page. Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it! <3 Heidi Rew

  10. This is featured at Smart! School {House} for Whimsy Wednesday this week! Congrats and we LOVE that you party with us:) This week’s party (and your feature) will be starting soon. See you there!

    Kelly at Smart! School {House}

  11. Heidi- these are amazing. Look for a feature on next week’s link party!

  12. These are perfect cupcake toppers, really darling! Thanks so much for sharing them!

  13. SUPER cute!!!!!!!! This makes me (once again) wish we lived close so you could bring me some treats. :)

  14. Heidi… these are both so adorable! You are such a talented lady! Have a great week!

    Take care,



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