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5 Thank You Teacher Cupcake Topper Tutorials

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Last Updated on 13th August 2021 by Vicki

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Hi all! Today I have 5 thank you teacher cupcake topper tutorials to show you. I normally make tutorials of toppers that I’ve made for friends or family, but today I’ve made an exception! I’ve created these tutorials in advance, so you have more of a chance to make them before the end of the school term. They would also make great ‘back to school’ cupcakes too! Because there are so many toppers, I’ve put links to each tutorial below, should you want to go directly to a particular one.

List Of Cake Topper Tutorials

As with all my tutorials, I’ve included a list at the bottom of the post of all the items that I used to make them. I also used vodka for my glue, but you could use an edible glue if you like.

Thank You Teacher Cake Topper Tutorials

How To Make A Pencil Cake Topper

To make the pencil topper I used Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste in Daffodil Yellow and White The Modelling Paste. I coloured the white paste grey using Sugarflair’s Graphite food colouring paste. To make the wood colour, I used my firm favourite, PME Old Gold food colouring paste.

Ball of yellow modelling paste

Form a marble sized piece of yellow modelling paste.

Rolling yellow modelling into a tube with a cake smoother

Roll the modelling paste into a tube. TOP TIP : A cake smoother helps ensure an even and smooth tube.

Making a hole in a tube of yellow modelling paste

Use a cone modelling tool to create a hole in one end of the tube. Flatten the other end.

Tube of yellow modelling paste with a white bit at the end

Stick a small white tube on the flattened end for the rubber. Again, a smoother will help to make it the same width as your pencil.

Small tube of yellow modelling paste

If you have a gap between the rubber and the pencil you can fill it with a small yellow tube of modelling paste.

Tube of yellow modelling paste

Stick this around the pencil, filling the gap. Use a smoother to neaten.

Tube of yellow modelling paste anf grey food colouring paste

Colour some modelling paste grey.

Wrapping grey modelling paste around a tube of yellow modelling paste

Roll out your grey modelling paste and cut out a strip. Make sure it’s the width you need by checking it against your pencil. Stick it to your pencil, by wrapping around where the rubber and pencil join. Trim to fit.

Maring a line in the grey modelling paste

You can create a design if you like. I used a blade tool to do this.

Making the nib end of a fondant pencil

Next, form a small piece of beige modelling paste into a diamond shape. Make sure one end is longer than the other, as can be seen above.

Making a hole in the nib end of the pencil cake topper

Stick the shorter end into the premade hole. Now, make a tiny hole in the visible pointed end.

A thank you teacher pencil cake topper

Finally, add a little more graphite colour to your grey modelling paste until you reach a lead colour. Stick a tiny ball into the premade hole and make it pointed with your fingers.

How To Make A Pencil Sharpener Cake Topper

To make the pencil sharpener I used white The Modelling Paste coloured blue with PME Ocean Blue.

Forming a piece of blue modelling paste into a small rectangle shape

Form a small piece of blue modelling paste into a rectangle shape. A cake smoother can help to achieve a smooth even shape.

Forming a piece of blue modelling paste into a pencil sharpener shape

Use your thumbs to create the finger indents on either side of the rectangle.

Making the hole in a fondant pencil sharpener

Use the scriber end of a knife and scriber tool to create a hole to one side of the shape, as can be seen above. Turn the tool into the paste as you create the hole.

Rectangle shaped piece of blue modelling paste with a grey piece on top.

Cut a small strip of grey modelling paste and stick it onto the pencil sharpener, as can be seen above.

Making a slit in the pencil sharpener cake topper

Use a blade tool to mark an indent along the left side of the grey strip.

Making the screw part of the pencil sharpener cake topper

Form a small ball of grey modelling paste and stick it onto the pencil sharpener, as can be seen above. Flatten with your fingers.

Making the screw part of the pencil sharpener cake topper

Use a knife tool to mark a line indent in the screw.

Thank you teacher pencil sharpener cake topper

If you need to adjust the shape, place the sharpener back onto to the scriber and adjust with your fingers.

Marking lines on he side of the pencil sharpener cake topper

Use a blade tool to mark grip lines on either side of the pencil sharpener.

How To Make The A4 Lined Paper Cake Topper

To make the lined paper I used white The Modelling Paste. To mark the lines I used Rainbow Dust craft pens in Red and Royal Blue.

Cutting out a square piece of white modelling paste

Roll out your modelling paste and cut out an A4 shape. I used a square cutter to do this and then just cut a strip off one side. This needs to be left to dry out overnight, so it’s hard enough to write on.

Flat sheet of white modelling paste with a red line on it

Use the red pen to mark a red line down the edge of the shape. I used a cake smoother as a ruler. Leave to dry.

Marking lines on a piece of white modelling paste

Use a blue pen and cake smoother to draw lines across the shape. Leave to dry.

Pencil, pencil sharpener and lined paper decorated cupcake

Once your toppers have dried, you can stick the pencil and sharpener on top of the lined paper and it’s ready for your cupcake!

How To Make A Wax Crayon Cake Topper

To make the wax crayon I again used Renshaw Flower and Modelling paste in Daffodil Yellow. I also used Dahlia Black Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste for the black lines.

Ball of yellow modelling paste

Roll a piece of yellow modelling paste into a marble sized ball.

Rolling yellow modelling into a tube with a cake smoother

Form the ball into a tube. Again, the cake smoother will help to achieve a smooth even finish.

Making the pointed end of a wax crayon cake topper

Flatten one end and form a point on the other.

Marking an indent on the crayon cake topper

Use a blade tool to create a ridge around the bottom edge of the pointed end.

Yellow wax crayon cake topper and a strip of black modelling paste

Make a thin flat strip of black modelling paste.

Adding the black strips around the top and bottom of the crayon cake topper

Stick this around the top and bottom of the crayon. Trim to fit.

Flattening the end of a wax crayon cake topper

Flatten the pointed end slightly.

Cutting out a square piece of white modelling paste

To make the paper, cut out a white square of modelling paste. Leave this to dry overnight, so it’s hard enough to draw on.

Crayon cupcake topper decorated cupcake

Draw and write on the white modelling paste with edible food pens. I used my Rainbow Dust Craft Pens.

How To Make A Chalkboard Cake Topper

To make the chalkboard I use Dahlia Black Renshaw Flower and Modelling and White The Modelling Paste. I coloured the white paste with PME Old Gold. I made sure that I didn’t work the food colouring all the way through, so I could create a marble effect. To create the chalk writing effect, I used a Fractal Colours White Food Colouring Brush Pen.

Square of black modelling paste

Roll out the black modelling paste and cut out two squares. Leave them to dry overnight.

Making a square of beige marbled modelling paste

To make the frame, roll out the beige modelling paste and cut out a square the same size as the black one.

Making a square of beige marbled modelling paste

Next, use a smaller square cutter to cut out the middle of the shape. Repeat to make a second frame.

Adding the frame to a chalkboard cake

Stick these onto your black squares, as can be seen above.

Thank you teacher chalkboard cake topper

Write onto your chalkboards with the white paint pen.

Thank you teacher chalkboard cake topper

Form a tiny piece of white modelling paste into a tube and stick it on the lower right corner as can be seen above.

Two chalkboard decorated thank you teacher cupcakes

For extra detail, I added an apple to the top left hand corner of the chalkboards. I actually make these apples in another post. You can get to my apple cake topper tutorial here.

How To Make A Spiral Book Cake Topper

To make the book topper I used white The Modelling Paste. I coloured some blue with PME Ocean Blue food colouring paste.

Shaping a piece of white modelling paste into a book shape

Form a piece of white modelling paste into a thick rectangle shape. Use a cake smoother to help create the shape. This will be the books pages.

Marking the pages on a book cake topper

Mark pages on the thin sides of the shape with a knife tool.

Block of white modelling paste on top of blue modelling paste

Roll out some blue modelling paste, larger than the white shape. This will be the books cover.

Block of white modelling paste on top of blue modelling paste

Trim the cover to size, stick it around the pages.

Making the cover of a book cake topper

Leave the book to dry overnight.

Book cake topper with small tubes of white modelling paste

Form small tubes of white modelling paste.

Stick these onto the side of the book, arched slightly.

Spiral book cupcake topper decorated cupcake

For a finishing touch I added a yellow star onto the cover of my book.

I hope you enjoyed these thank you teacher cake topper tutorials. They were so much fun to create and would make the perfect teacher appreciation gift, or even celebrating going back to or staring school! They would also make great back to school cupcakes too! Below is a list of all the items that I used to make them. Look out for my next tutorial in two weeks time! But for now….goodbye 😊 Happy modelling!

List Of Items Used To Make Thank You Teacher Cupcake Toppers

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