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DIY: How to Make Easy and Adorable Valentine's Day Cupcake Toppers

My good friend, Lynlee, from Lynlee's Petite Cakes, makes some of the most incredible fondant creations out there. Lucky for us, she's sharing some of her secrets by teaching us how to make these incredible Valentine's Day cupcake toppers. For those of you who are a little intimidated by fondant (and I have to admit I fall into that camp), this is the tutorial for you (and me).

So without further adieu, here's Lynlee, the fondant queen, in her own words...

Here's a simple tutorial for making fondant cupcake toppers for your Valentine!

This year, I've seen lots of adorable Valentine and party ideas out there to facilitate in spreading the love, including fabulous collections of free printables available at the inspiration-filled Catch My Party! They have a large selection of designs by some of the most talented designers! And again, they're free!

These "Sending All My Love" toppers will help cover all your bases with blown kisses, a flying heart, and a love letter!

Supplies you will need: 

  • Red and white fondant
  • Rolling pin
  • Oval cutters (I utilized two sizes)
  • Heart and butterfly-shaped cutters
  • Large square cutter
  • Food safe brush & water
  • Round tip (in this case, I used Wilton tip 12)
  • Fondant or pizza cutter
  • Small spatula
  • Modeling stick (or toothpick or any "pointy" tool you might have in the kitchen)
BLOWN KISS TOPPERS
Start out by rolling some red fondant into a ball and pressing it down on a flat surface until it is approximately 1/2" thick. Cut out an oval shape with the larger cutter and begin to pinch the shape on both sides to create the sides of the mouth.

At the same time, use your fingers to soften the perimeter of the mouth to round it out. With a heart cutter, position the top in the middle of the fondant lips and lightly press to make an indentation. Create a small separation at the top of the lips with the small spatula and finish the kissing lips with the modeling stick through the center.

 You can repeat the process with the smaller oval cutter to make small lips for blown kisses!

HEART WITH WINGS TOPPER

Roll out some more red fondant (approx. 1/4" thick) and cut out a heart shape with the cutter and put it aside.

Roll out some white fondant and utilize the butterfly cutter to punch out the shape to utilize as wings. With the spatula, cut the butterfly shape in half and space the two halves so that they would contour the heart. Trim off the excess with the heart shape cutter. Brush some water on the wings and attach them to the red heart and allow it to dry.

For the quill heart decor, roll out more white fondant about 1/8" thick (you can see I like to use rolling pin guide rings to keep it consistent and flat across) and cut out a strip about 1/4" wide with the rolling cutter. I measured about 4 inches and then turned it upside down and added some water with the brush to both ends of the strip.

Begin to roll both sides inward until they come together, while positioning the bottom into a point for the bottom of the heart. Add a bit more water to attach the two quilled sides together.

Attach it to the winged heart by brushing water to the back and placing it in the center of the red heart.

You can play around with the quilling process and make additional hearts in all different colors and sizes!

LOVE LETTER AND ENVELOPE TOPPER

Roll out white fondant 1/8" thick, cut out a square with the cutter and then cut it in half once again.

Turn the square cutter on a 45 degree angle and position it over the fondant rectangle, making sure one side is right up to the edge of the shape to make the fold of the envelope. Trim off the excess to make the envelope even. Then roll out some red fondant and repeat steps to cut it to scale with the envelope, but avoiding the indentation step.

With the remaining red fondant, punch out a small circle with the size 12 tip and start pinching it together at one end to create the bottom of the heart. With the spatula, create an indentation for the top of the heart and glue it onto the envelope. Brush some additional water to the bottom of the envelope to attach to the red letter.

Hoping these cupcakes and toppers will help you send all your love to your Valentine{s} and make their day all that much sweeter!!! ♥

Lynlee, these toppers are beyond wonderful! Thanks for letting us share this easy tutorial with our readers.

To learn more about Lynlee, see the incredible parties she's styled, and the toppers she's created, check out Lynlee's Petite Cakes. You'll be happy you did!

FREE Valentine's Day Party Printables from MJ Paperie

Check out this romantic set of free Valentine's Day printables by Meredith at MJ Paperie. I just love the sentiments. I think this is such a beautiful way to ask for what you need. :)

The set includes: place cards, drink flags, a "sweet nothings" tented dessert card, and card tags that say "Write Me."

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Thank you, Meredith, for letting us share these fabulous printables with our readers. To see more of Meredith's designs, check out her shop,  MJ Paperie.

FREE Valentine's Day Party Printables from Wanessa Carolina Creations

Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations designed these "Love is in the Air" Valentine's Day printables. These are definitely our most romantic collection to date. They've got love written all over them.

The collection includes: tags, drink labels, straw flags, tented cards, party circles/cupcake toppers, a "Be Mine" banner, mini Valentines, and gift tags.

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Thank you Wanessa for designing such love-filled printables. To learn more about Wanessa please visit her Facebook page, Wanessa Carolina Creations, and her Etsy shop.

 

DIY: How to Make a Chocolate Heart Cookie Wreath

How great is this Valentine's Day cookie wreath...

I saw this original Christmas cookie wreath Marcela M from The Celebration Girl created, and of course I thought it was the coolest thing.

So I asked Marcela if she's be willing to put together a tutorial for a Valentine's Day cookie wreath, and she so kindly agreed. So below is Marcela's tutorial....

Thank you very much, dear Jillian, for inviting me to post this tutorial in your blog.

This cookie wreath takes a little bit of time but is very, very easy to do, and it is an original way of presenting decorated cookies.

In order to make it, I used different cutters.

The light blue cutters, including the circles with which I formed the wreath are part of a set I bought at Ikea.

I also used heart shaped cutters, that I had bought a long time ago and a bow shaped cutter.

In case you want to do this cookie wreath and, since I know how hard it is to find a variety of cookie cutters in some  countries, I have made a template of the different shapes, so that you can print them and cut.

For the wreath itself, you can draw two circles of different sizes, according to your needs, cut them and use them to make the wreath. The biggest circle I used was equal to a 9 inch pan (20 cms).

I made this wreath out of chocolate cookies, because I like how chocolate cookies taste with royal icing, but it can also be made with sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies.

Use your favourite rolled cookie dough. For the royal icing, I used this recipe from Sweetopia.

For the wreath, you will need:

  • Cookie dough
  • Royal icing
  • Templates or cookie cutters (If you are using the templates you need to print them, cut them, place them on top of the rolled cookie dough and cut around them with a sharp knife)
  • Piping bags
  • Piping tips number 1 and 2.
  •  I also use squeeze bottles for flooding the wreath itself, because it takes too long with a piping tip due to the big surface
Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F or 150 degrees C.

Roll the cookie dough about ½ cm and cut the cookies. Place them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper and put them in the freezer to chill for about 10 minutes, so that they keep the shape.

Bake the cookies. Once they are ready, remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Transfer the wreath to the serving plate. The reason I recommend doing this is that, once decorated, it will become too heavy to transfer and it may break. It is therefore better to transfer it at this stage to make sure that it will remain intact.

Prepare the royal icing. Color it as desired and thin to the adequate consistency (I use the 20 second rule, which means that, if you draw a line with a knife on the royal icing, it takes 20 seconds for the line to disappear). Once the royal icing is ready, put it in piping bags/squeeze bottles. You are now ready to decorate!

Prepare your “decorating station.” I like to have all material at hand: cookies in cookie sheets,  a variety of sprinkles and sanding sugar, plates covered with parchment paper for applying sanding sugar, as well as the piping bags and an extra plate.

As you can see from the wreath, I decorated the cookies in different ways. I left some cookies really simple, with only one colour and no further details, and for some others I used other techniques.

I will now walk you through each of them:

For the simple cookies, I just outlined the cookie and then flooded immediately. I then shook it a bit, to even out the icing, and let it dry for 12 hours.

For the cookies with hearts, I outlined the cookie in the base colour and flooded it.

I shook the cookie, and once the icing was even, I piped dots in a different color. I then took a toothpick and traced a line going from the dot’s top to bottom…and a heart shaped appeared. I did this with all dots and then let the cookie dry for 12 hours.

For the cookies that have a single heart in the middle, I just added a heart-shaped sprinkle right after flooding.

For the cookies which have a border with sanding sugar, I first iced them as in the case of the simple cookies, and let them dry for 12 hours. After they were fully dry, I outlined them with royal icing, then immediately poured sanding sugar on top. I let the sanding sugar set (for about 30 minutes), then turned the cookie upside down to remove any extras.

You could use nonpareils instead of sprinkles using this same method.

I outlined some cookies with heart shaped sprinkles. In this case I proceeded just as in the case before, outlining the cookies after they were fully dry, and adding the sprinkles to the outlining icing.

For the wreath, I proceeded as with the simple cookies, but I let this one dry for 24 hours to make sure that the icing would not suffer any damage once placing the rest of the cookies on top of it.

After all cookies are decorated, you can start playing with them on top of the wreath, until you find a combination that pleases you. You can combine large and small cookies and stack some on top of the other, or combine a variety of small cookies.

Once you find a combination that you are happy with, glue the cookies to the wreath with royal icing. Let the icing set for 12 hours and your wreath is ready!

If you have extra cookies, you can place them in clear bags, tie them with a pretty ribbon, attach a couple of cute straws and give them as presents!

I hope that you like this tutorial and, please, do not hesitate to contact me by leaving a message in this post or contacting me at The Celebration Girl if you have any questions about the process or if you need any clarifications. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thank you again, Marcela, for showing us how to make this incredible treat!!

Btw, here's the template. Click to enlarge.

 

FREE Valentine's Day Party Printables in ENGLISH, SPANISH, and FRENCH by Love Party Printables

Ana of Love Party Printables created this Valentine's Day collection of her adorable "Little Children" printables, and this time she not only designed them in English, she also designed them in Spanish and French. We pride ourselves on being an international site, and now I feel like we've really arrived!

Each collection contains the same party printables: straw flags, cupcake toppers, napkin rings, "Be My Valentine" banner, water bottle labels, tented cards, invitations, gift tags, labels, favor tags, and mini cake bunting.

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The whole collection in Spanish...

The whole collection in French...

I can't wait to see all your international Valentine's Day parties. Please add them to our site so I can show them off...

Thank you, Ana, for making our site even more global. To learn more about our talented friend, Ana, please visit her at Love Party Printables.

Also, for more Valentine’s Day inspiration, check out these great parties from our site and see all of our free party printables.

 

DIY: How to Make Crayon Hearts for Valentine's Day

Melissa from The Joys of Home Educating made these fantastic crayon hearts to give to her kids' friends for Valentine's Day. I think this is a terrific idea and my silicone heart molds are on their way right now from Amazon so I can make some for my daughter and her friends.

The best part is they are simple to do. Put your broken crayon pieces in silcone cupcake trays and place in the oven at 250 degrees for about 15 minutes. That's it!

And if you want specific crayon colors, you can buy crayons in single color boxes here at Amazon.

Look how cute Melissa's heart crayons turned out. If you want to dress yours up like Melissa did, we've got cute Valentine's Day printable bag toppers here free on our site.

To see Melissa's full tutorial head over to her blog The Joys of Home Educating. Thank you, Melissa, for the great idea!

FREE Valentine's Day Party Printables from Anna and Blue Paperie

Wait until you see the Valentine's Day party printables Stefanie from Anna and Blue Paperie designed exclusively for us! I love how playful, yet modern this "So Sweet" collection looks.

The collection includes: invitations, party circles/tags, bag toppers, a "Happy Valentine's Day" banner, water bottle wrappers, candy circles, Valentine's Day cards, labels/gift tags, tented cards, thank you tags, straw ribbons, and an 8x10 "Happy Valentine's Day" welcome sign. There's everything you'd need to throw yourself a fantastic party!

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Thank you, Stefanie, for your fancy and fun designs. To learn more about Stefanie, please visit her Anna and Blue Paperie blog and Etsy shop.

Also, for more Valentine’s Day inspiration, check out these great parties from our site and see all of our free party printables.

FREE Valentine's Day Party Printables from Bird's Party

How lucky are we... The famous Bird of Bird’s Party created another adorable collection of Valentine's Day party printables for us. I'm calling this our "Sweet Cupid" collection as I'm sure you can see why.

The collection includes: editable invitations (where you can type in your own info), editable tented cards, party circles, "Be Mine" mini cake bunting, sweet Valentines, and a "Happy Valentine's Day" banner.

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Thank you, Bird, for such cuteness! To learn more about Bird and see all her designs, please check out her shop, Bird’s Party.

Also, for more Valentine’s Day inspiration, check out these great parties from our site.

 

 

FREE Valentine's Day Party Printables from Paper & Pigtails

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I've been a fan of Kori Clark's from Paper & Pigtails for a long long time, so I was excited to finally get to work with her. Kori is not only a delight, but she also designed these "Sweethearts" Valentine's Day party printables for us that are so happy and bright, they put a smile on my face. Take a look...

The collection includes: editable invitations, party circles, favor tags, editable tented cards, an editable banner, straw flags, and little cute Valentines to give to your friends. (Please note: the editable files must be used with Adobe Reader, a free download.)

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Thank you, Kori, for such fun a collection! To learn more about Kori, and see all her fantastic designs, visit Paper & Pigtails!

Also, for more Valentine's Day inspiration, check out these great parties from our site.

DIY: Paper Rose Wreath Tutorial

How great would this paper rose wreath look greeting your guests at your next birthday, shower, or Valentine's Day party?

This tutorial from Sandi at I'm a Yarner is so easy but definitely takes some time. So if you've got some Glee to catch up on, it might be worth doing.

And yes, it's just made of rolled paper flowers sprinkled with glitter.

See the whole tutorial here at I'm a Yarner. Thank you Sandi, for making something so beautiful!

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