DIY Christmas Tree Cake Toppers


I know, I know. The standard holiday treats are pies and cookies and chocolates. Cakes and Christmas are kind of random … but to that I say, who cares. I love cake. I love Christmas. So why not?  If you know me you KNOW there has to be balsa wood involved in some sort of Christmas craft this season.  So an obvious choice were these colorful DIY Christmas tree cake toppers.  I am slightly in love with the color scheme and might make it my official 2015 Christmas color combo.  BUT if you’re a more traditional, holiday colors type of person then you can change them up to match whatever your heart desires.  These cake toppers are fun to make, and who doesn’t want a forest of trees on top of their cake??  



  • Balsa wood – Thickness doesn’t really matter.  You want something tough enough that it will not crumble but not too think that it’s hard to cut.  I buy just one piece from Michaels and usually get the size 1/16 x 3 x 36.
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Glue Gun
  • Wood Skewers
  • Patterning Tape


  1. Cut out Christmas trees.  I did this freehand because I liked all the imperfections, it gave it more character.  But if you want to be more precise you can measure and cut.  


  1. Now it’s time to Paint!  I put patterning tape around the trees that I wanted to have stripes on.  The others I just painted, but you can put patterning tape on the edges of those as well if it’s easier.  Once dry, take off the patterning tape.


  1. Lastly, Glue the skewers onto the back of your Christmas trees.  Once they are all dry it is time to decorate that cake!  You can cut your skewers to make them shorter, just depending on the size and height of your cake.




View More:

Sara of Tell Love and Party

Hey this is Sara from Tell Love and Party.  I just gotta tell ya …bright colors are my thing.  I love flamingos and my family.  And if it were up to me, every day would be a party (with epic cookies and crafts of course).

Follow Tell Love & Party on Instagram!

Previous Post Next Post

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Cyd November 5, 2015 at 8:43 am

    This is awesome, Sara! I always forget how awesome balsa wood is, you’ve got my wheels spinning now!

  • Reply Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling November 5, 2015 at 10:56 am

    This is ADORABLE! Just pinned.

  • Reply Eden Passante November 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    So cute! Love this idea!

    • Reply idlehandsawake November 5, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks so much Eden! We think Sara kicked Day 2’s ass! xoxo

  • Reply Sarah November 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Pinned! I adore this so much! The would also make really cute holiday cupcake toppers too!

  • Reply Five on Friday November 6, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    […] DIY Christmas Tree Cake Toppers – The Holiday Collective  […]

  • Reply CHRISTMAS TREE CAKE TOPPER - Tell Love and PartyTell Love and Party November 11, 2015 at 4:34 am

    […] first official Christmas post!  I am sharing these cute Christmas tree cake toppers over on The Holiday Collective.  Go check them out :) And get ready for LOTS of fun Christmas crafting coming your […]

  • Reply angela November 19, 2015 at 1:05 am

    So clever and so pretty!!! Can you tell me what brand acrylic paint you used.

    • Reply idlehandsawake November 22, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks so much for reading! Great question! I’ve reached out to the creator of the project, Sara from Tell Love and Party, and will let you know when I hear back from her! xoxo -Marlene (Idle Hands Awake)

  • Reply 40 PASTELES DE NAVIDAD EN CLAVE CHIC | LUZ ANGELA November 24, 2015 at 11:01 am

    […] The Holliday Collective […]

  • Reply UN NOËL COLORÉ - SPECIAL MODESPECIAL MODE November 25, 2015 at 4:50 am

    […] les ornements / petits mots / sous-cloche / décorations gâteau / sapins cônes / boules strass /guirlandes papier  Auteur […]

  • Reply we love Inspiration: weihnachtliche Tischdekoration - we love handmade December 14, 2015 at 7:35 am

    […] natürlich Torte und mit den richtigen Toppern können auch hier Akzente gesetzt werden, wie bei The Holliday Collective. Natürlich passend zu den restlichen Dekoelementen am […]

  • Leave a Reply