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What You Make of It - Trophy Birthday Cake Topper - Dime Store Chic DIY Craft with Elizabeth Holcombe

Trophies are plentiful in thrift shops and can easily be repurposed into fun birthday cake toppers!

Trophy Birthday supplies

The supplies are as follows:

  • Trophy top (you’ll only need the figure on top)
  • Spray paint in your favorite color
  • About 20 plastic candle holders
  • Half of a 3” Styrofoam ball
  • About 15 plastic flowers
  • Small ceramic dish or saucer
  • Happy Birthday plastic sign
  • Glue (all purpose, fast drying)

One: paint your trophy top.

Two: Glue trophy top to the top of the half of the Styrofoam ball.

Three: glue Styrofoam ball into center of small dish.

Four: dip the ends of the candle holders and the plastic flowers into the glue and insert them into the Styrofoam ball until the ball is covered.

Trophy Birthday done back  

Five: glue Happy Birthday sign to the base of the trophy.

Six: Allow to dry overnight.

Seven: put on Birthday cake! The dish bottom allows you to reuse the topper by simply wiping the icing from the bottom of the dish.

Trophy Birthday done front

Enjoy and remember to pick the trophy top that suits your Birthday boy or girl the best!

Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

This project & photos are copyright Elizabeth Holcombe, Vintage Indie. You may not reproduce or copy this project.


Pattie Cordova

way cute! thanks for the idea.


This is so much fun! I love the vintage look on cakes. Thanks for the how-to, I'll be linking.

flowers philippines

This is unique cake design.Perfect idea!


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