Not only are these rainbow cupcake toppers simple and inexpensive party decorations that pack a punch. They’re also fun for kids to both make and eat!
“Somewhere over the rainbow
And the dreams that you dream of
Dreams really do come true”
(Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz)
Admit it, you’re singing that song now aren’t you?
I know I am. I can’t help it. These rainbow cupcake toppers are just so sweet and dreamy.
My kids were definitely feeling like their dreams came true when they saw I bought a box of Fruit Loops. Sugary cereals like that are typically kept for special occasions.
And when I told them that they were going to get to make fun rainbow cupcake toppers with the cereal…and then get to eat it too. Well, suddenly I turned into the best mom ever.
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Super Easy DIY Rainbow Cupcake Toppers
You see, when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, I need to keep things simple. Really simple.
And while my favorite easy way to decorate for parties is with some cute printables, these are almost just as easy. Plus, if you get the kids to help make them, then that’s even more time you get back! (Okay, so maybe that’s my true ulterior motive)
Even a toddler can get involved in this activity and help with sorting and stringing. Just make sure to have extra cereal on hand, because toddlers will spend more time eating the cereal than actually crafting with it. And sometimes we just have to be okay with that.
Not Just for Cupcakes
So, parties are pretty much always on my brain. Big surprise, right? And that’s why my first instinct was to turn this craft into rainbow cupcake toppers.
But, there are so many more ways you can use them! It wasn’t long after making them for cupcakes that I thought how much fun they would be for a quick stack of pancakes on St. Patrick’s Day morning. See?
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Tip: Use frozen pancakes to make this easy enough even for school mornings. Talk about a win!
But there are so many more ways that the cupcake toppers could be used. Can’t you just see these rainbows on a mini cake with frosting clouds at the base? That would be simply adorable for a first or second birthday.
Or cut the paper straws a bit shorter and add a mini powdered donut to each end . (You know what, I think we’ll be doing that sometime!)
A Quick Note about Which Cereal to Use
We made them with both generic and name brand and found that the name brand cereal had brighter, bolder colors.
But if that’s not important to you, go ahead and save a buck or two and buy generic.
Which Party Themes Will Rainbow Cupcake Toppers work for?
You know what’s awesome about these? They’re super versatile! Here are just a few party themes where they would be perfect as both party activity and decoration. (Don’t you love it when two things come together so perfectly?)
- St. Patrick’s Day
- Unicorn parties
- Rainbow parties
- Wizard of Oz parties
- Art themed parties
The list could go on and on!
How to Make Easy Rainbow Cupcake Toppers
What you’ll need
- Pipe cleaners (recommend green or blue)
- Colorful O-shaped cereal (such as Fruit Loops)
- Paper straws
- Frosted cupcakes (or any of the other ideas listed above)
- (Optional) Gold sprinkles or edible gold glitter
1. Start by sorting your Fruit Loops into separate colors.
Tip: Have your kids help out with sorting the cereal. Just make sure to have plenty of extra cereal on hand because you know that it’s going to get snack on while sorting. (and that’s OK!)
2. String two of each cereal color onto a pipe cleaner in rainbow order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.
My oldest was helping out here, and she decided to go in reverse order. And if that’s what you’d rather do, then go for it!
3. Cut a paper straw into pieces that are 1.5 to 2 inches long. Slide each of these pieces onto either end of the pipe cleaner.
4. Trim Any excess pipe cleaner that is sticking out of the paper straw.
Tip: Trim one end first and then slide your rainbow a little down so that there is no pipe cleaner fuzz sticking out of the end.
5. Holding both paper straws, gently push the paper straw ends into the top of a frosted cupcake until the straws can go in no further or are not visible.
Since we’re doing this for St. Patrick’s Day, we used chocolate cupcakes and edible gold glitter to represent a leprechaun’s pot of gold. So cute, right?
More St. Patrick’s Day Fun
- Pot of Gold Rainbow Centerpiece Craft
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- Bailey’s Irish Cream Caramels
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Now It’s Your Turn
We had so much fun making these rainbow cupcake toppers, even if we were singing “Over the Rainbow” on repeat. Now that you know how easy it is to make them, I want to know…
What party theme would you use these for?
Would your kids go gaga if you brought home some Fruit Loops?
I love it!
Adorable! My kids saw these and said right away- I want to make them! So colorful and cute, easy cupcake decorations are the best! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!
Donna Reidland says
How adorable! My great-grands would love these!
Lauren | Mom Home Guide says
Very cute! I’m sure these toppers were a hit! Thanks for sharing them arcthe Merry Monday linky party!
These are so cool
Suzie Olsen says
What a great idea! I like the use of the rainbow on the pancakes!
frugal hausfrau says
I could see kids just loving these! And maybe making bracelets out of them, too!! Fun!! Happy Fiesta Friday!
These are so fun! I’m going to make them for my kiddos school St. Patrick’s Day parties & have them jazz up my pancakes next time!
I’ve done this before when the kids were younger and it was definitely a hit. Pinned and will be sharing this on MM.
Janet Trieschman says
Such a clever use of cereal! Thanks for visiting us at Creatively Crafty Link Party #CCBG