It’s “ladies celebrating ladies” time! Anyone who is a diehard fan of Parks and Rec will know the importance of Galentine’s Day also known as February 13th. Myself included! In the wise words of Leslie Knope, “it’s only the best day of the year,” so leave your romantic partners at home and kick it, breakfast style, with your nearest and dearest besties. Bring some pastries or cupcakes to your shindig including your shimmery DIY food picks or dessert toppers made with gold party foil! Not only are these easy to make, we’re providing the FREE graphics for you to upload and cut yourself! It’s a fab last minute project that you can do under 10 minutes, and your gal pals will totally appreciate the thoughtful touch.
- FREE “heart outline” and “Gal Pals” graphic cut files
- Gold party foil
- Electronic cutting machine (e.g., Cricut)
- 12×12 StrongGrip cutting mat
- Mini glue dots
- Brayer optional
Party foil is a very slippery material, and in some cuts, my “Gal Pals” was coming off of the mat when doing my project prototypes. Be sure to really rub that foil onto your StrongGrip mat. You can use your hands or a brayer, but be prepared to keep an eye on your project as it cuts with your machine just in case it needs a little rub while cutting “Gal Pals”!
This material also will show fingerprints, but use your fingers or anti-static cloth to rub the smudges away! Avoid any scratchy fabrics.
Not finding the party foil color you want? You can do this project with any material you like! Cardstock, adhesive foil on cardstock, or thick shimmery paper to name a few.
PREP IN DESIGN SPACE
Open Cricut Design Space (or your digital cutting machine software) and start a New Project. Upload our heart and Gal Pals graphics. Resize to your cupcake size or preference. Ours were 2.5″ wide.
CUT & PEEL
Place the amount of party foil you need on your StrongGrip cutting mat and let your machine do the work! Remember to rub the foil onto the mat with your fingers or brayer to make sure it doesn’t lift while it’s being cut. Once your words are cut, carefully peel the toppers away from the mat.
ADD THOSE TOOTHPICKS
Now that you have your toppers cut, place one toothpick on one of your glue dots. Carefully roll the toothpick across the glue dot, so it makes like a little toothpick burrito, and then adhere the glue dot-covered toothpick to the back bottom of your party foil cut-out!
I tried double-sided tape and a hot glue gun to get these on the toothpick, but party foil is a slick one! All adhesives I tried were ineffective or just plain messy! Glue dots are perfectly neat and extra sticky. Believe, this will be your new favorite crafting adhesive if you haven’t used it before! Glue dots on all the things!
DECORATE THOSE SWEETS
Gently place your toppers into your desserts and have a great Galentine’s Day with your ladies! Don’t let those extra hearts go to waste! Use the inner heart cut-outs as party scatter on your table for a super cute centerpiece around your treats!
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ABOUT THE MAKER
Considered an enthusiastic creator in the wedding industry since 2009, Chelsea LaVere Barton is a retired wedding photographer, editor-in-chief of Coastal Virginia’s online wedding publication, Tidewater and Tulle, and co-owner of UK-based wedding signage shop, High Oak & Co. Before her photographer days, Chelsea was a classroom art teacher and adheres to the mantra of “making life more beautiful” in all she does. When she’s not DIYing, she loves to go on local British adventures with her husband, write about said UK adventures on It’s a Hard Biscuit Life, and quietly relax at home with their cat Pickles Barrington. You can find her scrapbook of life on Instagram.
DIY TUTORIAL CREDITS
Photography + DIY Tutorial: Chelsea LaVere Barton
SHOP THE SUPPLIES
Find the supplies you’ll need for this project from our affiliate links below.
Gold Party Foil // Cricut Explore Air 2 // StrongGrip Cutting Mat // Toothpicks // Mini Glue Dots