The Panini Toppers: How to Make ‘Em

People put cute toppers on cupcakes all the time…why not sandwiches too? Even if you’re not a “crafty type” you’ll find these panini toppers (click here to download) are incredibly easy to put together. Here are some simple step-by-step instructions.

You’ll need:

Then it takes just 3 easy steps:

Step 1 - Cut out the design you want

1. Cut out the design you want to use (the circular ones have both a front and a back).

Step 2 - Apply glue and position the toothpick

2. Apply glue to the blank side of each piece and lay a toothpick in the center of the back piece.

Step 3 - Place the front piece on top and press to stick it all together

3. Place the front piece on top and press to stick it all together. Make sure the toothpick is firmly secured between the paper pieces. It takes a just a few minutes to dry and there you have your fun panini topper!

For the flag style, it’s just as easy:

Step 3 - Fold the flag in half and make a crease

1. Fold the flag in half and make a crease.

Step 2 - Open it back up and rub the glue stick over the entire white side.

2. Open it back up and rub the glue stick over the entire white side. Lay a toothpick along the crease.

Step 3 - Fold the flag over and press to stick

3. Fold the flag over and press to glue it together. Voilà – “XOXO!”

Thanks again to Petite Lemon for designing this awesome download for Panini Happy! Be sure to check out all of their beautiful personalized decor and stationery designs at


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  1. Kathy, these toppers are so adorable! I love your website, and I absolutely LOVE panini, so I’ll definitely be coming back often to check out your recipes. You come up with such creative ideas, and they all look so yummy. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog!

    Posted 2.9.11 Reply
  2. Robin Sue wrote:

    Kathy this is an adorable idea. I love your sayings- perfect for your panini! I couldn’t think up anything that cute for BRK- hmm, I will have to put my thinking cap on.

    Posted 2.9.11 Reply
  3. kellypea wrote:

    I’m a total sucker for things like this. Pretty darn cute! Makes me remember the little notes I’d tuck in my boys, lunch once every blue moon, but these are better 😉

    Posted 2.10.11 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      It’s the newfangled version of the lunch napkin note, lol.

      Posted 2.10.11 Reply
  4. I love these. Especially cute for pictures!

    Posted 2.13.11 Reply
  5. Alissa wrote:

    Kathy, L-O-V-E this idea. My son loves when his sandwiches come with frilly toothpicks. If I put one of these cute toppers in his lunch box sandwich or his Thursday Night Panini (Thursday is Panini Night at our house!), he’d be over the moon. Thanks for the idea!

    Posted 2.22.11 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Definitely for panini night! (Glad to hear this is still happening :-))

      Posted 2.22.11 Reply