Make a school supply cake for Teacher Appreciation Week or to celebrate back-to-school season!
It’s that time of year when we start preparing for the new school year. This year I decided to try my hand at making a school supply cake. It’s the perfect crafty gift to give to teachers. As I was putting it together, I had a few criteria:
- It had to be sturdy enough to be carried.
- I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the structural parts.
- It had to be tall and colorful and packed with as many useful school supplies as possible.
I love how my cake turned out and I only spent a few dollars on the structural supplies, which left me more money to buy the actual school supplies!
To make your own school supply cake, you will need the following materials:
- Metal Pizza Pan (Dollar Tree and Walmart carry these for $1)
- Spray Paint
- Clean, Empty Ice Cream Bucket
- Rubber Bands
- Hot Glue Gun + Glue Sticks
- 4″ Foam Cube
- Dowel or Wooden Chopstick
- Printable Teacher Thank You Tag
- 4 boxes crayons
- 4 jumbo crayons
- 75 pencil top erasers
- about 75 pencils
- 11 bottles school glue
- 24 colored pencils
- 10 expo markers
School Supply Cake Tutorial
If you’d rather watch a video tutorial, scroll to the bottom of the post to watch this fun cake come together in less than a minute!
Step 1 Spray paint a pizza pan and let it dry completely. Hot glue the rim of an ice cream bucket and attach it upside down to the pizza pan.
Step 2 Place a rubber band around the ice cream bucket, then add pencils until the entire bucket is hidden.
Step 3 Add another rubber band around the pencils and bucket and make a layer of glue bottles around the bottom of the cake.
Step 4 Glue the foam square to the ice cream bucket.
Step 5 Add crayon boxes around the four sides of the foam and put one jumbo crayon in each corner. Secure together with a rubber band. Fill in the sides of this layer with the pencil top erasers. Push a dowel into the center of the foam square.
Step 6 Use rubber bands to attach the colored pencils to the dowel, then add the Expo markers around the colored pencils and secure them with another rubber band. Cover all of the visible rubber bands with ribbon. Attach the free printable thank you design.
To make the tag, print the design onto white cardstock, then cut around the circle. I added a scalloped blue matte to mine just for fun.
Here’s the quick video tutorial to show you exactly how this school supply cake comes together.
This project reminds me of that quote from the movie You’ve Got Mail…
“Don’t you love New York In the Fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”
We still have a lot of summer fun to get to before we’re ready for school, but the first day of school will be here before you know it!
Want more ideas like this? Click here for a round up of the cutest teacher appreciation gift ideas!