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School Supply Cake Tutorial

Has it really been a month since I posted my school supply cake? Eeek sorry about the tutorial delay! Summer has been busy but a whole lot of fun, I hope you’ll understand. ;)

Today I finally sat down to give a quick recap on how I made the school supply cake.

I’m sure there are several ways to make school supply cakes but this is what I had on hand thought worked best. Another suggestion would be to use a pvc pipe or one of those 3 packs of tissue boxes as your base.


Note: I didn’t use the notebooks


I started by taking a packaging roll and wrapping the folders around in to give it a finished look. The rubber bands held them in place.

I wrapped the pencil boxes around the tube then added the crayons. I believe I used 5 pencil boxes and 7 crayon boxes. This will depend on the size of your center item, you may need more or less supplies. In the pic below you’ll see colored pencils but I replaced them with the dixon box of pencils (I’ll tell you why in a sec). Before you arrange your items pull the folders up so they cover the top of the tube if yours is longer like mine was. I learned the hard way and did it AFTER I had everything in place, definitely not recommended. ;)

Next were the school glue bottles. By folding the pencil boxes down a little it provided the perfect base for the glue bottles to sit on. I removed the colored pencil boxes because they weren’t the same size and made them uneven. As you can see everything is held together with rubber bands. Make sure they are thick enough to hold your supplies steady. I finished it off by adding glue sticks on the top, for extra security I applied foam mounting tape under the glue sticks which has worked great!

Then add ribbon and you’re done!

But of course I always have to add something so to make it even cuter I used the Lifestyle Crafts pennants die and Canvas Corp chalkboard paper to make a banner. I hot glued it onto twine and tied it on the rulers. Super cute, right? It’s my favorite part of this whole cake! :)

So are you ready for the new school year? My son starts on Monday and I’m so not ready for him to go back! We’re celebrating my daughter’s birthday tomorrow so it’s going to be a fun last weekend of Summer!

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up to these parties, TCB


  1. Hi! I’m visiting from Tatertots & Jello! Love this idea… I’ll have to remember it for when I have school aged kids! :-)

  2. This the coolest! All the bright colors go great together. I’d be so grateful to get that if I was a teacher :)

  3. Perfect, Crystal. Very interesting and useful for school going kids. It stimulate their creativity.

    Thanks for sharing…

  4. That looks awesome!

  5. Yours is one of the cutest I’ve seen … I love your little banner. What a great project!

  6. Wow, this looks awesome! I’d love for you to come share this at our Pinteresting Party!

  7. This is so adorable!! I found you via the Networking Blog Hop and am now following you via GFC! I’d love a visit back at http://www.two-in-diapers.blogspot.com when you get the chance! :)

  8. That looks fun! We homeschool year round, so there’s no real “back to school” at our house — but it would be great with art supplies (bought at the back to school sales, of course!)

  9. Absoluetly adorable, useable gift for any body who teaches and where ever. I am going to make 2 for our neighborhood school. Im a senior but my kids and theres went there. Thank you. Glad your enjoying the summer and its allmost over for some? Susan M. J glad your back xxxooo

  10. I LOVE this idea, the way you put together the supply cake is ADORABLE! Stopping by from the Networking Blog Hop…I would love if you would stop by and say hello :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

  11. Such a great idea! Super cute! Found you from thee Networking Blog Hop!


  12. So cute! I am a teacher so I would definitely appreciate this gift!

    @Everyday with the Jays

  13. So today was the first day of school!k I hope it went well!

  14. As a teacher I would fall over if a student brought this in for the first day of school. It is too cute!

  15. I L-O-V-E this!! How creative! Would you mind sharing it at my current back to school linky party? http://thenatureofgrace.blogspot.com/2012/07/reading-spot-and-homeschool-havens-link.html

  16. This is soooo cute! The teacher is going to be loving you! Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We loved having you and hope you will come back soon! -The Sisters

  17. This is absolutely ADORABLE!!! Love it! Would love for you to come share your supply cake & all your back to school ideas at our BACKtoSCHOOL Resource Link Up here http://www.mercyinkblog.com/back-to-school-tips-tricks-tools
    We’d also love to have you share your projects at the weekly Heart&Home Link up (Tues am thru Sun pm).
    Oh, pinning now!! :)

  18. Amazing! You did a fantastic job!

  19. Ok, this is seriously just too cute! I kinda want one : ) I have always LOVED school supplies. I think I was having more fun the other day when I took my son to get his! I am featuring you on Sunday, have a great weekend! : )

  20. I would love for you to link this post to my Back to School Traditions link up! It is awesome! http://www.jdaniel4smom.com/2012/08/back-to-school-tradtions-link-up.html

  21. Cute teacher gift idea. Thanks for linking up to our Pretty Things party. Hope to see you back next week!

  22. Crystal, Thanks for sharing your take on the back to school supply cake. It’s so colorful, I love it! I’ve pinned it to my back to school board and I am seriously considering a run to pick up more supplies when they go on sale just so that I can make one of these!

    Thanks for linking up to Show & Tell on SNAP!

    xoxo, Tauni

  23. Adorable Idea! I would love for you link this up at my first LINK PARTY!


  24. A really special, beautiful idea!:- )

  25. LOVE this cake! I am making one as a good-bye gift for a student teacher I have in my classroom right now. TFS!

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