January 3, 2012

School Supplies "Cake"

I first saw this awesome idea on Pinterest when school was starting in the fall.  I pinned it, but never got around to actually making one in September.  When it came time to think of a Christmas gift idea for my kids' teachers, I remembered this school supplies cake idea and decided it would be perfect.  It fit my budget and it would be something the teachers could actually use (instead of yet another coffee mug or bottle of shower gel).  Plus, this is the time of year when all those classroom supplies brought in months ago have been used up or have disappeared (sharpened pencils with working erasers seem to meet the same fate in the classroom as socks do in the laundry room)

School Supplies Cake ~ awesome teacher gift idea


It didn't take me long at all to put together and the cakes were a HUGE hit when I brought them in to the teachers on the last day before Winter Break.

This collection of needed supplies would be a great teacher gift for Back-to-School, Christmas, Teacher Appreciation Day, Valentine's Day or "Just Because".  Plus, you could easily adapt them to include all kinds of supplies.

Here's some of the things I included in mine:



Then, all I had to do was put it all together.  I attached everything with the clear, wide packaging tape and regular scotch tape.

First, I sharpened all the pencils, attached them to the plastic storage bin I got from the Dollar Tree, and added a bit of decorative border (also in the teacher section of the Dollar Tree).


 Next, I formed a base with four square boxes of tissues taped together.  ( Later, I also added a fifth box of tissues to form the base of the top tier of the cake.)


 Then, I just started adding the various other supplies around the tiers of the cake, adding more pieces of the decorative border as I went.


Since it was still looking a little plain, I added a few bows to jazz it up a bit.



That's it! So cute, and so easy!


Now, if I was a little smarter, I would have stocked up on all the supplies for the cake during the Back-to-School sales in August.  Instead, I had use a few things from my school supplies stash (Post-it notes, crayons, etc) and purchase the rest of it new.  However, since much of it came from the dollar store, the whole "teacher tower" costs me less than $20 out of pocket.  Not bad for such a cute gift.


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41 comments:

  1. So cute. It would be a neat idea as well if you knew someone who was graduating college to become a teacher as well.

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  2. I really love this idea! I need to make one for my son's teachers!

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  3. Awesome cake! I love the border you added - looks great! I made one and didn't want to give it away :-) (http://theoutlawmom.com/2011/10/10/craft-teachers-gift-tutorial-school-supplies-diaper-cake-gluenglitter/) I actually contemplated a few days whether I should keep it!

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  4. Great idea! Definitely keeping this in my files!

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  5. Such a great idea! Will def. be "borrowing" this next year for the kids teachers for Xmas!!

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  6. I've never seen one of these. I'm sharing your idea on my FB page today. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Paige/182495291815164

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  7. Adorable! What a useful gift! I am sure they just loved it!

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  8. This is awesome! What a great Christmas present! :)

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  9. Great idea. Yours look really good. Teacher apperciation week is when I might just try this.
    Thanks for sharing
    Hopefully I will make when and keep you posted on how I did.
    Tiffanie

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  10. I love this idea! We do a School Supply Drive for beginning teachers and this would be a great way to present it to them.

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  11. Oh, what an awesome idea - maybe I'll do that for Audrey's teachers as an end of year 'stock up for next school year' gift - thnaks :)

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  12. Love this idea! Teacher's are always needing more supplies!

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  13. I am a teacher and my favourite kinds of gifts are in the form of these "consumables," but never have I seen one that looked this cute! Great job!

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  14. p.s. found your post on somewhatsimple.com. ;)

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  15. Love this idea! It is super cute and practical. I've gotta pin it! :)

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  16. LOVE this! Doesn't seem too difficult. I pinned it, want to try for Teacher Appreciation Day! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. What an inventive and useful idea! I'm definitely borrowing this. How did you attach the pencils to the storage bin, btw?

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  18. I am a teacher and I would love this. I will be making it for my children's teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day!

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  19. SCV Mom, I just used the clear packing tape to attach the pencils. I cut off a piece of the tape, put the sticky side out, then used two more pieces of tape sticky side in to attach the ends of the tape to the container. Does that make sense?

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  20. This is a wonderful idea, we are always sending so many supplies to the school, and I always send some of my products that I send to this will be a great way to incorporate them even more into something that is all useful for the room.

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  21. Found you on Skip to my Lou. Such a fantastic post! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-6.html

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  22. love love love this. i am a teacher and would absolutely love to receive this

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  23. As a teacher, I'd say dry erase markers would be a wonderful addition!

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  24. I used to be a teacher and this would be lovely! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com today!

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  25. I love this, I'm going to use this as a template for my daughter's preschool teacher as a just because gift!

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  26. I love this! I am going to make this tonight for Teacher Appreciation week. Great idea, thanks for sharing!

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  27. This is a fabulous idea!!! I'm the department head and plan on doing this for all the math teachers when we return back to school this fall!!!

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    1. It's really up to you and the supplies you choose to put on your "cake". Mine was about the size of a pencil. I'd suggest thinking about the supplies you want to use, then just stop by the dollar store and see what they have that could work as your base.

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  29. I am an educator and a parent. I love this idea. I think I will be making these for back to school gifts for my team and for my daughters teacher.

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  30. I like it! I plan on making one with few "greener" products thrown in (e.g. more natural hand sanitizer and biodegradable cleansing wipes).

    Thanks!

    Danielle

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  31. how do u attach the pencils? It seems if u use glue they would be difficult to get off

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    1. Oops, sorry, just saw this comment. I used clear packing tape, sticky side out and then stuck the pencils to that. Then I put the paper border on top of it to hide the tape and hold the pencils on a little better.

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  32. How did you get the tissue boxes at the bottom to stay??

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    1. I used loops of clear packing tape in between the boxes to get them to stick together. Hope this helps.

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