Hip, Hip, Hooray for amazing teachers! Teacher Appreciation Week is fast approaching (May 7-11), and it is time to begin thinking of some fun ways to shower your favorite teachers with some appreciation. What says I appreciate you more than a school supplies cake to replenish their school supplies?
Every single day, I count my blessings for the amazing school and the teachers that are in my kid’s lives. We wanted to show our teachers just how much we appreciate them with a special gift this year. Today I wanted to show you how to make a school supplies cake for your favorite teacher. The best part about this is that this project can be accommodated to your own budget. You can stock up on cute fillers at the dollars store, you can add tiers to the ceiling OR you can keep it simple with just a couple of layers. Whatever you budget, this project can fit with this easy craft.
Supplies Needed (if you are replicating my cake):
1 square of sturdy cardboard (I used an old box)
Sterlite 5.5 Quart Clear Storage Container
4 White Glues
2 boxes of 48 count crayons
6 glue sticks
48 No. 2 Pencils (two boxes)
1 package of ballpoint pens (any variety)
1 square box of tissues
50 count tub of markers (I got the Crayola Pip-Squeaks Telescoping Tower)
A picture of your child
3 yards of ribbon (I used the Offray Polka Dot Red Ribbon)
To begin, we are going to cover our recycled cardboard base with your favorite color of gift wrap.
In the center of your base, securing with tape as you go, stack two glues on each side of your Kleenex square. (Side note: if you see the glue standing up in subsequent pictures, just know that I quickly realized that they needed to be flat for the base to be flush with the cardboard base. This is the right way to do it.)
Slide your plastic container over your glue and tissue paper. This should all fit together really tightly. You can secure your storage container to the cardboard base with more packing tape.
Next, using more packing tape, add your tube of markers on top. I taped the lid on the markers to make sure that everything stayed secure.
Next up, we will add our two boxes of crayons. I secured these on top of the markers with more packing tape.
On each side of your crayon layer, add three glue sticks. I stuck these on with a little regular tape or you can use double-stick tape for this one.
Bundle your pencils up into two bundles of 24 pencils. Wrap each bundle with rubber bands. Slip your ruler between the two boxes of crayons and secure the ruler with tape on the inside of the two boxes. Add each bundle of crayons on each side of the ruler and then secure with masking tape.
With a little tape, add a little package of ballpoint pens to the front of your storage container.
Wrap your layer of pencils, your layer of crayons, and your storage container base in ribbon, with a simple double knot.
For the final touch, add a cute picture of your child with a message to their teacher. I did this in Picnik and it breaks my heart to hear that they will be closing their doors for photo editing. I found that PicMonkey is a great place to upload your photo and add text very quickly and easily. You can choose from a variety of fonts and colors.
Save your image once you have finished it. If you have a photo printer, you can print these out at home. I printed mine on 4×6 Kodak paper with my photo printer. If you don’t have a photo printer, Walmart offers one hour prints (for a 4×6) for $.09. With a little tape on the back of your image, secure it to a simple skewer and then tuck it in and tape it to your ruler.
I couldn’t resist adding a sweet treat just for our teachers. I am working on making these Easy Felt Fabric Brooches for each of them as a fun little surprise. I can’t wait to make these in a few other colors and I know they will be the perfect accessory to their jackets this year!
Looking for more great teacher gift ideas? Look no further! Here is a round-up of my favorite gifts to give to the amazing teachers in our lives.
1. Raise Your Hand If You Mustache a Question Printable & Mustache Mug
2. Rolled Rosette Pins
3. Light & Fluffy Baked Cake Donuts
4. No-Slip Bookmarks
5. Oatmeal Cookies & Milk Bath Soak
6. Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Brownies
7. Easy Felt Fabric Brooches
8. Light Snickerdoodle Biscotti
9. Rolled Rosette Ribbon Rings
10. Fabric Flower Pins
11. Oreo Cookie Biscotti
12. Honey Nut Granola
What gifts do you have up your sleeve for you teachers this year? What gift has been the biggest hit? I would love to hear your ideas!
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