{Craft} Teacher’s Gift Tutorial: School Supplies Diaper Cake #GlueNGlitter

October 10, 2011 in All Posts, DIY, Sponsored Posts

I’m all about the diaper cake these days.  They’re such a fabulous decor piece – plus, the lucky recipient gets to take home the fruits of your well-meaning labor and put your present to good use long after the party.  In case you missed the last one, here’s my tutorial for the pink and bling diaper cake I made for my friend A’s Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice baby shower.

This time, I put a new spin on the “diaper cake” and turned it into a cute teacher’s gift by using all school supplies instead of diapers.

Even better than the excitement of a new crafty creation, though, was the fact that these teacher supplies are heading to a friend who is on a tour of duty and is need of children’s school supplies where he is posted.  (Originally, this gift was for Jane’s teachers, but I can always make more!).

Here’s what you’ll need to create your own unique teacher’s gift and an easy how-to guide:


This particular “cake” is especially fun to make because the sky’s the limit in terms of what you can include.  The possibilities are endless, especially if you add more tiers to your cake.  Instead of following my tutorial to a tee, you could add folders, notebooks, construction paper, pencil pouches, protractors, compasses, highlighters, you name it!  Just make sure you have a strong, secure base.  I like that part of this cake’s base is a box, which I was able to fill with extra pencils, crayons, highlighters, erasers, etc.

If your local store carries a larger selection of Elmer’s CraftBond products, definitely try them out!  I was dying to use the Adhesive Squares, Scrapbooking Tape, Glue Spots and Permanent Dot Runner, but it wasn’t available.

Step 1

Create your tiers.

For the first tier, I found this great gift box on clearance with Cesare Pavese‘s words, “We do not remember days; we remember moments” inscribed along the lid.  Right away I knew that this box would be the base of our cake.  The hope of this gift is not just to provide materials to a teacher, but to pave the way for a child to create his own happy memories through learning, art and creativity.  Using a box also gave me the added benefit of being able to stuff it full of other school supplies not used as part of the “cake decor” to create a richer present.

I added a circle of Elmer’s CraftBond Multi-Purpose Glue approximating the circumference of the Crayola Pip Squeaks Telescoping Marker Tower and glued the tower onto the box as the base for my second tier.

Next, I unspooled the ribbon and glued the empty spool onto the marker tower to create the base for the third tier of the “cake.”

Using the Spray Adhesive, I re-attached a length of the ribbon back onto the spool.  This part was awesome!  I had never sprayed glue before and this was the easiest way to attach two fabric ends together.

Step 2

Build out your second tier.

I glued the glue decor components (Elmer’s Washable School Glue, Elmer’s Clear Washable School Glue, and Elmer’s Disappearing Purple Washable Glue Sticks) on top of the second tier and around the third tier base (the ribbon spool).  There has to be some meaning in that – using the materials to build the final product!

Of course, where there’s glue, there’s Jane.  (We were doing “construction,” so she put on her hard hat).

Step 3

Decorate your second tier.

For my second tier, I used the Spray Adhesive again to stick a layer of ribbon around the marker tower.

Then, I used a combination of the Spray Adhesive and All-Purpose Glue to glue cute little apple calculators to individual crayon boxes I took out of the Crayola 96 crayon pack box.  Lastly, I glued the calculator/crayon decor combos to the perimeter of the box lid.

Step 4

Create and decorate a base board so you can transport your cake.

Of course, you could do this step first, but my creative process isn’t always linear!  (I ran into the same issue with the Baby Shower Diaper Cake).  I used the Spray Adhesive to glue a piece of striped specialty cardstock onto a cardboard sheet from our recycling bin.  This is where I think the Spray Adhesive really shone!  If you ever have to glue paper to another smooth surface and don’t want cracks, bubbles or mess, this is definitely the way to do it.  It took all of two seconds and the result was perfect.

I didn’t want to waste precious teacher’s supplies space, so I added some Crayola Washable Fingerpaint bottles to the base by gluing them down with the Spray Adhesive.

Step 5

Create your third tier.

I took two rulers lying vertically on their sides, bound them together with a binder clip through their existing punched holes, set two mini-calculators at the top and the bottom and then filled the hollow space in the middle with a zillion No. 2 pencils.  I bound everything with a few rubber bands to keep everything tightly in place.

Step 6

Put on your final decorations!

At the front of the “cake,” I filled in the gap on the base with Elmer’s 3D Glitter Glue Pens and the cutest teeny tiny tape dispensers.

I filled in any random holes in the design.

Finally, I moved to the top of the cake and added some paintbrushes, a bunch of colorful binder clips and flower-shaped traditional binder clips.

Here are shots of the finished School Supplies “Diaper Cake” Teacher’s Gift!

Happy Crafting!

To read about my shopping experience with Jane for some of the supplies used in this “cake,” visit my story on Intersect here.

Disclaimer:  This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter #collectivebias #CBias.  This does not mean that I was told what to write by the sponsor(s) nor does it mean that the sponsor(s) wrote this post and I merely copied it onto my blog.  The content of this post was created entirely by me and consists solely of my own unbiased opinions and/or thoughts, but I’m sure you could already tell!

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