Back to School Supply Cake | #create2educate art supply tower

Back to School Supply Cake | #create2educate art supply tower

Back to School Supply Cake – #create2educate art supply tower | We have been getting pretty excited about the new school year around here. My little guy and I have been doing some major back to school planning and shopping this past week.

Back to School Supply Cake Michaels Stores #create2educate
While re-stocking some of our own school supplies we thought it would be fun to create a supply cake for our local human services therapeutic day program. The special needs organization has help us out in the past so being able to give a little back to their art program feels good this time of year.

School and Art Supply Cake Tower #create2educate
We had a little fun with everything we picked up and decided to put together a Back to School Supply Cake. We picked up all of the supplies at Michaels to kickoff their #create2educate event – (more details on that are below!)

Almost of the supplies used for our tower are ‘teacher favorites’ and found on many standard back-to-school lists. I’ve listed the exact amounts needed to make this Back to School Supply cake below – however any thing can be substituted out to fit the child/grade/school needs.

How to Make a Back to School Supply Cake Art Supply Tower #create2educate Materials Needed:
Darice® Value Pack Paper Mache Box Set – Round – 6, 8, & 10 in
Black Craft Smart® Chalkboard Paint
Green Craft Smart® Chalkboard Paint
Ashland® Charger, Gold

11 Boxes of Crayola® Crayons
50 Markers – Crayola® Classic Broad Line Markers, Crayola® Broad Line Washable Markers, & Crayola® Washable Dryerase™ Broad Line Markers
28 Elmer’s® Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks
5 Bottles of Elmer’s® Washable School Glue, 7.61oz.
11 Pairs of Fiskars Pointed-tip Kids Scissors
48 Crayola® Colored Pencils

Aleene’s® Tacky™ Craft Putty
Alphabet Celebrate It® 360°™ Twill Ribbon
Black & White Celebrate It® 360°™ Grosgrain Side-Stitched Ribbon, 1 1/2″

Additional Supplies Needed: Brushes, Tape, Rubber Bands, Glue Gun, Glue Sticks

Optional Topper: Yarn, Scrapbook Paper, Two Wooden Skewers

School Supply Tower #create2educateStep One: Paint and stack the boxes. For this Back to School Supply Cake the 6, 8 and 10 inch round boxes are used.

Back to School CraftsPlace a little bit of tacky craft putty between the boxes to give the tower stability. The putty is reposition-able and easily removable as well.

School Supply Tower #create2educateStep Two: Working from the bottom layer up, begin stacking the school supplies.

Crayons are used for the bottom layer. For a sleeker look tape the top tab of the box down, as shown above.

Back to School Cake #create2educateOnce the boxes are in position, stretch a rubber band around them to hold them in place.

Teacher Gift Ideas #create2educateMarkers are used for the next layer. A mix of regular, washable, and dry erase markers were used for this tower.

School Supply Cake Craft #create2educateOnce the markers are stacked, use another rubber band to hold them in place.

School Supply Gift #create2educate

How to Make a School Supply Cake #create2educateGlue sticks are then used to line the rim of the top box.

School Supplies #michaelsmakers #create2educateTo hold the glue sticks in place and give them some stability double sided tape is used, as shown above. The bottom of the glue sticks are hollow however, the tape holds them place well enough to move the tower around without having them fall over.

Tower of School Supplies Michaels #create2educate

Creative School Supply TowerKid friendly scissors are then tucked behind the row of markers. Tacky putty is used to hold them in place, as shown above and below.

Teacher Gift Idea Michaels #create2educate

Tower of Art Supplies #create2educate

Art Supply Cake Michaels #create2educateLastly, place five bottles of school glue to the top.

Again, use a little bit of the tacky putty on the bottom of each bottle to hold them in place.

ABC Ribbon Michaels #create2educateStep Three: Embellish the tower with ribbon. Grosgrain and alphabet twill were used for this tower.

How to Make an Art School Supply Tower Cake Michaels #create2educateHot glue holds the ribbon in place – A little dab is all that is needed – one to attach the beginning of the ribbon and one to secure the end.

Alphabet Teacher Ribbon Michaels #create2educate

Back To School Supply Cake #create2educate MichaelsStep Four: Add the Topper.

Colored pencils were used to fill in the space between the bottles of glue. To keep them together, place them in a paper cup and tuck the cup down in between the glue bottles, as shown below.

School Supply Cake #create2educate

Pom Pom Cake Topper The topper for this tower was made similar to the topper used on the Dum Dum Lollipop Cake.  It’s requires just a few simple supplies: two homemade pompoms, scrapbook paper pendants and two wooden skewers.

The yarn pom poms were made using the same technique as the Yarn Ball Pom Pom Garland I made a couple years ago and the pennants are simply double triangles cut from decorative scrapbook paper.

School Supply Cake Teacher Gift | Michaels #create2educate Both are strung on a piece of black satin roping and tied to two wooden skewers that were spray painted black.

Back to School Supply Tower Cake #create2educate Michaels Stores

Back to School Supplies #create2educate #michaelsmakersAll of the supplies can be easily removed and the storage boxes used for the base can be re-used as well.

Back to School Crafts Teacher Gifts #create2educate

Teacher Appreciation Gifts #create2educateAre you ready and excited for this school year to begin?

School and Art Supply Cake Tower #create2educateCreate your own Back to School project for a chance to win with Michaels #create2educate!

#Create2Educate is a sweepstakes to keep you inspired all year long! Just create an original back-to-school project and upload a picture of it to Instagram.

Don’t forget to tag #Create2Educate and #sweepstakes and while you’re at it, tag @MichaelsStores too!

The contest runs Friday, August 1 through Friday, August 15 and a random winner will be selected daily and receive a $50 gift card to Michaels. Plus all entries will be shared on!

For more details, rules and regulations visit Michaels #create2educate.

School Supply Cake Art Supply Tower #create2educate


  1. This is so beautiful! Perfect gift for back to school! I love it!

  2. What a wonderful idea! You’ll have them creating in no time!

  3. Love this!! So cute and colorful…. not to mention so fun! Thanks for sharing! Happy new week! xo Holly

  4. Oh my! This is so awesome. You did such a lovely job! I’ll be pinning for sure. It might be a great teacher appreciation luncheon centerpiece too 🙂

  5. Sandra Benjamin :

    Love this , it will make a nice display for our next Back to School party.


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