DIY School Supply “Cake” | Unique Back to School Teacher Gift Idea!

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Show a teacher your appreciation with this fun DIY “cake” consisting of school supplies!

DIY School Supply "cake"

No eating this cake!

Are you looking for a creative way to donate school supplies to a deserving teacher and/or school? With the back-to-school season here, check out this fun and easy-to-make tiered “cake” using the components of a school supply list!

The best part is you can use the school supplies you already have on hand as I did in my example, or you can use whatever you find on sale. What a great way to take advantage of all the amazing back-to-school deals we’ve been sharing here on Hip2Save!

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School’s back in session 📚✏️

Given the unconventional school year from 2020 into 2021, it’s important we help teachers know how much we support them in making their classrooms safe, healthy, and fun! We know that teachers already invest so much into creating the perfect classroom for their students, so this “cake”, consisting of all tools that would be on a school supplies list, is such a thoughtful gift to make and super useful too!

painting boxed with black paint

Crayola crayons packs attached to box with rubber bands

Sharpie markers attached to box with rubber bands

putting ribbon around Elmer's glue bottles

putting ribbon around school supply "cake"

DIY school supply "cake" on table

DIY School Supply "Cake"


Supplies Needed



Paint the boxes, if desired, and let dry.


Place two rubber bands around the middle of the largest bottom box and then place desired school supplies around the edges (under the rubber bands). I used 11 24-count boxes of Crayola crayons to cover the bottom box.


Stack and attach the middlebox using heavy-duty mounting tape, and repeat the steps using rubber bands to hold school supplies. I used 13 bottles of Elmer’s School Glue to cover the middle layer, and stuck in a few pairs of kid scissors as a fun accent.


Repeat the same steps with the top box. It took me 49 Colorful Sharpie Markers to cover the top box, but you could also use highlighters, #2 pencils, dry erase markers, or any other school supply, really! Note: I decided not to use the lid for the top tier so it could hold the wipes and hand sanitizer inside instead.


Lastly, cover the rubber bands with decorative tape or ribbon.That’s it!

School Supplies Tower Gift

This teacher gift is just way too cute!

School supplies are appreciated by all teachers, and this is such a fun and festive way to present all the goodies! I hope you’ll give it a shot, too. It’s sure to be appreciated by your child’s teacher, whether they’re in the classroom or not!

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Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 10

  1. Travelqueen87

    This is so cute – has anyone found disinfectant wipes anywhere? I’ve not been able to find any since February!

    • Ms

      Amazon and For Amazon, you need to keep monitoring clorox wipes (3 pack). They go in stock for only an extremely brief period then out of stock again. But they do go in and out of stock often. Max qty 3 per 7 day period per customer service. has Clorox wipes and Kirkland disinfecting wipes for delivery. A higher price as shipping & handling are built in. Some people have luck finding them in store but none in my nearest Costco since March.

      • Travelqueen87

        Thanks all!

    • lindak

      I got a3 pack of Clorox wipes at Target last week. Went back a couple of days later and they had single Target brand wipes. Have also found them on and off at Kroger and Walmart. I go at 7:30 on my way to work.

    • Beth

      They are in stock everywhere around here (Wisconsin) even on clearance at most stores to keep them moving. Large canisters for about $2.20 at Sam’s club and soft packs on clearance for $1 at Walmart. And hand sanitizer on clearance for $.25 at most places (even expensive places like Cvs and Walgreens) Bottles of hand soaps for $.25 too. Crazy low prices for stocking up.

    • sandy-4

      Amazon had them

  2. frugal-fit-sexy

    Great idea, I’ll give this to hubby as hell be home schooling our 3 kids this year. School district just went 100% remote.

  3. Mama2Nine

    Call your school first. I bought an insane amount of snacks and supplies for my kids classes. Our schools will not allow parents or anyone minus staff and students in the school. They can’t accept outside stuff either. Our kids have no homework and they are not allowed to use backpacks or lunch boxes. I am lucky that I have nine kids to use all of those extra supplies at home and eat the snacks. 😅

  4. Ann

    School will probably be remote by October so I highly doubt these items will be needed much.

  5. jessa

    I think people are struggling enough in this economy. Good luck with your “wishlist”. 🙄 You may want to check your spelling…teacher 🤭🥴

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