Sassy has a different learning style than I did as a child. She has a better grasp on the material when non-traditional methods are used, but teachers simply do not have the TIME to adapt the curriculum to each individual student's specific learning style and still cover the massive amounts of material they are required to cover . And I totally get that.
You could use any tissue boxes, but I picked the small flat boxes because: 1) they had cute designs that matched the color scheme I had picked for each cake 2) they were the perfect size to create small feet for the cake, but then tape 2 boxes together to create a 2nd "layer" that was a good size compared to the bottom "layer" for the file box.
Looking back, I should have invested in some double-sided tape. Instead, I used packing tape and rolled the small pieces into a circle so that it was sticky on both sides when flattened. This worked, but double-sided tape would probably work better.
Then it was decoration time!
First, I lined up an entire row of pencils and put a single layer of tape in the middle, front and back, so that they would be stable once taped to the file box. Although you cannot see it, the left side also has a line of markers and the right side has a line of pens that I did the same thing with. I then used packing tape and attached all the different items to the file box. The front has pencils and short fat markers, the left side has the fine-tip markers, the right side has pens, and the back has stickers. The nice thing is that the cheap education-themed bulletin board border from the dollar store is the SAME size as the packing tape. So after securely taping all the items to the bottom layer of my cake, I then taped the border over it to hide the tape.
For the second layer, I taped items to the tissue boxes, again using packing tape. Crayons and glue sticks are on the front, then I added a box of staples and paper clips on the left, then a package of index cards on the right. On the back, I added a cute thing of assorted Post-It type notes. After I taped these items on to the second layer, I added scissors to each side (the blue/green items shoved between the items and tissue boxes). Then I completed the layer by adding the border on top of the packing tape.
For the final layer, I filled a mesh wire cup from the office supply section of the dollar store with a bunch of erasers. I taped 3 Post-It pads together, then taped the pads to the bottom of the cup. I created a lid for the cup from scrap piece of border taped over the top, then added the bow. I put a circle of border on the outside of the cup and taped the entire piece to the top of the tissue boxes, then added 2 tape dispensers to either side of the final "layer."
Here is a shot of the back of the cake:
After it was all said and done, each teacher received the following:
- 1 File Box
- 4 Tissue Boxes
- 24 Pencils
- 10 Fat Markers
- 24 Fine-Tip Markers
- 10 Pens
- 2 Sticker Sheets
- 1 Crayon Box
- 1 Index Card Package
- 1 Paperclip Box
- 1 Staples Box
- 6 Glue Sticks
- 1 Post-It Assortment
- 4 Scissors
- 2 Tape Dispensers
- 3 Post-It Pads
- 1 Mesh Wire Cup
- Eraser assortment
The girls LOVED giving these to their teachers. Their teachers LOVED them and sent thank-you cards. Other teachers ooh'd and ahh'd over them. The other students in the classroom were super excited about them.
And it cost less than $50. As far as time goes, the first one took about 1.5 hours, but that included figuring out how to attach everything, where it would all go, and lots of trial and error. The second one took about 20 minutes.
So, now is the PERFECT time to hit up the back-to-school sales and snag some deals for your family AND for a creative teacher's gift that will be sure to please. I'm actually going shopping tonight to make another school supply cake to donate to a silent auction that will benefit some organizations in the area in their back-to-school campaigns as they raise money and collect supplies for families that need help obtaining them. I'll be sure to post a picture of the end result in a later post. Hopefully not 3 months later, like this post.