DIY Back To School Supply Cake

30 Minutes

This was seriously one of my most fun projects ever to put together!! Ryobi actually reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to partner on a back to school project. I told them how my little one was starting Kindergarten next year and I really wanted to surprise her teacher with a back to school supply cake! They were so gracious to send me several glue guns and a drill kit to include with the cake! So I started out by gathering my supplies.

There is so many sales going on right now so I was able to get a screaming deal on everything I snagged! I spent $26 total on this entire cake!


Crayons - 24 Pack

Colored Pencils

Glue Sticks

School Glue

No 2 Wood Pencils

Fine Tip Markers

Sidewalk Chalk

Ryobi Full Size Glue Gun With Interchangeable Tips

Ryobi Compact Glue Gun

Ryobi Brushless Drill Kit With Batteries

Box of Four Kleenex

Step One - Build The Base of Your Cake

I started by building the base of my cake. I used the Ryobi drill kit as the very bottom, the box of kleenex as the middle tier, and the sidewalk chalk as the top tier. I placed these together before I started gluing just so I was sure I had my placement right. Then I went ahead and added a few dots of glue to the bottom of each tier to ensure they didn't topple over. Once you have your base made, you can start adding on your other school supplies.

This is also something you'll want to keep in mind while you're purchasing your items. You'll want to ensure you have three items of various sizes to create your base. I knew I had the drill kit on hand so I picked up two more items, one of medium size, and one of a smaller size to complete the cake.

Step Two - Add Your Supplies

Now is when the real fun starts! I laid all my school supplies out on the ground so I could see everything that I had and make sure I used most of what I had. I started at the base by hot gluing a few packs of markers to the front of the cake. I had enough supplies to be able to decorate the sides and front and back. I glued glue sticks up the side of the cake, and randomly attached the colored pencils, more markers and wood pencils around the sides of the cake.

I had enough materials left over that I wasn't sure what to do with them, so I created a fourth tier to the cake by combining several packs of crayons, and a container of school glue on either side!

I used the Ryobi glue gun as the stunner, and attached this by hot gluing around the edges and pushing it against the front of the cake. We will later secure this even more!

I then took the four rulers that I had picked up and attached them to the front of the cake, behind the glue gun for a fun effect! Then I had to figure out how to secure the supply cake even more. I had some fun colored ribbon on hand and decided to use this so I didn't have to make a special trip to the store for more. I did think it would be fun to include an alphabet ribbon or something school themed, but didn't have the time to go looking for that.

Step Three - Secure Your Cake

I secured each tier of my cake by cutting ribbon and wrapping it around each tier. I then tied a bow on the front of the cake and used my hot glue gun to secure the ribbon so it didn't slip. This also helped it look more like a cake and less like a lump of school supplies haha! I am so excited to be able to gift this to Ryan's teacher, and be able to help out with their supplies this year in the classroom! And seriously I am so gracious to Ryobi for donating so many items to gift to her teacher as well, it will not go unnoticed!!

Hayden Scharrer
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  • Jenny Jenny on Aug 13, 2021

    Do you think the other parents will ever forgive you?!!!!

  • Sha25881906 Sha25881906 on Aug 13, 2021

    I don't understand why any teacher would need a drill so I ask why?


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  • Teresa Teresa on Aug 13, 2021

    That was a very generous thing for you to do and Ryobi for donating, plus you had fun doing it. Thank you for sharing😀

    • Hayden Scharrer Hayden Scharrer on Aug 13, 2021

      Thank you!! Ryobi was so generous, I'm so thankful they wanted to help out too! Other than that it was an extremely affordable way to help our teachers out!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 20, 2021

    More often that not, teachers end up paying for needed basic supplies before the school year is finished, due to insufficient budgets in schools. Your 'cake' is just as attractive as an edible one, but far more practical and long lasting.

    • Hayden Scharrer Hayden Scharrer on Aug 20, 2021

      Thank you so much!! They sure do, and I'm hoping this helps out even if it's just a tiny bit in the grand scheme of things!