How Can You Make a Three Layer Cake Out of Paper?

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How Can You Make a Three Layer Cake Out of Paper?
A small paper cake for each table makes a centrepiece that can store party favours inside. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

You can use a sturdy paper layer cake as a reusable decoration for weddings, bridal showers and baby showers. When the party is over, this cake can open up into three storage spaces that you can use for craft gear, office supplies or -- appropriately enough -- the cards and wedding invitations you have received over the years. Best of all, you can decorate this cake however you want, from elegant white to a funky mix of bright colours that would be nearly impossible on a real cake.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Three round boxes with lids (small, medium and large)
  • Decorative paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Streamers, ribbon, stickers, silk flowers or other decorative items

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  1. 1

    Wrap a large piece of decorative paper around the biggest box and make pencil marks to show the length and width of the paper you'll need to cut to cover it. Cut out a strip as wide as the box is high and as long as the circumference of the box. Repeat for the medium and small boxes.

  2. 2

    Turn each of the three lids upside down onto decorative paper and trace around them with the pencil. Cut out the three circles of paper, cutting an inch or two outside each line to allow for enough paper to cover the lip of each lid.

  3. 3

    Glue the circles of paper to the tops of the lids, wrapping the extra down over the lip and folding any excess up inside the rim of the lid. Glue the strips of paper to the sides of the boxes to cover them completely. Wait for the glue to dry.

  4. 4

    Glue the medium box to the centre of the large lid. Glue the small box to the centre of the medium lid. Wait for the glue to dry.

  5. 5

    Assemble the cake by putting the lids on the boxes. Decorate the cake as desired with streamers, crepe paper, artificial flowers, ribbon or other decorative items of your choice. If the seams where you glued the decorative paper are unattractive, cover them up with symmetrical decorations.

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