I just learned how to do this craft, and it is sooooo easy! You can use them for all kinds of things, too:
~Fill them with candy or small gifts
~Give them to teachers for teacher appreciation week (especially if your kids have 50 teachers)
~Give one to a girlfriend on her birthday
~Make a whole cake, filled with candy, and display on a cake stand for a birthday party.
Wanna learn how?
Get some cute scrap paper, and cut it to fit your printer. My Target Dollar Spot has a pack of scrap paper for $1.00. You won't go broke on this little gift.
Download this image. *Updated- I didn't realize my computer had flipped the image and resized it for me, and it wasn't printing right for some people. So I resized the image and rotated it for you. It should almost cover an entire 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper when it prints. The actual image size should be 9.91" height x 8.05 " width. Sorry if that drove anyone nuts.*
**I've updated this post again ... the image file changes sizes for some people so I've saved the file as a PDF and you can download the file here. This way, the file should print in the correct size. **
Print it, but make sure to print it on the side of the paper that is going to be inside the cake. And test print on white before you stick the nice paper in the machine.
Cut it out.
Fold along all the dotted lines, and then score the folds with a smooth surface. I use the handle of my scissors.
Cut along this one solid line with a craft knife or razor blade.
Glue the tab at the short end of the cake, and
along the side. I like using glue sticks because you have a little time to adjust the paper before it dries. Do not glue the tabs at the fat end of the cake!
Attach the glued tabs like this.
Fill with candy (or whatever), and tuck the tab into the slot. If you like, you can glue on a flower, a ribbon or whatever embellishments you like.
If you would like to see some paper cake inspiration, you can go here, here, here and a bunch of cakes on this blog. If you're not crafty and you just want to buy one, go to this Etsy shop, or this Etsy shop. Their cakes are beautiful.
If you make one, stop by and tell me about it!