Standing Birthday Cake Card

Lesson #7827

Create a standing birthday cake to celebrate students.

Grade Level:

The Basic Beginnings Birthday Cake and Candle or either Cupcake may also be used for this idea. These shapes can be used as game pieces, classroom manipulatives, or decorations.

Recognize a student on their special day with a stand-up desk decoration.

12270-XL-Ellison SureCut Die - Birthday Cake - XL

Supplies Used: Cardstock, Double-Sided Tape, Glue, Marking Pen, Scissors

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Fold a piece of paper in half that is twice as high, plus an additional inch, as the XL Birthday Cake (Figure A). Use the color you would like the cake plate to be.
  2. At the folded end of the paper, fold the paper back again 1/2" (Figure B).
  3. Place the twice-folded edge of the paper INSIDE the cutting edge at the bottom of the Birthday Cake. The second fold needs to lay flat (Figure C).
  4. Place the die and paper, rubber side down, into the Ellison machine and die-cut.
  5. Open the die-cut and re-fold so that the extra fold is now inside the double shape (Figure D). Use a piece of double-sided tape or glue to hold the front and back of the Birthday Cake together. Glue them together at the middle top of the Cake. When the fold is slightly pushed down, the Cake should stand.
  6. Lay the Cake down to decorate the front.
  7. Die-cut the XL Birthday Cake using two different colors of cardstock or construction paper for the colors of the cake and candles.
  8. Die-cut the XL Birthday Cake from several shades of yellow and orange, putting the paper over the Candle "flame" area only (Figure E).
  9. Adhere the lightest yellow flames to the flames on the Cake. Trim the medium shade flame around the edges and adhere to the Candle. Trim the deepest orange color flame fairly small. Adhere this to the Candle and draw a black wick (Figure F).
  10. Use the "candle color" Birthday Cake next. Trim across the tops of the Candles and just below the "frosting line." Adhere the colored Candles to the Birthday Cake (Figure G).
  11. Use the "cake color" Birthday Cake now. Trim the serving plate from the bottom of the Cake. Trim the candles from the top. Adhere the "chocolate" or other flavored Cake to the Birthday Cake base (Figure H).
  12. Using the color paper of the desired icing, die-cut XL Birthday Cake and trim away to create icing. Write "Happy Birthday Katie" or whatever message is wanted on the icing and adhere to the Birthday Cake. Alternately, computer generate the message and then cut the icing.
  13. Open the bottom fold to make a platform. The Birthday Cake will now stand (see Main Photo).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

  • Figure D

  • Figure E

  • Figure F

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