Build-a-Cake Play Set

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Build-a-Cake Play Set
Ages preschooler

2-1/2 years and up

This whimsical kit is easily made by covering three cardboard boxes with felt, then cutting out piping and other decorations from the leftover material. The felt sticks to itself, so your little decorator can design and redesign her confection as often as she'd like. The icing on the cake for parents? All of the pieces store neatly inside the bottom box when not in use.

What you'll need

  • Disappearing fabric marker (the ink fades from the felt)
  • 3 round cardboard boxes in graduated sizes (ours measure 7-1/2, 4, and 3 inches; we got them at Michaels for $6 total)
  • Felt (we used 1/4 yard each for the large and medium-size boxes and 1/8 yard for the small, plus two 9- by 12-inch sheets for decorations)
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure (optional)
  • Tacky glue
  • Sponge brush and bowl (optional, for spreading the glue)
Helpful Tip:

For easier cutting, first iron freezer paper (shiny side down) to the felt. Use a glue stick to adhere templates to the freezer paper, then cut out the shapes and peel off the paper.

How to make it

  1. Build-a-Cake Play Set - Step 1

    Using the marker, trace the lid of the largest box onto the felt, as shown, then cut out the shape. Next, measure and cut two strips of felt, one to fit around the side of the lid and the other to fit around the side of the box (leave the area under the lid uncovered, as shown, so that the box will close). Glue the pieces to the box and lid. Do the same for the remaining boxes.

  2. Cut out felt decorations, such as flowers and piping (for templates).

  3. Build-a-Cake Play Set - Step 3

    To make a candle, download our templates. Trace the shapes onto felt and cut them out. Glue together the candle and flame as shown.

  4. Build-a-Cake Play Set - Step 4

    Run a line of glue along the right edge of the square, then starting from the left, roll the material into a cylinder shape.

  5. Build-a-Cake Play Set - Step 5

    Glue the half-circles onto the bottom of the candle as shown. Let the glue dry, then fold down the pink flaps.

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