How to Make a Mini Paper Cake for Kids

by Kathryn Hatter

Leave the sugar and flour in the pantry -- you won’t need them for this sweet project. Instead, make a mini paper cake for your youngster for an engaging activity that’s a little out of the ordinary. Once you have the pieces cut out and glued together, the next step involves decorating it. Get creative with assorted odds and ends, and your toddler or preschooler can enjoy adding bright color and texture to the cake.

Items you will need

• Small round plate
• Large sheet of poster board
• Pencil
• Scissors
• Ruler
• White glue
• Clothespin
• Ribbons
• Sequins
• Poster paints
• Paintbrush
Step 1

Place the plate onto the sheet of poster board and trace around it twice with the pencil to make the top and the bottom of the cake. Cut out the cake pieces with the scissors.

Step 2

Measure the diameter of the circles with the ruler. Now it’s time to use your high school geometry. Remember Pi -- 3.14? You’re going to need Pi to make your cake. Multiply the diameter of the circles by 3.14 to get the circumference around the circles. For example, if the circle diameter was 5.25 inches, then 5.25 times 3.14 equals 16.48 inches. Add about 1/2 inch to this measurement to enable you to overlap the ends and glue, so your circumference would be roughly 17 inches.

Step 3

Draw a piece of poster board with a length that is the calculated circumference and a width that is as high as you want your cake, perhaps about 3 inches. Cut out your long rectangle.

Step 4

Squeeze out a line of glue along the very edge of one of the circles and squeeze out a line of glue onto one of the short edges of the rectangle.

Step 5

Form the rectangle into a circular shape so it will become the sides of the cake. As you adjust the rectangle, overlap the short edges by about 1/2 inch. Position the shaped rectangle onto the glue on the circle and adjust it so it fits onto the edge of the circle precisely.

Step 6

Snap the clothespin over the overlapped edges of the rectangle where you glued them to hold the ends in place while the glue dries. You’ll have to hold the rectangle onto the circle for about 10 minutes until the glue sets enough to hold the paper in place. Leave the paper drying for about 30 minutes until the glue dries completely and then remove the clothespin.

Step 7

Squeeze out another line of glue along the very edge of the other circle. Position the circle onto the top of the glued rectangle so it becomes the top of the cake. Hold the circle in place for about 10 minutes while the glue dries and then leave the cake alone for another 30 minutes while the glue dries completely.

Step 8

Help your little one decorate her cake. Stretch a length of ribbon around the side of the cake and glue it into place. Glue sequins to the top of the cake. Encourage her to get a little crazy with paints and the paint brush to add vivid colors to her cake.

Tip

• Remind your little one to handle her cake with care. As long as you glued it well, it should hold up to gentle handling, but it would certainly crush without too much force.