Friday, May 10, 2013

Stackable Birthday Cake Boxes and Paper Straw Flags Tutorial

I am so glad you are here to help me celebrate the release of Paper Crafts Magazine 350 Cards & Gifts!  This issue is is packed with fun, approachable gift ideas.  I am absolutely crazy for the card sets in this issue!


When I think of birthdays I think of cake, so I created a stack of gift boxes that resembles a birthday cake.  Yum!  
I resized THIS file to create each of the boxes.  I added die cut border strips to each box and a fun cake topper.  The boxes measure 5.5", 4.25", and 3" across and are about 2" high.  And how about those gorgeous papers and trims?  They are from Heidi Sonboul's Sunkissed collection from GCD Studios.


The boxes separate so you can fill each one with a special gift.  Give each box separately or as a set.   Now I know what you're thinking--making a 3D circle box must be so hard!  Let me tell you, it is so easy, even for a beginner.  All I did was add some adhesive to the circles and adhere the box sides.  Don't be afraid to give it a try!


I mixed and matched the papers and trims to make the inside of each box equally fun and festive.


I added a straw flag topper along with a whimsical spiral to the top of my "cake".  Wanna know how to make those cute little flags?  Keep reading!

1. Trim 1.5" wide strips of paper and fold in half.  
2. Insert a piece of paper into the folded strip and stitch near the edge of the strip. 
3-4. Trim your stitched paper into flags of various shapes and sizes. 

Insert a straw into your flag and you have a fun, festive piece of party decor!  (Aren't those zigzag straws fun?  I got them from THIS Etsy shop.)

Now off you go to the super talented and inspirational Kelly Griglione.  This girl really knows her way around paper!  

Here is the complete list of bloggers: 
Amanda Coleman <--------You are here! 


Don't forget to leave me a comment for a chance to win your very own copy of 350 Cards & Gifts!  You have until Tuesday, May 14 to comment.  Be sure to check back here on Wednesday, May 15 to see if you are the winner!  

Happy hopping! 

Amanda

64 comments:

  1. Wow these are freaking awesome my friend!!

    Hugs,
    Jo

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  2. What great party items. Just love them.

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  3. it is a tempting cake amanda. happy to participate in bloghop
    Adhiraacreations

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  4. love the idea of little hat boxes stacked on top of each other for a cake effect that hold little surprises.

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  5. Awesomeness!!!! Wow wow wow wow!!!!

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  6. I about passed out from all the patterned paper goodness here!! Those flag straws are the best ... thanks for sharing your tutorial! They are perfect for a birthday party I have coming in a couple weeks : )

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  7. This is SOOO totally ADORABLE! You are a master of all things 3D!

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  8. How adorable and clever! I love the topping on your "cake". Thanks for the tip on how to make the flags.

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  9. Your straw flags are soooo cute! Love the bright colors!

    Kimberly
    My Craft Spot

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  10. so sweet. love the straw flags.

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  11. WOW!! What a lot of work but the end result is amazing!!! Love the patterned papers you used.

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  12. Very cute idea. I like the flag topper and spiral.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  13. I am so excited to have found your blog, I have this shape from SOS and haven't used it yet. I love the tute on the flags too.

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  14. What a fun cake! I especially love the spiral at the top. Super cute!

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  15. I love this! Very cute and fun.

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  16. Amanda, the cake and flags are such a crazy awesome idea! Sooo fun :)

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  17. So pretty! Must give it a try :)

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  18. A clever centerpiece idea! And, wow, can you use your paper scraps for this!

    Noreen
    http://craftyjournal.com

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  19. I love boxes! (so do my cats...LOL). The cake box is fantastic. Love the decoration and the flag. Thanks for the tutorial

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  20. Ok this is absolutely fabulous!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  21. What a fun colorful project, wish I could sew.
    mexicopetshop at hotmail.com

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  22. This is an excellent idea! Love it!

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  23. Super cute idea...love it!

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  24. Super cute projects! I also wanted to pop in and tell you how much I loved your Gingerbread house card at the Reader's poll over at Paper Crafts Magazine. I thought for sure you were going to be a winner. ;)

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  25. WOE, that is amazing. I love the flag, and all of the details!

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  26. What a cute box. You could put treats or presents in it since it looks pretty sturdy. Nice.

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  27. Eeek! These boxes are fabulous! The colors and paper designs are so festive. As to the making all of these into a birthday cake, too delightful!
    {hugs}
    Indy

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  28. Fabulous! Love the straw flags.

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  29. Wow, so many great ideas. Thanks for showing us how to make the flags.

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  30. Love the straw toppers!!! And the boxes are great. Would love to win a copy of this magazine.

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  31. Those straw flags are ADORABLE!!!! I love your projects soooo much!!

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  32. wow how cute...love the different pp you used.

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  33. super fun projects...love the layered cake and the flags...a-dorable!

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  34. LOOOOOVE these straws and the boxes-- BEAUTIFUL papers used! YOU are AMAZZZZZZZZZZZZZING:)

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  35. LOOOOOVE these straws and the boxes-- BEAUTIFUL papers used! YOU are AMAZZZZZZZZZZZZZING:)

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  36. Very clever and unique project!!! Love it!!

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  37. Great idea. It could be adapted to many occasions - wedding or baby shower, christmas, etc. thanks for sharing. I have to remember this one.

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  38. Lovely cake, love those papers and the fun flags. TFS

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  39. Very Cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  40. I love the patterned papers you chose. They all coordinate nicely.

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  41. loving this!! thanks for showing!!

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  42. Darling boxes! Love your mix of patterns and colors!

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  43. What a cute cake and great box idea to keep after the birthday. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  44. What a treat! I love tower gift boxes but never thought I could make my own, these are adorable! And the straw flags are a terrific idea too! Thanks for the tutorial and beautiful ideas!

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  45. OMG! I love this tower of bday cakes and love the super duper straws.

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  46. so cute, thanks for the tut on the flags!

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  47. What a colourful, cheerful paper birthday cake. Love the round boxes that can be filled with treats. The swirly topper with the flag tutorial was super!

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  48. wow these are amazing!!! Love the topper on these boxes!

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  49. Reminds me of hat boxes that have been repurposed. I love it! I can't wait to make my cake tower and fill it with goodies for my nephews b-day party next month. Thanks for the inspiration!

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