Make your own DIY Money Cake and make giving money personal and fun! Your gift will be memorable and exciting with a cake like this!
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Giving money as a gift normally makes you feel like you’re taking the easy, impersonal road. However, presentation is key! This DIY Money Cake makes giving money awesome and exciting! They’re easy to make, and you can adapt them to any holiday or event which makes them versatile and the perfect gift for any occasion!
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Below I will give examples on how to make this for a graduation gift, or for a birthday gift, but you could easily adapt it to be a wedding gift, a retirement gift, etc etc. Not only do I give you examples on how to make an awesome grad and birthday DIY Money Cake, BUT I designed some printables to make your DIY Money Cake look awesome that I’m giving you for FREE! Click here to get the free printables for your DIY Money Cake!
DIY Money Cake
You will need:
I bought a pack of 10″ cake circles from the cake decor section of my Walmart. You can buy them HERE from Amazon, or you can get them at your Walmart, OR you could just cut your own circles from a cardboard box you have on hand. I cut a smaller circle at about 8″, and then a smallest circle at around 6″ for my cake. So you should have a 6″, and 8″ and a 10″ to make your cake. If you wanted to make it even taller, you can add a second 10″ and do another big layer on the bottom.
Next you will need to cut two long strips of posterboard to make the edges of your cake, so you can attach the money and candy. I made mine 3″-4″ wide. 4″ will give you enough room for just the money, and 4″ will give you enough room for the money and garland around the bottom as well.
Hot glue the cardboard strips around the outside of the circles. Then stack the tiers and glue them down.
Next, use glue dots, or hot glue to attach your candy around the top layer of the cake. I used Reese’s and it fit 7 of them perfectly. You could also use any kind of fun size candy or candy bar and it should fit just fine.Don’t leave space between them for a more finished look.
Next, you will need to spend the rest of your life, I mean the next ten minutes or so rolling dollar bills and then using scotch tape to keep them rolled. If you roll them tightly, you’re gonna need a lot of money. I rolled them about big enough to fit on my thumb and $20 was just perfect. DO NOT USE HOT GLUE to attach the dollar bills to the DIY Money Cake. Use glue dots, or use double sided scotch tape.
To make your cake look finished, like the one above you have a few more steps you need to take. I use garland to fill in the gaps under the candy and the dollars. This not only fills in gaps, but makes it look more fun and exciting too! I found this awesome grad garland at Walmart. You can hot glue the garland on, tape it, or simply tie it in a knot.
The printable banners on the front have pre-marked slits on each side. GET THE FREE PRINTABLES HERE. Use a knife or a razor cutter to slice those slits, and then run a ribbon through them. Tie the ribbon on with a bow in the back. I like to put that over the candy section, but do what you feel looks best. Lastly, for the toppers you have some options. For the graduation cap, the printable sheet includes the grad cap topper, then I just used black construction paper to make a ring for it to sit on. For the birthday option, I wrapped some garland around a cheap party hat and glued the hat to the top of the cake. Easy and adorable!
The birthday printable sheet also has some fun birthday accent circles that match the banner perfectly. Tape those onto the outside of the money to make it look more festive. So now money can be a fun and personal gift! What occasion will you make yours for? Tell me in the comments!