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Graduation Cake Using Items from Dollar Tree!

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I’ve been watching the progress of my friend Amber’s Graduation Cakes this week.  She has KILLED it, and I know that any graduate would love for this to be the centerpiece at their graduation party.  What I love most about this?  Apart from the $1 bills you roll up for the outside, many of the materials can be found at Dollar Tree or inexpensive at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

How to Create a Graduation Cake

Embellish the cakes however you like, in your school’s colors.  The key is going to Hobby Lobby for half your items one week and the other half the next week when they flip flop on the 50% off items. Ha! 😀  If it’s not on sale this week, it may be next week.


Amber used those tiny rubber bands to roll and secure the bills, then a larger rubber band around each tier of the cake to keep them from moving until you can add the brown construction paper around them.  This helps to make them look like money straight from the bank.

Wooden letters were on sale at Hobby Lobby, spray painted purple and sprinkled with glitter. The plastic “congrats” was cut off a frame from Dollar Tree.

The glitter came paper from Hobby Hobby as well as the boa. There is $145 in $1 bills on the top cake – you could, of course, make a smaller cake to use less $1 bills!  Dollar Tree sells a smaller version that would work perfectly fine – and cost and USE less money. (pictured above)

The graduation cap below was made from poster board. And hot glue on the whole thing.  Didn’t she KILL it?! When is your child’s graduation party?


Thanks, so much Amber for sharing your photos!!

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  1. I love this cake with dollar tree items. It looks beautiful and fun. I can’t wait to see how mine comes out! Thank you for sharing this creative idea.