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3D Cake
3D Cake
3D Cake
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3D Cake

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Create this amazing 3D cake for a birthday or Mother’s Day—both options included! Cake opens up to hold treats, cards, or small gifts inside. Designed by Kyle McCoy.

Step: 1


  • Light Pink - 40
  • Bubblegum - 95
  • Pink - 262
  • Plum - 40
  • Red - 145
  • Cranapple - 130
  • Orange - 24
  • Cheddar - 23
  • Pastel Yellow - 11
  • Yellow - 39
  • Kiwi Lime - 99
  • Green - 282
  • Dark Green - 167
  • Toothpaste - 432
  • Turquoise - 406
  • Light Blue - 18
  • Dark Blue - 11
  • Blueberry Cream - 11
  • Pastel Lavender - 41
  • Purple - 79
  • White - 8261 (one 6000 bead bag and three 1000 bead bags needed)


  • 6 large squares pegboards
  • Iron and ironing paper
  • Scissors and clear tape
  • Tweezers
  • Two 20" x 14" pieces sturdy cardboard
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Craft knife (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here.

Step: 2

Download the PDF for the 3D Cake Project Pattern. Assemble 6 large square pegboards 3 across and 2 down to create the pieces of your project, placing them on one of the large pieces of cardboard on a heat-safe surface that you can later use for fusing. Cut out and tape together the pattern sections. If you are using clear pegboards, slide the actual-size pattern underneath them. Place your beads following the pattern.

Step: 3

NOTE: For a sturdy box, we fused the bottom, sides, and tops (excluding the flowers and balloons) for a longer time, which can cause the beads to spread and flatten. This may make the fitting of tabs to slots more of a challenge. We used a craft knife to trim the beads slightly as needed to fit.

An adult should do this step.
For this project, we recommend our Tape Method for Fusing Large Projects (you can find it here on under Projects & Inspiration). If you are more comfortable with our standard fusing instructions, please continue below.

Be sure you have placed one of the large cardboard pieces underneath the pegboards. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the design. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. NOTE: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly; it is possible some colors may need a little more time. Let the design cool.

Remove the paper from the bead design. Place the second large piece of cardboard on top so the design is sandwiched between the two cardboard pieces. Flip the design over and remove the pegboards to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. When the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.

Step: 4

ASSEMBLY (Use of the hot glue or craft knife should be done only by an adult):
Add flower borders to cake sides: Hot glue each flower border piece to its respective side piece, aligning the ends. Make sure the bottom of the flower border is just above the side piece's "tabs" on its lower edge. Weight the sides under heavy books until adhesive is set.

Add ornaments to the cake top: Following the photos, hot glue the roses to the Mother's Day top in the position shown, and/or the balloons to the Happy Birthday top. Weight with heavy books until adhesive is set.

Fit the side pieces to the cake bottom: Insert the "tabs" into the "slots" to fit the sides to the bottom and the sides to each other. If the fit is too tight, use a craft knife to slightly trim the beads until they fit more easily. The fit should still be snug to hold the box together.

Fit the top piece to the sides in a similar way. The box lid is meant to be removable/interchangeable so that you can place treats, cards, or small gifts inside for either a birthday or Mother's Day celebration.