How to Turn a Hat Box Into a Cake

Before throwing out an old hat box, consider improving how it looks so that you're enthused to reuse it. By turning a hatbox into a cake, you can create a fun new container for things such as cake piping tools, cookie cutters and similar kitchen items.


  1. 1
    Assemble the supplies needed. These are listed below. In terms of fabric colors, select colors that you like and that are complementary for both the fabric and the ribbon/braid or other embellishments. White or cream lace looks good but don't be held to one color––choose what you know will work.
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    Clean the hat box. If it hasn't been in use for a while, it's likely to be dusty, so dust it off. Use a damp, not wet, cloth to remove anything stubborn but be careful not to press too hard because moisture can cause the glues on a hatbox to come unstuck.
  3. 3
    Measure the side of the hat box base. Cut a band of felt or fabric to fit this plus 2.5cm/1 inch extra each side. Wrap around the box and make slits along either side for folding the extra pieces into the box and under it.
    • Glue the side piece into place. Place glue over the sides of the box and gently settle the fabric over it, taking care to match the cut edges evenly for folding over.
    • Fold over the slits onto the base, carefully overlapping to sit flat.
    • Fold over the slits at the top, flipping over into the inside of the box. Keep this neat and as flat as possible.
    • Set aside to dry.
  4. 4
    Cut the fabric for the lid. Measure the lid. As before, measure an extra 2.5cm/1 inch around the edge. Cut slits around the edge to fold under the lid.
  5. 5
    Cut out a round piece of wadding or batting in exactly the same shape as the lid top, with no overhang. Glue in place on the lid.
  6. 6
    Place glue on the wadding or batting and fix the fabric over the top. Fold the slits up and under the lid and glue in place neatly, to ensure that the lid still fits easily.
    • Set aside to dry.
  7. 7
    Measure around the lid side. Mark the same length on the lace and cut. Glue the lace around the lid side.
  8. 8
    Measure around the base. Mark the same length on the ribbon or braid and cut. Glue this piece of ribbon or braid around the middle of the cake.
  9. 9
    Decorate the top of the cake. Sew little felt strawberries, cherries, roses or other items that you'd love to see on a cake. Glue in place on the lid.
  10. 10
    Enjoy your new hat box that's now a cake. It can be placed in the kitchen to hold all sorts of kitchen items or use it to hold craft items in your hobby space.


  • Depending on the fabric used and the way that your hat box closes, you may need to be less generous with the overhang. Play around with it a bit before gluing into place; it's okay to cut out some of the extra slit pieces of fabric if you need to thin it out.

Things You'll Need

  • Unwanted, old round hatbox, any size
  • Felt or fabric to fit the side of the cake (choose colors of a cake, such as brown or vanilla)
  • Fabric or felt for the lid (colors of own choice)
  • Wadding or batting for lid
  • Ribbon or braid
  • Lace
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Extra fabric for making decorative items

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