Monday, September 10, 2012

How To Make A Diaper Cake


A few weeks ago, I had the joy of hosting a baby shower for a coworker. You can see all of the beautiful things from the shower HERE. The shower had a sports theme, and I made a diaper cake for the expecting mother. As mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to show you how easy it is to make a diaper cake. It is an extremely easy but cute way to decorate for a baby shower or give as a shower gift.

First, I cut a circle out of cardboard (I used an old cardboard box). I then taped the dowel from a paper towel roll upright onto the cardboard circle.

I found these plastic hair bands from Wal-Mart. I rolled up each diaper and wrapped one of the plastic bands around each one.

I then took the rolled diapers and started placing them in rows around the paper towel roll. 

Once the rows got too large for the diapers to stand upright on their own, I wrapped a large rubber band around the rows of diapers. I then continued to stuff rows of diapers inside the rubber band until you could no longer see the cardboard circle underneath. Make sure at least some of the cardboard circle is underneath the outside row of diapers, otherwise, it will be difficult for them to stay in when carried.

I repeated this process again with a second tier of diapers, then a third, wrapping each tier with a large rubber band.

Once I completed the diaper tower, I wrapped ribbon around each tier, covering the rubber bands. I used fabric glue to secure the ends of the ribbon together. It’s important to get the ribbon tight enough around each tier that it won’t slide down. Don’t worry if the glue seeps and shows through the ribbon. This will be covered up.

I found some wrist rattles that I wrapped around the ribbon where I had glued it together. I was originally going to get a wooden football, baseball, and basketball from Michael’s that were already painted and glue them to the ribbon, but they were out of footballs and baseballs. Plan B was using the rattles, which worked about pretty well.

I found some shredded paper basket filler at Wal-Mart for 99 cents a pack. I tucked the paper into the diapers on the top of each tier. This is a little more expensive at Michael’s, which has bigger packs of the shredded paper, but I didn’t even use an entire pack that I bought from Wal-Mart.  

Here’s another diaper cake I made for my sister’s shower that’s a little different. I hid where I had glued the ribbon together in the back and also made a bow using two colors of wired ribbon for the top. I’ve found that it’s easier to make one for a girl shower, simply because there are more frilly, girly items to use to decorate it. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a diaper cake!

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  1. Thank you for this tutorial. I'll be making a diaper cake for my friend's baby shower next month! How many diapers did your cake end up using? Did you use newborn size?

    1. Nichole, I used about 50 newborn diapers on this cake. I find that the newborn diapers have fewer and less prominent designs on them so they look better in the cake. However, the pink and brown diaper cake was made with size 1 diapers I had leftover that my daughter had outgrown before they were used, so any size is fine. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Lizzi,

    I love these! I made one years ago but did not stabilize the center so I used a TON of tape. Following you on Pinterest and Twitter :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  3. Great idea using the paper towel roll in the middle. It looks great. I found your link next to mine at Craftionary. :) Megan

  4. I always wondered how this was done! I made one, but totally different. Thanks for sharing! JM

  5. Those are really cool and very creative. I have never made one or even seen one in person. They are really cool and very unique. Those are a great gift idea and it is super creative. I wish that I could make something cool like that.
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