Check out this simple step by step tutorial for how to make a diaper cake!
A few weeks ago I decided to host a Baby Shower for my friend Trisha. We have been friends for years, but I have never thrown a baby shower before – so I knew I was way out of my league. Since Trisha was asking only for “diapers and wipes” I immediately decided to make a diaper cake. I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the results.
I began with a trip to KMart and Hobby Lobby to pick up the supplies:
What you will need:
- diapers – any size, but the larger they are the more room you have for “stuff”
- tiny plastic hair ties – will hold the wrapped diapers
- larger rubber bands in assorted sizes
- large plate – or in my case, a pizza pan 🙂
- plastic bottle – will begin the base
- wide ribbon – to wrap around each layer and hide the little hair ties
- assorted baby goods and decorations
How to begin:
Start by rolling each diaper and securing with tiny hair ties. For this large 3-tier diaper cake I used 92 (entire box) size 1, and 42 (half box) size nb diapers. This was a great activity for my girls to help me with – The Tween doing the rolling and The Toddler handing her a hair tie to secure it with.
Since I knew I wanted a pretty large cake, I found the largest pizza pan I could find, and used three bottles to start the base. I used a large rubberband to hold them in place.
Then begin putting the rolled diapers in the rubber band along with the bottles in a circular motion – where it looks like this:
Now, since this cake was huge, I continued to wrap rubber bands around the outside layer of the cake, and stuffing more diapers in, until it was nearly 2 feet in circumference. For the second layer, do the same steps, wrapping the next layer of diapers around the tops of the bottles:
For the third layer I actually pulled one of the bottles up just enough to wrap a layer of diapers around it. The finished product looked like this:
The ribbon that I found at Hobby Lobby was double sided… and what a difference some ribbon makes:
Then… the hard part (for me) kicks in. DECORATING. Just when I thought I was just as crafty as they come, I got hung up with where to PUT everything. The part that should be easy put me in a bit of a tizzy, but thankfully with the help of my friend Jennifer (and probably 6 text images) I was able to put it all together in a way that I was pleased. In fact, I will tell you this – put EVERYTHING on it first, and then step back and rearrange. When I just put two or three things on there, it looked crappy, and my blood pressure would rise. But I just kept adding stuff and it came together nicely.
The Diaper Cake was a big hit at the shower, along with the other favors and games. It was a fun activity for me to do with my girls as well.