Diaper Cake: Adorable and Sweet as can be…

diaper cake

It’s been a baby boom year for our friends and family and we are so happy to welcome new members in our family and friends’ circle. Having a new baby is such a joyous occasion and we wanted to shower new moms and babes with something thoughtful, useful, and cute.

A special baby diaper cake is so practical, creative, and fun to make. These adorable arrangements are made out of diapers that are shaped into a cake and stuffed with little gifts for the baby. These cute gifts are also great centerpieces at baby showers that the Mom-to-be will surely enjoy. While these diaper cakes aren’t edible, they’re still filled with sweet-sweet thoughts….

diaper cake

Diaper Cake
Printable Recipe

  • Approximately 50-60 diapers (plain white ones and about 1 month old preferable)
  • Wooden dowel about 1/4- 1/2 inch thick and about 1.5 ft tall
  • Rubber bands (small and large sizes)
  • 1 yard of elastic band
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon (about 3 yards)
  • Plastic cake platter (Nice clear platters can be found at the dollar store)

Other Accessories: Bibs, ribbons, baby bottles, socks, mittens, body suits, rattles, teething rings, pacifiers, etc.

Lets start baking!

Start by rolling diapers lengthwise into a small roll and securing each diaper with a rubber band, about 36-40 diapers or so. Each layer of diaper cake is composed of a central core of rolled diapers and an outer layer of unrolled diapers.

The number of diapers you use will vary depending how large or small you want your diaper cake.

For the base layer, use about 20 diapers or so and secure with a larger rubber band/elastic band. Around the outside, you want to have a flat layer of overlapping diapers to create a smooth surface.

Make each successive layer smaller then the last.

Once you have each layer made, you can substitute a few individual roll of a diaper with clothing, baby bottle, bib, or squeeze these into the spaces in between the diapers.

Then place the base of the diaper cake on the platter and slide the wooden dowel in the center and carefully stack the middle and top layers over the dowel.

Now for my favorite part, the icing on the cake…

For each layer, wrap a wide ribbon around each tier to cover the rubber bands. Secure with hot glue.

Using the hot glue gun, you can also add flowers or toys around the cake and top the cake with a stuffed animal or toy. Pin small socks or mitten and squeeze in rattles around. You can also wrap the cake with cellophane or tulle netting.

diaper cake

My dear friend Cathy, Hong’s cousin-in-law, made this beautiful diaper cake with her helpful baby boy assistant.

Not only am I anxiously awaiting the new arrivals but I also can’t wait to make another diaper cake! Have fun with it and let your creativity shine!

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