Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Diaper Cake Tutorial

Here is a little tutorial on the diapercake that I made for the Baby Shower.  If you haven't taken a look - make sure you check out the tablescape, Food, drinks, favors and my favorite - the dessert!

You start buy buying a big box of diapers.  This was a case - I believe there were 149 in the case (the cake only has 148 - my SIL's dog ate one!)  These were size 1 I believe.

To wrap them (sorry I don't have a picture of this my SIL was wonderful enough to wrap all of them!)  You keep the diaper folded as it comes out of the package.  Fold from the opening side to the closed side - so you don't have the flaps on the outside.  Then rubber band them together.

So when I got them - they were all rolled in bags.  So I started to assemble.

I just started grouping them - no rhyme or reason to them.  Once they were in a bundle - I took a large rubber band and put it around all of them - then filled it out with more diapers till it had the look I wanted.

Here is my next layer:

Then it starts getting bigger and bigger.  At this point you can either do small section with rubber bands - or use a ribbon - I used ribbon to secure them all together when they got big enough.

 Here is my biggest section.   I would actually recommend starting with the base - get it how big you want it - and then tier it down from there.  I put the ribbon around, and then just started shoving as many extra diapers I could so they wouldn't move.
Then came the decorating part - I kept mine very simple.  You can go more decorated - there are tons of awesome ones out there with toys and stuffed animals.  But - it gets REALLY expensive - really fast!  Unless it is your gift - I would keep it simple.

I had ribbon downstairs.  I took a fat satin ribbon - and a thinner but coordinating cotton ribbon - and just used glue dot's to keep them together.  At the ends I ended up using red sticky tape - much better to keep things stuck together - especially on satin.

Then I stacked them on top of each other - put the ribbon all the way around - and topped it with rolled roses from the extra satin ribbon I had left over.  Next to it on the right is the handmade invitations I sent out to family - it coordinates well with the diaper cake - don't you think!

You can see the ribbon looks like it is falling off - the night before the shower - I went around with the red sticky tape - and made sure all the seams were looking good - and when I put it on the dessert table - I had all the seams facing the back.

Here is how it looked with all the desserts.

I have seen cakes that use rods keeping the cake together - but - I kept it super super simple - they are just resting on top of each other.  It wasn't moving around a lot - and she is just going to unroll the diapers anyways - so this was super simple.  It really was just the cost of a case of diapers, and about $5 in ribbon.

Linking to these great parties:
Skip To My Lou
A Diamond in the Stuff   
All thingz Related - Anything Related
Coastal Charm - Nifty Thrifty Tuesday  
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Dittle Dattle  
DIY Show Off Project Parade 
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Tip Junkie  - Tip Me Tuesday  
Todays Creative Blog - Get Your Craft On

The Thrifty Home  - Penny Pinching  
Blue Cricket Design  
Tea Rose Home  
Savvy Southern Style  
My Backyard Eden  
Someday Crafts  
Sew Much Ado  
The Shabby Chic Cottage - Transformation Thursday  
Somewhat Simple - Strut Your Stuff Thursday  
House of Hepworths 
Beyond The Picket Fence  
Fireflies & Jellybeans  
Tales from Bloggeritaville  
Brambleberry Cottage  
Momnivore's dilemma
At the Picket Fence
My Romantic Home 
The Shabby Nest
Finding Fabulous 
French Country Cottage 
Fingerprints on the Fridge
Fun to Craft  
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
A Little Knick Knack  


  1. So cute, I love the bright pink color you choose. What a fun idea.


  2. So cute! I made one of these for a friend's shower and I made it simple and sleek like yours. She didn't know what she was having so we did a pink, brown and robins egg blue theme. Everyone loved it. I think you did a spectacular job on yours! I love how tall it is too!

    Heather @At The Picket Fence

  3. Very nice job! I'm hoping to do one for a upcoming baby shower I'm helping with. We'll see how it goes.

  4. This looks great. I love the tablescape!


  5. This looks awesome and so much easier than the diaper cakes with the base and rod in the middle. I think I could actually manage this.

  6. THIS is seriously cute!! I love the way it came out! I am visiting from Someday Crafts and I am a new follower!
    Have a great day!

  7. i LOVE diaper cakes! Great tutorial! I would love for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link party!

  8. thanks for this tutorial... I never knew how to make these... yous is gorgeous!!! Here’s another party if you would like to link up… http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/03/project-party-weekend-5-ways-to-re.html

  9. Thanks for the tutorial. This makes such an incredibly cute decoration. And it's so useful for the mother-to-be, too.

    Thanks for linking to the party. I would love to have you join me for "Funny Faux Pas Follies," as well.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  10. I love these diaper cakes. I have seen them done so many different ways too. Thanks for joining my newbie party.
    Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing

  11. I love these!! Thank you for the tutorial!

  12. What a neat idea- thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  13. Just wanted to say again how cute this was and thanks for linking up to Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence!

    Heather @At The Picket Fence

  14. Love it!!! I've been making diaper cakes too and prefer them on the simple side.

  15. Just wanted to say that I love how sleek your diaper cake looks!



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