Thursday, March 08, 2012

How to Make an Easy Diaper Cake

A diaper cake is a lovely and creative gift for expectant mothers. It's perfect for baby showers. A diaper cake looks like a traditional layered cake but instead of cake and icing, it makes use of baby diapers and other baby essentials.

I took some photos of my first experience in making a diaper cake.  Let me share the following easy steps in making one.

Ingrdients for the diaper cake:
  • 47-50 newborn baby diapers (This will depend on the number of rings and layers that you will make. I used less than 50 diapers.)
  • regular rubber bands
  • large rubber bands
  • 1 or 1/2 inch wide decorative ribbon
  • cardboard or plastic cake holder (You can buy this from baking stores or you can make your own using an illustration board.)
  • 1 8-oz baby bottle
  • 1 4-oz baby bottle
  • long wooden stick
  • assorted baby things for cake decoration

Step 1 - Roll the diapers tightly (see example below) and secure each one with a regular rubber band. Make sure the decorative part of the diaper can be seen.

Step 2 - To make the 3rd (lower) tier, get the cake board or holder and place the 8-oz bottle in the center. Then place around 7-8 rolled diapers around the baby bottle and put a large rubber band around the the circle of diapers.  This will serve as the inner ring.

*Don't worry about following the exact number of rolled diapers because it may vary depending on the thickness of the diapers.

Step 3 - Next form the outer ring by surrounding the inner ring with 14-15 rolled diapers. Secure the entire circle of diapers by putting a large rubber band around it. 

* If you have a bigger cake board, you can make 3 rings to surround the baby bottle but you will need more diapers.

Step 4 - To make the 2nd tier, make another inner ring. Surround the topmost part of the baby bottle with 
 around 5-6 diapers then put a large rubber band around it. Make an outer ring using 10-11 diapers and secure it with a large rubber band.  

*The diapers used in the 2nd tier were rolled tighter compared to the lower tier.

Step 5 - To make the 1st tier, position the 4-oz bottle on the center of the 2nd tier. Surround the baby bottle with around 6-7 rolled diapers and put a large rubber band around it.

Step 6 - To attach all 3 tiers, insert a wooden stick in the middle. Make sure the stick is long enough to reach the lower tier.

Step 7 - Decorate your cake. You may add baby things like baby spoon and fork, pacifier, bottle cleaner, socks, rolled onesies, rattle and others.

Add a topper of your choice. For my diaper cake, I chose a small Ernie plush toy. Make sure that you secure the topper on the baby bottle cover peeking through the 1st tier using a rubber band, string or ribbon.

Cover the rubber bands with decorative ribbon. You may cover the whole diaper cake with a big cellophane or netting before giving it to the expectant mother.

This is the finish product. 

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grechie said...

wow! where did you learn this? galing!

Heart of Rachel said...

@grech - Thanks. I just watched a tutorial on Youtube and made my own.

Kia said...

LOL, this is so funny! :) I've never seen anything like it! We do not have baby showers here or in Italy. I have never been to one, only heard about them while in the USA :)
It sure seems a lovely way to celebrate the new bundle of joy that's on its way :D

Happy International Women's Day to you, Rach!

"Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece." ~Author Unknown

sheng said...

I'm gonna make one like this in case any one of my two sisters get to have a baby, they're married but are having hard time producing babies.

Photo Cache said...

I haven't been to a shower in a while. But I have seen this in a blog before. Kudos to your fast learning.

Wild Butterfly said...

this is cool. very unique gift for a shower party or baptismal. katuwa!

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Rachel S said...

Great read!! Love reading your blog! Keep posting good stuff like this.

dong ho said...

first time to see a diaper cake. hahaha... nice.

Les @ LPN Programs said...

Now that's creative. You know how expensive they sell those diaper cakes. It became a fad but not sure if it died out already. I should try to make one too. It is a great gift idea. Thanks for sharing how you did it!

Kia and Zeno said...

Just stopping by to wish you a lovely day! :)

Kia and Zeno said...

Happy Holy Week and Easter to you and yours! :)

Kia said...

Hope you had a blessed Easter with your beloved ones! :)

jeanny said...

Nice. Some of my friends do this as a business. Do you plan to try this as a business too :-)

Leah @ Diaper Cakes said...

Hi, Instead of a long wooden stick or dowel rod, you can use a cardboard tube in the center of your diaper cake. When you wrap your diapers around it, its steadier and it keeps better.

Abby Diaper Cakes said...

Cute diaper cake! I think that the cake is another twist because most people use plain diapers when they make their cakes. I've seen a couple when they use themed diapers and it goes with the ribbon and stuff.

raqgold said...

beautiful! how are you, rach?