Monday, March 29, 2010

How to Make a Diaper Cake

I went to a baby shower yesterday and decided to make a diaper cake for the new mommy. It is really easy and fun to make and a neat way to put together some gifts for the mommy. Below is a picture of what my diaper cake looked like when I was done.
Here is what you need to make the cake:
  • Cardboard base or cookie sheet
  • Tissue paper
  • 2 packs of diapers
  • Wide Ribbon (1-1.5')
  • Thin Ribbon
  • Variety Pack of Rubberbands (gives different sizes)
  • Bottle of Baby Products (Shampoo, Lotion, Oil, etc)
  • Small Bottle (about 4" tall)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Small Baby Products (Pacifier, Rattle, Teether, Travel Size Shampoo/Lotion/powder, Bib, Small Book, etc.)

Here are the steps:

  • Take the cardboard base (I used cardboard from a frozen pizza) or Cookie Sheet & wrap it with the colored tissue paper. Use whatever color for whatever the gender or if you know what color the nursery is.
  • Set the Regular size Baby Product in the center of the base. That will be the center of your cake and will help to keep it sturdy.
  • Take your pack of newborn diapers & roll them from front to back and place a small rubberband around them. Wrap them as tighty as possible. They will become the inner rings of your cake.
  • Place the largest rubberband in your pack around the Baby Product in the center of your base. Place a circle of diapers around your product. The rubberband will hold them in place. For me this was about 8 diapers. The number will depend on the size of your Baby Product Bottle.
  • Now place a second circle of diapers around the first circle. The large rubberband will hold both circles of diapers in place.
  • Now roll some of your size 1 diapers and use the thin ribbon to hold them together. Tie the ribbon at about 1/3 of the way down the diaper.
  • Now place these ribbon wrapped diapers around the others making a third circle. Have the ribbon knot or bow face the outside of the cake. I just tied knots but you can make little bows if you prefer. Remember this will use more ribbon so keep that in mind when you purchase your ribbon.
  • Your large rubberband is now around all three circles of diapers. Take your wide ribbon and fasten it around the whole ring of diapers covering the rubberband or you can remove the rubberband once you have tightly fastened the wide ribbon.
  • This completes your bottom layer of your cake! Now for the middle layer.
  • Place 1 circle of newborn diapers around the Baby Product Bottle. Be sure to use a large rubberband to hold them in place.
  • Now Place 1 circle of size 1 diapers wrapped in ribbon around the circle of newborn diapers. You now have two circles for your middle layer. Your large rubberband is holding them all in place.
  • Take your wide ribbon and fasten it around your middle layer as you did the bottom layer. You can cover or remove your large rubberband once you have the ribbon fastened.
  • This completes your middle layer of your cake. Now for the top layer.
  • You will need your small baby bottle now. Attach the bottom of your baby bottle to the baby product bottle with Scotch tape. Remove the bottle lid and set it aside.
  • You will now wrap the baby bottle with one layer of size 1 diapers tied with the thin ribbon. Use your large rubberband to hold them in place.
  • Now tie the wide ribbon around this circle of diapers. Tada, your cake is made!
  • I used a thin ribbon and made a bow for the top of the cake that streamed down the side of the cake. The bow was screwed into the bottle top to be held in place.
  • Now the fun part is to decorate it. Take your small items and place them in the folds of the diapers in the cake. Be sure to use the baby bottle lid as one of the decorations. You can use any items you would like, your imagination will make your cake unique from any other.

If you would like to see some other design ideas, visit this website. There are several different color or style ideas there to check out!

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