Learn How To Make Your Own Diaper Cake
Tips, Techniques and Photos To Help You Make The Perfect Diaper Cake
Looking for that perfect baby shower gift? Diaper cakes are fun and creative ways to give useful baby items to a new mom-to-be. Learn how easy it is to make a diaper cake with these amazing photos and instructions shared by our website readers.
I hope they will inspire you to make a fabulous masterpiece. If you feel inspired to make a cake, and have pictures and techniques to share with us, you can do it here.
I made this cake for my sister's baby shower. It was a hit!
Here is my first attempt at a baby diaper cake. It took 80 size 2 diapers. It took about 3 hours and I did not use glue or tape. I also made the photo album to match and took all the pictures at the shower. I am giving her 2 copies of each photo as part of her gift.
Thank you for the inspiration...
Here is a picture of a diaper cake I made for my stepdaughters baby shower.
You will need:
about 43 diapers
string or thin ribbon to keep diapers in place
thick ribbon for decorating
baby items for decorating
tall baby bottle
large round plate or cake pedestal
Roll about 22 diapers (vertically) and fasten with rubber band. Place baby bottle on plate and set maybe 7 or 8 rolled diapers around baby bottle. Tie with string to keep in place. Repeat another layer. Finish bottom layer by placing unrolled diapers around the rolled diapers overlapping slightly to prevent raw edges from showing. Tie to fasten in place. Continue the middle layer the same with maybe only one row of rolled diapers. you may need two rows of unrolled diapers to get the correct diameter. The top layer starts with one rolled diaper with a row of rolled diapers. Tie to keep in place. Finish with unrolled diapers. decorate with ribbon to hide the tied string and fasten ribbon with pins. Decorate to your liking.
Here is another diaper cake I made. This is a 4 tier with a stuffed bunny on top. I like to wrap receiving blankets around the diapers, then ribbon around that. I use a canister type of baby wipes in the middle of the base layer, and I put it all on a plastic tray from the party store.
This cute cake is made of:
60 swaddling diapers
8 wash cloths
1 toy keys
4 tiny bottles filled with candy
2 baby socks
travel size baby shampoo, lotion and powder
flowers for decoration
1 pink bunny that squeaks
This is a sampling of the cakes I've enjoyed making. I would be willing to make them for those in the DC / MD / VA area (at a fee) and can be contacted via email. I include a recipe card with a list of "ingredients" firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm Georgia from Portland, Oregon and this was my first attempt at a diaper cake. I can't believe how fast it was to make and how great the end result turned out. I went a little overboard with what I spent but that's OK because it was so fun to make. I took several idea's from different cakes already posted here. My cake has 65 size 4 diapers, a receiving blanket that's covering the bottom piece of cardboard, a pacifier, teething ring, rattle, lotion, 4 bibs, fork and spoon, an outfit that includes pj's, hat and booties and stuffed in the booties are tub toys. The cake topper, a cute cuddly bunny with a matching ribbon to the cake.
This was my second cake in less than two weeks that I've made
Base- receiving blanket, 4 bibs, shoes and socks
First Layer- 2 teething rings, rattle, binky
Around the first layer- Bib, powder, lotions, baby oil, booties
Top layer- little girl bunny and rolled up in front is a summer dress and hat to go with the shoes
I think I had a total of 82 diapers stage two.
Shon Grant. from Houston, Texas
This was done for my niece baby shower. Includes almost 100 diapers, two sun dresses, 3 onesies , a pair of shoes and a teddy bear.
Diane from United States
First time attempting a diaper cake. Not perfect, but I think I did okay overall. This cake used 59 Size 2 Pampers Swaddler diapers and the topper is a Bunny Sachet with an inverted 5oz bottle filled with pink wrapped Hersheys kisses that say "It's A Girl!" - Hope you enjoy and find this creation inspiring...comments welcome. :)
Tammy H. from Kelowna British Columbia, Canada
First, the bunny is completely made of diapers and baby items (infant shirt (bunny is wearing it), booties (bottom paws of the bunny), scratch mitts (upper paws of the bunny), wash cloths (bunny cheeks and carrot), & pacifier. Bunny whiskers are made of q-tips even the carrot stems. Wings came from a decorative butterfly; I removed the wings... (Look closely I even added a frog hair elastic on one of the bunny ears (well didn't the princess kiss a frog?)
Size 1/2 diapers
Elastics (small clear works the best)
Cardboard (white if not normal is fine)
- Roll required amount of diapers needed for 2-tiers. Number of diapers will vary. (Elastic both ends of the diapers)
(Here's an easy way help you with diaper tiers)
- Take a 20" x 28" poster board and use a sharpie (black felt pen)
- Lay it length wise. Start by drawing a line 28" x 3" mark it TIERS 1 & 2 (a), next measure 28" x 3" mark it TIER 3(a), next 28" x 3" mark it TIER 4(a), finally another 28" x 3" marking it 5(a)
- Next section will be 9" x 3" mark it TIER 3 (b) using the remainder of the space 19" x 3" mark with Tier 5 (c),
- Next section 21" x 3" mark with 4(b), the rest of the space 7" x 3" is a waste (get rid of).
- Next section (final section) 11 ¾" x 3" mark with TIER 5(b), using the remainder of the space 16 ¼" x 3" mark with CUPCAKE & Tier 2(b)
(NOW with your poster board strips .) - Tiers 1 & 2(a) take both ends bring together overlapping 2 3/4" use staples to fasten the two sides together
- Tier 3(a) & 3(b) over lap the two together by 1" (staple) then take both ends bring together overlapping 2 ¼" staple.
- Tiers 4(a) & 4(b) overlap the two together by ¾" (staple) then take both ends bring together overlapping 1 ½" (staple)
- Tiers 5(a), 5(b) & 5(c) Overlap (a) & (b) by 6 ½" (staple) overlap (b) & (c) by 2 ¾" (staple) then take both ends bring together overlapping 2 ½" (staple)
- Cupcake bring together overlapping by 1 ½" (staple)
Now you have 5 molds to help you with creating your tiers --- saves so much time.
- Cut four card board circles (13, 12.5", 9", & 4.5")
- If circles are cut out of brown cardboard wrap circles with wrapping paper.
- place 4 holes in each of the cardboard circles large enough to pass string through.
- Cut two pieces of string approx. a foot longer than twice the height of your finished cake.
- (Now the candle comes into play) Take one end of the string dip 3 inches into the melted wax - let dry. Repeat for the second string. (This makes it a lot easier to thread string through the holes.)
- feed the string through two separate holes from the bottom to the top and back down to the bottom.
- tie tightly all strings tightly at the bottom
- cut off excess string ends
- Hot glue the bottom. Try to eye it so that it's even on all sides and connect the bottom of the cake to the 13" circle. You should now have a .5" lip
(Cake is ready to decorate)
NEEDING to decorate diaper cake:
(Try to keep everything PINK)
(4) Wash Cloths
Pair of wrist rattles
Travel size Baby Powder
Travel Size Baby Oil
"It's a girl" ribbon
"Princess" Ribbon (2 different types)
Hot glue gun
Mini cloths pins (white)
(2) Different color pink curling ribbon
White curling ribbon
Foam Tiara (Local craft store)
Pink Transparent paper
- I usually start with the bottom tier. With a plush pink blanket pull so that there are no wrinkles and secure with diaper pins (never know if mom-to-be needs them)
- Top tier I used receiving blanket Keeping it pink! Pull so there are no wrinkles and secure.
- take "it's a girl" ribbon. Wrap around the bottom tier secure end with a dab of glue from glue gun.
- Take two pieces of "Princess" ribbon and wrap around the top tier 2" separating from the two. Again overlapping the ribbon and securing with a dab of glue from glue gun.
ATTACHING BUNNY (or stuffed animal)
- take 2 pieces of string approx 10" (e)... where the string securing the tiers crossing on top Slide the string under. Take bunny (stuffy) place where you want it and Tie down each leg separately.
- using the .5" lip measure the foam tiara around the cake. Cut. Hot glue bottom so that it will attach to the lip. Little by little glue and attach it to the lip till it's completely attached.
- take the burp pad and make it so it looks as if the bunny (stuffy) is sitting on it. Tuck ends between the receiving blanket and rolled diapers.
- take bib "GENTLY" tuck under "princess" ribbons in front.
- on both sides of the bib with a push pin secure infant socks (toes pointing into the bib)
- Under socks place (1) bootie apply 2-sided tape to the bottom of the bootie secure to the top of the bottom exposed tier.
- also in front bottom tier take the pair of wrist rattles and tuck one side of the wrist band between the diaper and plush blanket.
- With push pin secure (1) on both sides (eying that they are both approx. in the same place)
- With one white mini cloths pin (found at a local craft store) clip a sock to the top "Princess" ribbon.
- Take the 2nd type of "Princess" Ribbon. Hold onto the shampoo bottle wrap the ribbon around tightly till both ends meet. Over lap .5 cm dab glue from glue gun and secure ribbon (ONLY) cut the excess. Take the shampoo and hold it against the cake where you want it. Move the ribbon you just put on so that it meets with the "princess" ribbon on the diaper cake. Dab glue on the shampoo hold against the "princess" ribbon on the cake HOLD till dry. (Do this with hand sanitizer, powder and oil)
- Roll onesie (neatly) apply clear elastic to both ends then ribbons to curl (curl). Thread string at the back through the ribbon you just attached and feel for one center diaper under bunny and pull string threw diapers elastic tie.
- Use cloths pin attach second pair of booties on both sides of the baby powder.
- Bottom tier has infant cap and diaper cover secured by push pin.
WASH CLOTH LOLLY-POP
(2) Wash Cloths (different colors)
- lay one wash cloth (light pink)flat in front of you. Fold into one side into the center, opposite side into the center. Fold again over lapping the two sides. Fold one more time HOLD.
- wrap two elastics around the outside of the wash cloth.
- REPEAT folding (dark Pink)
- take the rolled and roll it with the ready to roll wash cloth (combine the two together) HOLD.
- take spoon hold it behind the so called messy looking side of the roll.
- Take (4) elastics 1- cross it so that its sort of holding the spoon in place. 2- Cross it the opposite way (spoon will be better secured) 3- across the middle 4- straight down.
- cut a rectangle piece of transparent paper
- Holding transparent paper - place good side of lolly-pop into your palm (while you're holding the transparent paper)
- gather at the bottom. Secure with elastic. Then tie curling ribbon (curl)
(There's your Lolly-pop)
Tuck it where the two tiers meet.
Julie S. from Joplin, Mo
*Two jumbo packs of size 1 diapers (112 diapers)
*Two packs of clear hair ties
*Four reciving blankets
*Two packs of thick rubber bands
*Any fun little baby items to decorate the cake
*One roll of ribbon
*One package of two sided tape
*One poster board
I rolled the diapers, then took one clear hair tie and put it over the rolled diaper.
I then took one receiving blanket and rolled it to be thick, but fairly long. I then put three clear hair ties around the receiving blanket to keep it secure.
I then put a rubber band over the receiving blanket, then put the diapers in it. I kept going until I got to a size I liked. I did it this way with all three tiers.
I then put my other three receiving blankets over the tiers and pined them in the back.
I then took my two sided tape and stuck everything on. I had to pin the head bands because they kept falling off though.
I then took the ribbon and secured it and tied it tight in the back.
Tiffany K. from Germantown, Ohio
While searching for fabric online I came across a diaper cake and thought, "I could totally make those." So I found directions online and started making them. I've sold a few and also donated some to silent auctions for local charities. I am in the process of starting an at-home business making diaper cakes.
I made an 5 tiered Ultra Deluxe Peter Rabbit Sampler Cake for my best friend who was having her first baby. She wasn't sure what kind of diapers she would want to use, so I used 3 different kinds so she would be able to try out different brands. I also used size 2 diapers so it doesn't have to be taken apart right away.
This cake consists of:
- 50 Luvs size 2 diapers
- 48 Pampers Baby Dry size 2 diapers
- 32 Huggies size 2 diapers
- 1 musical plush Peter Rabbit
- 1 Nuk pacifier
- 3 Gerber soft tip feeding spoons 1 Peter Rabbit board book
- 1 mini picture frame
- Baby Bee Apricot Baby Oil
- Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion
- Baby Bee Buttermilk Bath
- Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap
- Baby Bee Diaper Cream
- Baby Bee Dusting Powder
- Baby Bee Shampoo Bar
- 12 baby washcloths handcrafted into bunnies and carrots
Terra M. from Garland, Texas
Sharon F. from Laurinburg, North Carolina
This is my first attempt at diaper cake. There are two layers of diapers, wrapped with receiving blankets. The top layer is a bunny with his legs wrapped around a pink blanket.
Amy from Guelph, Ontario Canada
This is a diaper cake I made for my husband's cousin! I love making diaper cakes! I am just trying to get my business started!
Dana S. from Minneapolis, MN
The story behind the "Tea Party Cake" is: I made this cake for my sister-in-law who was having a baby girl. Her shower was held during the summer, and the theme was Alice In Wonderland, hence the tea party idea. We had different styles of tea pots on each table as well as treats that suggested "eat me" and the tea cups had tags stating "drink me" to go along with the story. The diaper cake, adorned with a white rabbit, clocks and a "tea cup" tied in nicely. We kept the theme, as well as all of the decorations, food and other details secret from the mom-to-be and she was thrilled with the result! She could not get over the diaper cake. It was our centerpiece for the shower, and she was just blown away! I was so happy that she loved it! I couldn't have asked for a better response! Thank you again for considering my designs. I really appreciate it!!
Ana N. from Adelaide, South Australia
1. Roll up diapers (used clothes pegs to keep hold)
2.Arrange them in 3 different round circles (hence the 3 tiers). I used some elastic to keep them firmly in place.
3. I added pink teal underneath the elastic to give it a more 'fairy floss' look.
4.Tie ribbon around every round tier. (Used pink ribbons in this cake obviously for a baby girl)
5. Stack all 3 tiers on top of one another (starting with the largest then smallest of course)
6.Use a thin wooden stick to slide through the middle of the cake so that the cake will keep in tact and not fall over.
8. The base is made out of cardboard, cut out into a circle. Covered in pink tissue paper. Then i just added a few butterfly stickers to make the base look more appealing.
That's all there is to it! Very fun and simple :)
Leilanie G. from Elk Grove, California
Tina W. from Cabot, Arkansas
This is the first Diaper Cake I made for my daughters friend, I am now working on one for my daughter!
Francine D. from Johannesburg, South Africa
Here are a couple more nappy cakes I have made.
Patricia G. from Hoboken,GA
Tell us about your diaper cake! We would love to hear all about it... This is one of the first diaper cakes I made. Love doing these. I look at your site quite often.
Who did you make it for? I made it for my granddaughter.
Was there a theme or style you followed? She was having a boy, so I kept with the blues.
How many diapers did you use in your cake? Close to 50 or a little more.