Monday, June 27, 2011

Diaper Cake Tutorial

My sister's expecting a baby in August.... her 4th GIRL!

A perfect excuse for me to finally make one of these diaper cakes that I've been admiring for a couple of years now.  So here you have it...

I was thrilled with how it turned out, and that it really wasn't that difficult to put together.

There are SO many tutorials for diaper cakes out there, that I really wondered if I should bother adding my own.


Yeah, I think I will.

My diaper cake contains the following:
(Keep in mind, you can add or omit pretty much anything you like.)
- About 145 Size 1 Diapers
- 6 Baby Wash Cloths
- 4 Onsies
- 1 Hooded Towel
- 4 Flannel Receiving Blankets
- 1 Bottle of Baby Shampoo/Baby Wash
- 1 Tube of Diaper Rash Cream
- 2 Sets of Baby Nail Clippers
- 4 Pacifires
- 1 Super Soft Blanket Toy
- 1 Baby Rattle

Other Supplies Used:
- Ribbon
- Curling Ribbon
- Rubber Bands (about 220)
- Silk Flowers
- Glue Gun & Hot Glue
- Cardboard (Many people use a cake tray instead)
- Cellophane (not pictured, but I used this to wrap the diaper cake up when finished)

Step 1: Get Rolling!
Begin by rolling each of the diapers you intend to use in your diaper cake.  I thought it would be easiest to secure them with rubber bands than with ribbon like I've seen some people suggest.  Begin rolling on the open end of the diaper, with the back-side of the diaper facing up.  Tightly roll all the way to the end, and secure with a rubber band.


Next, roll some of your smaller items that you can closely match to the size of your rolled diapers.  Here you see the set of baby wash clothes all rolled.

I folded the onsies so that I could roll them to a similar size as well.

Once everything is rolled, you can begin forming your cake!

Step 2: Form Your Cake Base!
Ok... so this may seem really strange, but I found it quite helpful to use my spring form pan to help me get started.  You want to choose a taller item for the middle to add some stability to your cake (and allow you to attach the next layer).  I used a bottle of baby shampoo here.  I then began to tuck my rolled diapers in around the bottle until everything seemed nice and snug.
I tied a piece of curling ribbon around the diapers and knotted it tightly, removed the beginning of my cake from the pan, and added another layer of diapers to those I'd already secured together.  I was working with so many diapers, that this just made it easier to keep them all in place without whipping out the glue gun (which I would have SO DONE had it not rendered the diapers totally useless for my sister at that point).

For the outer layer of diapers I added in a onsie and a couple of the was clothes, to add some color to the cake.  Again, I secured the entire layer by wrapping a couple lengths of curling ribbon around the middle and knotting tightly.  My bottom layer had 91 diapers, 1 onsie, 2 washcloths, and the bottle of shampoo.

Step 3: Form Your Second Layer!
I decided to hide my hooded towel and receiving blankets inside the diaper cake.  So I rolled each of these into similar heights, and tightly secured them around the shampoo bottle from the center of my cake base.  I had to stick an extra diaper into the middle of these to make up for the extra height above the bottle in the center of them all.

Once you have your middle in place, you can begin adding your diapers and other small, rolled items around them.  Again, you will tightly secure them in place using a couple lengths of curling ribbon around the middle.
My second layer had 33 diapers, 2 onsies, and 2 washcloths around the center blankets and hooded towel.

Step 4: Top it Off!
Before I added diapers to the top layer of my cake, I stuck some of the smaller items inside.  I added diaper rash cream and some nail clippers.

And... just as before... add your rolled diapers and other rolled items around until you are happy with the size.  Secure with a couple lengths of tightly knotted curling ribbon.

Step 5: Decorate It!
If you ask me, this is the fun part!!!
I decided to use this yellow ribbon to wrap around the middle of each layer on the cake.  It hid the rubber bands and the curling ribbon, and gave some nice color.  I used hot glue to secure the two ends together.

I then used hot glue to add a thinner ribbon to the middle in a nice contrasting color that matched some of the items I used in the diaper cake.

I had some left over silk flowers from another project which looked so cute.  I hot glued these to the ribbon, and used a softer, light pink ribbon to tie the other items to the diaper cake (the rattle and pacifiers).  We stuck the little blanket toy on top with another silk flower.

Step 6: Add Some Support!
Yeah.. you could do this first.  I chose to do it last because I didn't want my base to dictate the size of my diaper cake.  I wanted to get as many diapers in there as I could.  So I slid my cake onto a large square of cardboard from a box I had on hand.  I traced around my cake, and cut the cardboard to shape.

And here you have it!

And, in case you were curious, my sis loved it :)

Hope you do too!


  1. I love the flowers added to it :)

  2. Thanks for posting this! I always wondered how they came together! Very cute! We have a few babies coming this fall in our church, so now I have an idea on what to do! saw you on tip junkie!


  3. I can't believe that I never thought to use a cake pan to hold the diapers in place while I tied them!! I feel so silly. I would just try to hold them in place by hand while I tied them. Thanks so much for the great tutorial. The diaper cake is gorgeous.

  4. I love that you hid things inside and used the shampoo and towels to stablize your layers! Great idea, AND it makes it fun to "destroy" - though I think some may wait as long as possible to try - your cake came out SO beautiful!

  5. Very nice diaper cake. I love the design of it. I have made some myself, but I love the design of yours! Thanks for sharing and for the step by step instructions!

  6. That looks amazing! I would love it if you linked up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now:
    I hope to see you soon!

  7. The diaper cake looks lovely! :) Thanks for the tutorial. I have looked at them a few times, and wondered how it all sat together - never looked it up though. Smashing job! :)

  8. Adorable diaper cake! Great job! Thanks for linking this up as well.

  9. Oh wow!!! Now I wish that someone was having a baby just so I can make this! That is such a wonderful gift for someone who it having a baby!

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  10. This is so cute! I've seen them before and it's always the hit of the party.

    I just found your blog and I'm your newest follower. I'd really love to have you post this on my linky party!!! The party is open for a few more days.

    I also write another blog you might be interested in.


  11. I love it! I've made a few before and each one is always so different! I like all of the color you used!

  12. What a sweet diaper cake! It would be a perfect link-up at the Pretty Packages Party starting today!
    Hope to see you there!

  13. Hello my name is Jennifer and I just wanted to let you know that I have featured your tutorial on my blog. Please let me know if there is any content that you wish for me to remove. Cheers

  14. I love the little surprises you added Shampoo, towels, ect... so its not just a bunch of diapers. Thank you for linking up at

  15. Featuring YOU today in my {take a look at you} post. Thank you so much for sharing this at my party last week. :)


  16. Hi, Rachel! I've pinned this in Pinterest and featured it today here. Please feel free to grab the feature button on my sidebar and thank you so much for linking up in my blog party :)

  17. That is some kind of pretty diaper cake! Love it! My daughter is expecting and we're having a family celebration next've inspired me to make one of these for her! Love it!!

  18. I love diaper cakes! I got an amazing one when I had my baby girl. This is awesome & so happy you made a tutorial! Maybe I'll take a stab at it sometime!

  19. Great tutorial; thank you! I'm making a diaper cake for my cousin for tomorrow and being a "wing it" type, um, this would have probably been disastrous so I'm glad I smartened up & found you first. ;) P.S. Found you via Pinterest--great blog!

  20. That is such an adorable diaper cake! How long did it take you to make it?

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