DIY Diaper Cakes

I have always seen Diaper Cakes at showers and thought they were way too difficult to make. I never thought I would be crafty enough to put one together. Before you go online and buy one try this DIY.

What You’ll Need~

  • 14″ Cake Circle
  • Paper Towel Roll
  • Hot Glue Ribbon
  • Huggies Snugglers (I used Size 1)~I used about 64 Diapers
  • Mini Rubber bands
  • Curled Ribbon
  • Thick Ribbon
  • Thin Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments

I watched several different DIY tutorial videos on YouTube before I gave this a try. There is an “easier” way to do this where you fan the diapers but I actually found that more difficult. So I rolled the diapers.

Step I

Position your paper towel roll in the center of the cake circle. Use hot glue on the bottom of the roll and hold for a minute to be sure it stays in place.



Step II:

All the diapers are going to be rolled into a tight cylinder shape.

You can either roll all the diapers before hand or roll them by layer. Your choice. I know, I know rolling 64 diapers gets a little tedious but just pop on your favorite TV show or movie and start rolling. Once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll be on a roll. 

So, Starting on the base tier~roll six diapers from the bottom up. Then place a mini rubber band around each, about 1/4 of the way down. Then position each diaper around the cardboard roll. Next, take the curled ribbon and tie it tightly around the diapers, cut the loose ends off. Then you can either remove the rubber bands or leave them on. For this layer, the rubber bands will be covered.


Step III:

Next your going to roll 11 diapers from the bottom up. Again, add the rubber bands 1/4 of the way down the diaper and place them around your first layer. Then tie the curled ribbon around the diapers tightly, cut the loose ends off. And again, for this layer the rubber bands will be covered so you can either leave them on or take them off.


Step IV

For the final layer of the base tier you need to roll 17 diapers. I then added some extra diapers in where I had some loose open spaces. Roll the diapers from the bottom up, put the mini rubber bands on each diaper 1/4 of the way down and place each diaper around the 2nd layer. Then tie your curled ribbon around the final ribbon, cut the loose ends. For this layer, you’re going to want to remove the rubber bands. (The reason we are putting the rubber band down about 1/4 of the way is because if you put it in the middle or lower once you get the ribbon is you will not be able to remove the rubber band, it will then show when you add your decorative ribbon)


Step V:

We’re moving up to the second tier. And you are going to begin by repeating step 2. Roll six diapers from the bottom up, add a rubber band to each 1/4 of the way down and position them around the paper towel roll. Then tie your curled ribbon around the diapers tightly, and cut off the lose ends. Again, your choice if you want to remove the rubber bands.


Step VI & VII:

I combined these two steps because they are pretty much the same.

First, you are going to use 19 diapers to finish off your second tier. Roll the diapers from the bottom up, place the rubber bands 1/4 of the way down the diaper. Position the diapers around the first layer and tie your curled ribbon tightly, then cut off the loose ends. You’re going to remove the rubber bands for these diapers.

Now….You’re on the top tier…and you’re going to finish off with Six diapers…Repeat the same steps…Roll the diaper from the bottom up…Place the rubber band 1/4 of the way down the diaper…Position the diapers around the roll, the diapers should go slightly higher than the roll making a small hole in the top. Tie the curled ribbon around the diapers, cut off the lose ends and you are going to remove the rubber bands for these diapers also.

At this time, your diaper cake should look something along the lines of this. Maybe it’s better than mine, maybe it’s worse. Doesn’t matter…You did it, that’s what matters! 


So now that the diaper part is complete it’s time to add the fun stuff. You should have two different types of ribbon. One should be thick and the other should be thin. 

Step VIII: 

Start with your thick ribbon and work your way from the bottom tier to the top. Wrap the ribbon around each layer to determine how much you are going to need. Then cut it and add a little bit of hot glue to make sure the ribbon is secure on each layer. Hold the ribbon together for a minute to the glue sticks. This ribbon should cover your curled ribbon.


Step IX:

Now you’re going to use your thin ribbon and follow the same steps. It does not have to be on the top of your thick ribbon. You can decorate it anyway you wish, this is how I chose to do mine. Just make sure the ribbon is securely fastened around each layer.


Step X: 

Your almost done, now it’s just time to spice it up a little. For this one, my sister is having a girl and it’s a Nautical themed baby shower so I decided to add some Nautical embellishments but also keeping the baby feel to it by putting a rocking horse on the top and pink confetti paper around each layer.

You want to be careful here though, for the wood embellishments that I have on this cake…I used hot glue so that they stick to the ribbon, because I know they will not be reused. If you choose to do something similar be sure the hot glue does not get on the diapers or you won’t be able to use them.


For this diaper cake, I added baby stuff to it i.e. pacifiers, rattles, toys, etc. Do not use hot glue because these items can be reused. Instead use a ribbon to tie around the object and tie it to your ribbon on the cake. 


A great gift to give the Mommy to be!