I have always seen Diaper Cakes at showers & online and thought they were much too difficult for me to make. I never thought I would be crafty enough to put one together. Until I actually did. Now before you go online and buy one try this DIY Diaper Cake and be amazed by your own creativity.
- 14″ Cake Circle
- Paper Towel Roll
- Hot Glue Gun
- Huggies Snugglers (Size 1)–Approx 64 Diapers
- Mini Rubber Bands
- Curled Ribbon
- Thick Ribbon
- Thin Ribbon
You can buy all of these items at your local Walmart
I watched several DIY tutorial videos on Youtube before I gave this a try. I’ve been told there is an easier way to do this where you fan the diapers out but I actually found that one to be more difficult. So instead I rolled the diapers. Do what is easier for you, but in this tutorial I’m going to show you how to build a diaper cake by rolling the diapers.
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.
All the diapers are going to be rolled into a tight cylinder shape like so.
You can either roll all the diapers before hand or roll them by layer. It’s your choice. I know rolling 64 diapers all at one time gets a little tedious but just pop in your favorite TV show or movie and start rolling. Once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s really not that bad.
So starting at the Base Tier-roll 6 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 and 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.
Next, your going to roll 11 diapers from the bottom up. Add the rubber bands to each diaper 1/4 of the way down and place them around your first layer. Then tie your curled ribbon around the diapers tightly and cut the loose ends off. Again, for this layer the rubber bands will be covered so you can either leave them on or take them off.
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, place your 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 diapers and cut the loose ends. For this layer, you’re going 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 it will be difficult to remove once your curled ribbon is in place. For the inner layers of the diaper cake, the rubber bands are not visible but for the outer layer you need to remove those bands because they will show after you add your decorative ribbon.
We’re moving up to the second level now. And you are going to begin by repeating step 2. Roll 6 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 6 & 7:
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 level…and you’re going to finish off with 6 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 thinner.
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 on the end to make sure the ribbon is secure on each layer. Hold the ribbon together for a minute so that the glue sticks. This ribbon should cover your curled ribbon.
Now you’re going to use your thin ribbon and follow the same steps.
The thin ribbon does not have to be on top of your thick ribbon. You can decorate your diaper cake anyway that you wish. This is how I chose to do mine. Just make sure the ribbon is securely fastened around each layer.
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!