A diaper cake makes a fantastic centerpiece for a baby shower. They’re simple to make and so easily customizable to the theme of your party. This baby shower cake was created for my adorable cousin, Krissy, who is an elementary school teacher. Her shower had a ‘book’ theme, which judging by the number of invitations I get these days, have become quite popular. (Last Fall, I hosted a baby shower tea party for my sister-in-law and we used this idea from Martha Stewart).
You may have seen this craft and my tutorial when it was featured a couple weeks ago on Living Locurto. Just in case you missed it, here’s what you do:
-Cardboard cake rounds: For a three-tiered cake, I used 8″, 10″ and 12″. (These can be found at Michael’s in the baking section)
-Cardboard tubing or spent toilet paper rolls (6 should be sufficient)
-Hot glue gun + glue
-Diapers – a pack of 78 is just enough (I find Pampers Swaddlers to be the best because they are white and most aesthetically pleasing in ‘cake’ form)
-Ribbon in complementary colors to the event you are planning
-Adornments: I usually like to have a stuffed animal as a cake topper. Additionally, you can use pacifiers, baby washcloths, teething rings, baby lotion or powder — anything that fits in with your color scheme
-(Optional) – Colorful construction paper and text pages from used books (folded together and glued to make small ‘books’ to adorn the diaper cake)
Step 1: Make the cake structure
Cut the cardboard tubing or spent toilet paper rolls to the width of the diapers you are using
Use a hot glue gun to glue the tubes to the cardboard cake rounds. Three tubes for the bottom layer, two tubes for the middle layer and 1 tube on the top layer.
Step 2: Add the diapers
Wrap some of the diapers around the cardboard support tubes and secure in place with rubber bands. For the outer, exposed, layer of diapers, roll each diaper tightly and place around the edge of the cardboard cake round securing the entire cake tier with a large rubber band.
Step 3: Adorn the cake
Wrap each layer with ribbon making sure to disguise the rubber bands. Add silk flowers or other colorful baby items to adorn the cake. Secure them to the ribbon or under the rubber bands as best you can. You may need to use your imagination. If you use glue, be careful not to get any glue on the diapers because the baby shower recipient will surely want to use the diapers after she disassembles the cake.
Step 4: Add your cake topper and other accoutrements
Add your cake topper and other accoutrements. Because this shower had a book theme, I cut out small rectangles of colorful construction paper and glued text pages from used books on the inside. Folded together, these made small baby books which adorned the cake. I made sure my cake topper – the turtle – was reading one of them.
And there you go.
Longtime blog followers of I Do All My Own Stunts will no doubt remember that I did a diaper cake tutorial a few years back. This is my updated, streamlined version to be sure, but the post is worth checking out if you want to see some more color and decor options.
Also, my lovely friend Jill used my tutorial for the diaper cake she made me for my baby shower. (She made two of them – one for each baby!). You can see the photos in this post. By the way, the stuffed animals she used as cake toppers are my kids’ most prized possessions. They are desperately attached to them. Desperately.
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