It’s baby shower season! And if you’re like me, you try to come up with cute, but practical gifts that the new parents can really use. It’s not always easy. Too often the most adorable blanket or toy will sit in a drawer or closet and collect dust. And what about gifts when it’s not the first baby? The parents likely have all the gear they are going to need. That’s where diaper cakes come in. All parents of new babies need lots and lots of diapers. If you’re hosting the shower, the diaper cake can even become your centerpiece. Intrigued? Read on for how to make a diaper cake.
First off, what is a diaper cake? It’s not really a cake. It’s basically a tower of rolled up diapers covered with cute ribbon and accessories. You are giving the parents a supply of useful diapers in a really cute way, and they often contain other gifts like blankets, lotion, wash or washcloths. To get started, gather the following supplies:
- About 60 diapers, preferably size 2 – you might look for some with a cute design
- A large piece of cardboard for the base – think something large and sturdy enough to hold a large, round cake
- 60+ regular rubber bands
- 3+ extra large rubber bands
- A roll of paper towels or large bottle of baby lotion or wash – preferably a tall cylinder shape
- Some pencils
- Cute ribbon of your choosing
- Double-sided tape
- Toys and decorations for your theme – we will get to that later
To build your cake, follow these simple steps:
1. Build your base. Start rolling your diapers into cylinders. Start with the crotch and roll out. Secure each diaper with a rubber band. You will need about 36 diapers for the base, depending upon how tightly you roll them. Once your diapers are rolled, you are ready to build. Stand the paper towel roll up vertically and place the diapers around it standing vertically in a circle. You could use a large bottle of wash or lotion in place of the paper towels. Just make sure the bottle is tall and round. Create three rows of diapers around the paper towels. Secure the diaper “circles” with one of the large rubber bands. You now have a base.
2. Create the support. Take the large piece of cardboard and place it on the second tier. Trace the base to create a large circle and cut it out. Place your base level on the piece of cardboard. This will support the diaper cake and make it easier to transport. You could also use a cheap pizza pan or large plastic tray if you want to skip the cardboard.
3. Make the middle tier. For the middle tier, roll the diapers and follow the same steps you did for the base. You will probably use about 18 diapers for the middle tier. Secure each diaper with its own rubber band. Place all of the diapers in a circle around the paper towels or wash and secure this tier with one of the extra large rubber bands.
4. Build a support system. Once you have your middle tier in place on top of the base, stick a few of the pencils through both tiers to secure them together. You don’t want the tiers to topple off of each other.
5. Finish the top. For the top tier, you can continue to use the diapers as you have with the other tiers, or you can switch it up and use small, colorful baby washcloths. If you choose to use washcloths, roll them as you would the diapers and secure them with rubber bands. Use additional pencils to secure this level to the others.
6. Decorate. Here’s where the fun comes in. Use the double-sided tape to cover the extra large rubber bands with your ribbon. Starting to look like a cake? Finish it off with the toys and decorations for your theme. You can even wrap it all with cellophane if you want to keep it together for easy transportation.
What about a theme? The themes and the ways you could choose to decorate your diaper cake are endless. Just get creative! Here are some of the favorite ideas we have seen:
Spring has sprung. Use silk flowers and leaves to decorate the top and sides of the cake.
Little cupcake. Instead of the roll of paper towels and tiers of diapers, use a cupcake tree and place the diapers in cupcake papers on the tree. Top as you would like.
Fondant. Wrap the diaper tiers in blankets before you stack them so it looks like fondant. Cover the blankets with ribbons to decorate.
Photo courtesy of sweetaprils.com
Whatever you choose, the new parents are going to love this gift. It’s both adorable and practical. Have fun!