DIY Diaper Cakes

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite baby gifts to give at a baby shower.  A long time ago, ok 2008, my sweet cousin Rosie was pregnant and expecting a boy, and I wanted to give her something cool, unique, and practical.  Enter diaper cakes!  I researched online for a unique baby gift and the diaper cake kept popping up, so I read articles and blogs in order to see what you needed to make one and how to do it yourself.  I also viewed YouTube videos and they helped out a lot with the visual aspect.  Like I said before, I don’t have a great memory, but because this project brings me so much joy in constructing it and giving it as a gift, I do remember the sheer anticipation when I tackled my first diaper cake.  I had a lot of fun!

My list of essentials in order to make a cake includes an empty wrapping paper tube (it’ll be your starting point where you begin assembling the diapers around it, once you finish the tube will be hidden), rubber bands (to wrap the individual diapers and then wrap them to the tube in place, making the towers), ribbon (to hide the rubber bands), baby toys (for decoration and added gifts), baby toiletries (for decoration and added gifts), baby blankets (roll them up and insert into diaper cake just like the diapers), clip art (optional), curling ribbon, (optional), assorted mini baby decorations such as pacifiers, safety pins, etc. found at the craft store (optional), a piece of wood or very thick cardboard (for the cake to sit on), and of course diapers!

This was the first diaper cake I made.  My family and my cousin’s friends loved it.  It looked great on the table and it was one of a kind.  This cake made everyone happy, especially the expectant parents, because diapers are one of the most important gifts one can give.

I wish that I would have taken step by step pictures but back then, that thought never occurred to me.  I’m happy that at least I took a picture of the finished project.  After that cake, I did some more but again I only took pictures of the finished project and unfortunately at this time, no one is expecting.  So until, you can always do what I did and research online.  Look at different cakes for inspiration and DIY.  This is a project with endless possibilities.

Here are pictures of all the cakes I’ve made:

This diaper cake was for my sister-in-law.  This one came out wider than the first.  I stuffed a lot of diapers, which made the top big enough to sit two stuff animals, wash cloths in the center forming the “candle or cake topper”, and letter sitters (sadly, discontinued) spelling out the baby’s nickname, A.J.  Everyone kept asking, “You made that?”  I would nod and they would say, “Amazing!” 🙂

This diaper cake was for my dear friend, Francine.  It was the tallest, widest, and heaviest cake I’ve ever made.

This was the cake topper that I chose and I thought it was the most adorable thing ever.  It was a clay baby figurine that I found at Lady Jane Craft Store.

This cake was smaller and I used the letter sitters (sadly, discontinued) to spell out bella (short for Isabella) to decorate the top.

And last but definitely not least,

my Rock and Roll Princess diaper cake, which I made for my sister-in-law’s second child.  I placed a pair of brand new black, patent Mary Janes on top as the cake topper.  For decorations, I used a princess crown, pink feather boas, and on the base I glued gingham ribbon to make the skirt for the cake to sit on.  A hit once again!!

I can say wholeheartedly that I had so much fun making each and every single diaper cake.  I hope you enjoyed looking at these pics.  Until next time…


7 thoughts on “DIY Diaper Cakes

  1. I was so honored and blessed that you did a diaper cake for Gabriella’s baby shower. It was so beautiful, that it took my a while before I decided to take it apart to use the diapers and all the goodies you had around it. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and creativity. Love, Francine

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