Have you seen these commercials for one of the diaper brands and the tag line is “What happens in diapers, stays in diapers”? gross! Well since my sister is expecting to pop later this month with my first nephew, I thought it would be timely to dedicate this month to all things baby related, including diapers!
One of my favorite things to give friends at their baby showers are diaper cakes! I’ve made them for a few friends now and at my sister’s baby shower in April, I decorated one to use as a centerpiece on a fun welcome table.
There are LOTS of ways to make a diaper cake but here is a quick tutorial on the way I’ve been making them recently:
Supplies: Diapers (duh), a surface (mostly I’ve used recycled cardboard or for a perfect circle use a Wilton cake circle), ribbon to secure and any additional items you want to add in as desired (toys, small items off the registry, coordinated paper to dress).
1)Cover surface in decorative paper or giftwrap. In this case I went with the round Wilton cake circle and some wrapping paper. When trying to cover a round surface, it helps to make snips in the paper as I have shown here in order to cover it more effectively. Tape down with scotch tape. Flip over for the display.
2)Most diaper packs come with the diapers in a tight row. Use this to your advantage and slowly start to fan out the row to form a curved shape as you see me starting here.
3) Continue to form curved circle from diapers. Use ribbon to secure as you’re working. I’ve also heard the tip to use a round cake pan to help form the circle but I don’t have one. :)
4) For the bottom tier, I wanted to make sure it was the most stable and secure so I rolled up a few extra diapers into the center to make it thick. For other layers what you see above would be fine, if wound a little tighter.
5) Stack as many layers as desired, tied with a ribbon to hold them.
6) For an extra touch, add small toys, stuffed animals or items off the registery if desired. For the one for her shower, I just added some decorative paper punched with a pretty edge punch and kept it simple for a party decor piece.
Here are two other examples of diaper cakes I’ve made for friends over the years. I used to do the “roll each diaper and secure with a rubber band” technique as seen on the first cake, until I was able to achieve the above techniques for the second cake below.
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