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How to Make a Diaper Cake Centerpiece by Sagittarius ,  Jan 30, 2013
CAKE # 1

A “diaper cake” resembles a traditional tiered cake, but it is made entirely out of diapers and other infant gifts the expectant mother will love.  It makes a thoughtful and fun centerpiece for a baby shower, and it’s much easier to make than you would think.  Just follow this simple “recipe”!


Plastic cake plate or sturdy cardboard base

1 package infant size diapers (about 50 to 60)

Rubber bands

Ribbon (both thin curly ribbon and wide ribbon)

1 tall item to use as a stabilizer (such as a bottle of baby lotion or an 8 oz. baby bottle)

Other baby items such as washcloths, toys, bibs, socks, travel size baby toiletries, etc.


  1. Roll all 50 diapers up and secure with a curly ribbon or a rubber band.  I prefer to use a ribbon because it  is prettier.  Rubber bands are easier to work with, so if you have arthritis or a child-helper, you might consider securing each diaper with a rubber band.  You should be able to hide most of the rubber bands at the end with the wide ribbon if you choose to use them.
  2. Position your baby lotion bottle (stabilizer) in the middle of the cake plate or cardboard stand.  Surround it with one layer of rolled diapers (about 5 or 6) and secure with a rubber band.  Add a second ring of diapers (about 10) around the outside of the first ring.  You can add as many “rings” as your stand will hold, depending on how many diapers you have and how large you want your bottom tier to be.  I made 3 rings for my bottom tier.              
3.  Tie a piece of wide ribbon in a bow around the outer layer of the bottom tier.  Check to make sure all rubber bands are covered.
4. The second tier is constructed exactly like the first, except that you will use fewer diapers and have less rings.  If the bottom tier has three rings of diapers, use two rings for the second tier.
5.  Assemble the top tier with the remaining diapers.  It should be even smaller than the second tier.  If the stabilizing bottle you chose isn’t tall enough to provide stability for this layer, you can use a 4 oz. baby bottle, a small stuffed toy, or even a toilet paper tube for the inner layer.  Wrap this layer of diapers with the wide ribbon, just as before.
6.  Decorate your diaper cake with extra baby items.  I took out a few diapers and replaced them with rolled up baby washcloths, and then added a baby blankie, infant toys, socks, and travel size baby toiletry items.  Place a cute stuffed animal, a pair of baby shoes, a teether, or another item on top of the cake as the crowning touch.
CAKE # 2
Materials: -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) -Rubber bands -Ribbon in complementary colors to the event you are planning -Silk flowers -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.
CAKE # 3

You can make a diaper cake of any size. These directions are for a three-tier diaper cake using about 70 diapers.

What you'll need:

  • 60-70 diapers
  • Rubber bands
  • Round cardboard, pizza pan or plastic tray
  • Wooden dowels
  • Bottles, toys and other baby items
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Cellophane or netting, if desired


  1. Roll each diaper and secure it with a rubber band.
  2. Create the top (smallest) layer of the cake by standing a baby bottle (or a rolled baby towel, small baby doll or other gift) upright with a large rubber band around it. Place eight rolled diapers around it, inside the rubber band.
  3. Repeat the process to create the middle layer, this time adding 16 diapers around the item.
  4. Make another layer exactly like the middle layer, then add an additional 20-30 more diapers around it. This will be the large, bottom layer of your diaper cake.
  5. Use a circular piece of cardboard, a pizza pan or plastic tray as the base of the cake. Place the bottom layer on to the base.
  6. Insert two wooden dowels between (not through) the diapers. Carefully stack the middle and top layers onto the cake, threading through the dowels.
  7. Add ribbon around each layer to hide the rubber bands. Place a stuffed animal, toy or other gift on top as a cake topper.
  8. Wrap the entire cake in cellophane or netting if you like, and secure with a ribbon or bow.

Below you will find more ideas for your diaper cakes.