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)
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.
Step 1: Make the cake structure
Cut the cardboard tubing or spent toilet paper rolls to the width of the diapers you are using
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.
You can make a diaper cake of any size. These directions are for a three-tier diaper cake using about 70 diapers.
Below you will find more ideas for your diaper cakes.