Diaper cakes are so easy to make and always make the perfect decor for a baby shower! When I made my first one, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy (and quick!) it was to make. Below is the photo-tutorial and if you have questions, feel free to ask!
Gather your supplies. You will need:
-PLAIN WHITE (or not super patterned) diapers (at least a 72 count pack and I purchased a size 2).
-Clear hair rubber bands (Goody
‘s makes them and they have small ones and large ones; get the large ones!)
-Approx 8 normal rubber bands.
-Two 8 ounce baby bottles (cheap ones are fine) – if you are making a 2 tier cake, get an 8 ounce and 4 ounce to accommodate for height difference.
-Starbursts (you will see why below!)
-A cake bottom or a piece of rounded cardboard to set the cake on.
-Double-sided tape or a glue gun
-Decor for the cake (pacis, bows, socks, small baby toys, etc.)
-Fake flowers or a large bow for the cake topper
-A handful of sewing pins
How To Make A Diaper Cake, Step-By-Step::
Once you have a bunch of rolled diapers, take one of your bottles and put a regular rubber band around it. I filled my bottle with a fun treat for my mama-to-be to find when she pulls the cake apart! It also adds weight.
Stretch the rubber band out and put a round of diapers around it. Put enough diapers in to fill the space in a tight circle. You will do this for three rounds to make your diaper cake base. Also, set this on the cardboard to give it some stability when you transport it around.
Bottom layer with two rounds of diapers. Use the same regular rubber band the whole time and just keep stretching it all the way out.
What I ended up doing here was pulling out the outermost round of the colorful Winnie the Pooh patterned diapers, and re stuffing it with plain white ones. I didn’t want to re-do the whole cake or waste the diapers and so I kept the pattern ones on the inside and just bought a smaller pack of plain white so my outermost layer seen would be white. To avoid my mistake, just buy white diapers to begin with.
As you can see, the top of the bottle is sticking out. Take the top of the bottle off (the part with the nipple) and place another regular rubber band around the sticking out part of the bottle. Now begin putting in two rounds of diapers around that. This will create your second tier.
For the third tier or top layer, you will take your second baby bottle and place it in the hole in the center of the second tier. Now repeat process with rubber band and fill with one round of diapers.
Your naked, but constructed cake should look as the one does below. Make sure the top is off of the top bottle, as the opening in the bottle will later serve as the holder for the cake topper (bow or flowers.) You can see I chose flowers.
Take your ribbon and use it to cover up the rubber bands. I used double sided tape to secure the ends of the ribbon. You can use a glue gun as well, I just didn’t have one handy. The ends where my ribbon met up wasn’t completely neat, but later on, I just covered it with something cute on the cake. If yours come out slightly messy, just cover it up later.
Now you are ready to decorate your cake, and the only advice I have is to use your imagination! Here are some things that I did…I took a wooden dowel and slid it into the cake and then put a rubber band around the bears neck and rubber banded him to the cake. I then took a sewing pin and pinned his bottom to a diaper for added stability. I did have to cut the dowel down, but I just accommodated as needed.
I used other ribbon to decorate some of the other items I placed on the cake and then secured them either by double sided tape, a sewing pin, or the dowel and rubber band method. The cake was easy to pick up and transport as we moved it at least 8 times and traveled for over 3 hours to get to the shower!
Now just place all of your items decoratively on the cake and have fun!!
I wanted it to have a tad more height so we displayed it on a cake stand. Also, I did play around with the decor to get it to look balanced (i.e. not all of the huge items on the right side of the cake). If you want a smaller one, two tiers is easy and adorable as well! The only difference for that is instead of two 8 ounce bottles, I use an 8 ounce and a 4 ounce for the inside structural part.
I thought it turned out cute, and at the shower it was the centerpiece and a hit!
Good luck and let me know how yours comes out!