How to Make a Diaper Cake

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I've always loved diaper cakes and the adorable things you can do with them for baby showers. When my sister-in-law wanted to have a diaper raffle at her baby shower, I knew I wanted to make a diaper cake for her. I scoured Pinterest and got some great ideas - turns out, they're really not that hard to make!

*Diapers: I got a box of 112 size 2 diapers and I had at least 10 left over. Also, my cake is super fat compared to most diaper cakes so you can definitely reduce the amount of layers/diapers
**Ribbon: Most diaper cakes use 2 different kinds of ribbon. It's up to you what you'd like to do ribbon-wise. I used a pink ribbon that was wide and transparent underneath an opaque ribbon with a fun design

Step 1: Lay your diapers out on the table, overlapping each other at about their midpoint. Roll them onto your paper towel roll (I really should've taken a picture of this but failed... so I am using a picture from the blog I got some of the instructions from). I was able to do this by myself but it might get a little tricky so another set of hands would be helpful. This step also determines how thick your cake will end up being (the thickness of the paper towel roll will also determine the thickness of the cake so I suggest not using a full roll). Continue doing this for another 2 layers up your cake, making sure the thickness gets smaller as you go up. Secure your diapers around the paper towel roll with a rubber band.

Step 2: Once your layers are done, roll individual diapers into a "roll" and tape closed. Position the individually rolled diapers around the cake and secure with another rubber band, making sure the tape is facing the inside of the cake. Continue doing this on the other 2 layers. 

Step 3: Add your first layer of ribbon around each layer, covering the rubber bands and securing in the back with tape. Place your second layer of ribbon on top of the first and secure in the back with tape. Add a fun topper (this could be a big bow, ribbon, a gift - I had this giant ribbon from a previous gift and found it fit perfectly).

Step 4: Add some fun accessories! The possibilities are endless with this step - we had already gotten them a few gifts and I didn't want to go overboard so I added some headbands I snagged from Target. In order to transport the cake, you'll need a flat base. I cut a circle out of cardboard to match the cake diameter and placed it underneath.

Linking up with Jessi.


  1. You did such a good job with this - looks great!

  2. What a great tutorial! One of my co-workers gave us a diaper cake, and it was such a fun gift!

  3. Good job! I love making diaper cakes, lets me use some creative energy!

  4. I always wondered how people made these! Thanks for sharing! So neat! Trish - tales from trish

  5. umm this is perfection! Thank you so much for sharing! (and can we talk about how fabulous you look?! Where is that dress from?) Thanks for linking up with us today! xo

  6. LOVE this! I've always wanted to make one of these for a baby shower <3

    Green Fashionista

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