These step by step diaper cake directions show you how to make an easy diaper cake with diapers only - there are no baby accessories required! With my free diaper cake instructions you will come up with a basic, yet beautiful diaper cake in no time!
If you want to make a decorated cake, please follow the link below to see how to attach all kinds of baby things and beautiful decorations.
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approx. 75 diapers size 2: I have used Pampers in size 2, you can also take size 3 (approx. 60-65 diapers) or mix size 2 and 3 (then use size 3 for tier 1).
Do not use diapers in size 1, because then the cake needs to be 'destroyed' very soon and since newborns grow so quickly the baby might outgrow size 1 before all diapers have been used up.
a tube (inner of a kitchen towel roll): alternatively a big bottle of baby bath, baby shampoo, etc., alternatively a baby drinking bottle.
approx. 50 rubber bands: 46 small and 4 big ones.
broad gift ribbon: choose the color according to your general theme. For a boy blue / green, for a girl pink / rose / red and for unisex yellow / orange / brown are suitable.
a tray and a paper lace dolly or a napkin: alternatively a piece of big cardboard and aluminium foil to cover the cardboard with.
approx. 25 baby cotton swaps, some string, a pair of scissors, glue and 3 small cloth pegs
Diaper Cake Directions - Step 1:
Roll all your diapers for tier 1. You can either roll them from the closed end to the open end (that's what I did, which let's you see the design and makes a very colourful diaper cake), or roll them from the open end to the closed end, or open them up and roll the entire length.
Roll the diapers as tightly as you possibly can and then fix with a rubber band at the top third.
Diaper Cake Tutorial - Step 2:
Take your tube (bottle), stand it upright with one of the big rubber bands loosely around. Position your rolled up diapers around the tube, and inside the rubber band. For your first layer there should be around 9 diapers round the tube.
Diaper Cake Directions - Step 3:
Take another big rubber band and fix it loosely around the 9 diapers, add your 2nd layer which should be around 15 diapers.
With the help of another big rubber band position your layer 3 which will be approx. 20 diapers. Make sure the diaper openings all point towards the inner of the diaper cake and the motifs point to the outside. That makes your cake look the best.
Diaper Cake Directions - Step 5:
Use some string to fix all the layers around the tube. Pull tight and make a knot! After that you can remove all of your rubber bands.
Now your 1st tier is finished!
Diaper Cake Tutorial - Step 6:
Proceed in tier 2 as you did before: for layer 1 of tier 2 position approx. 9 diapers around the tube (bottle) and for layer 2 approx. 14 diapers; then fix with some string and remove the rubber bands.
Diaper Cake Directions - Step 7:
Your core (tube, bottle) should still stick out a few inches, continue with tier 3 just as in tier 2, you will need approx. 7 diapers. Then again fix with string and remove all of your rubber bands.
Diaper Cake Directions - Step 8:
Take your ribbon, position it over the string on all 3 tiers and fasten it with just a drop of glue. Take a small cloth peg to fix the ends until the glue has dried . Take another diaper, roll it up and wrap some ribbon around the top. Then place the diaper on the core tube so it still sticks out a little bit (see the photo of the finished cake below).
Correct any crooked and incorrect diapers and position all in a nice and straight way to make the cake look perfect.
Diaper Cake Directions - Step 10:
Use some cotton swabs as candles and stick them inside the rolled diapers. On tier 3 use one for each diaper, on tier 1 and 2 stick one in any other diaper only. Of course, you can take real birthday candles, too - however, I would not light them up, to prevent the cake and diapers from burning down completely!
Now, all that's still needed is a base to put the diaper cake on. I have used a round aluminium grill tray and have covered it with a paper lace doily (see photo on top). You can also use a napkin to cover it. Alternatively, take a normal tray or cut a round shape out of some thick cardboard and cover it with aluminium foil. Of course, you can also take a real cake plate.
TA-DA! Here it is: our basic, simple diaper cake -
easy as taking candy from a baby!!!
Roll your diapers and leave them for the night before your start to make your actual cake.
Or roll your diapers and prepare your plain cake but leave the rubber bands on. Let the diaper cake sit overnight and remove the rubber bands the next day. Only then do your decoration.
By doing so the diapers will stay better in shape and will just look nicer!
A pampers cake can be given on its own but also to accompany a gift that does not look 'fancy enough' by itself, such as for example a gift envelope, a babysitting coupon or a money gift.
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