How To Make A Diaper Owl

sleeping diaper owl with blue and white baby scarf

Making a diaper owl is a bit more tricky than to make some other diaper gifts. But if you are a crafty person, you will surely manage to make this creative and absolutely cute homemade baby gift with only little or even without having experience.  

Just follow my step-to-step owl diaper cake instructions and read my tips before you start with your project.  

How to make a diaper owl - what you need:

sleeping diaper owl in girl colors with colorful baby scarf
diaper owl with orange eyes, orange ribbons and big orange bow

* 30-36 diapers size 2 or 3

* a cute baby scarf / bandana / bib or something similar

* 2 plastic baby spoons

* a pacifier (especially cute if there is an owl printed on)

* extra, if you like but not mandatory: a piece of baby clothing, a washcloth, etc. to include into the owl's belly

* some thin ribbon and some colorful broad ribbon matching your accessories (as an alternative for a slim ribbon, some string is good, too). The  slim ribbon should not have a prominent color, best would be white or creme just as the diapers (I have only used pink so you can better recognize it on the photos!)

* eyes (wobbly eyes, some cardboard and a pen, artificial flowers, felt flowers or hearts, etc.) 

* a cake pan, pot or similar container, but the best is an adjustable cake setting ring with a diameter of around 8 inches. If you do not have a setting ring, it's not worth to buy one for just making one owl but this tool is great for decorating a real cake, too!

See what Dani from Hooper, UT says about making

a diaper owl using my tutorial and see how cute her owl diaper cake turned out!

Note: it's always cute if your accessories are owl related meaning - as on the photos above - a pacifier with an owl printed on it, a baby bandana or baby bib with an owl on, and so on. Since owls are so popular these days, you can find lots of baby items with an owl or owls on.

How to make a diaper owl - instructions:

hand putting diapers in setting ring
stacked diapers in setting ring

Take your cake setting ring (or pan, etc.) and start to stack the diapers in there. Make sure they all face the same way and overlap a bit (for the outer layer you will need approx. 10 diapers depending on the size and brand you use).



several layers of stacked diapers in cake setting ring

Continue stacking the diapers until your ring is nearly full.



For the middle of your owl's body, take 2 slim ribbons/string of approx. 30 inches length and roll a diaper around. Then take a second diaper, open it and roll it around the first diaper. If necessary, repeat with a third diaper. Then stick this roll inside the hole. The diaper roll will not fall through the hole since it adjusts itself to the hole. If you want to include a onesie or any other small clothing item into the owl's belly, roll up the onesie and then roll one or two diapers around. Do not forget the ribbons inside!  

Tie a thin ribbon around the diapers and then remove the cake ring.

fingers rolling a diaper with ribbon inside
fingers with fully rolled diaper with ribbon inside
cake setting ring with diapers and last diaper with ribbon inside inserted on top but still sticking out
fully filled cake setting ring with diapers from above, ribbon hanging out



Take a piece of broad ribbon and place it over the thin ribbon that goes around the owl's belly. Use a little bit of glue to fix it or even tie it with a knot. The spot where you glue the ribbon together will later on be on the top of the owl's body where we will fix the head parts, so it is not visible. Alternatively it can be on the bottom so you can't see it there either.

dark red ribbon fixed around the diapers



1 big roll of diapers (owls body) and 2 smaller rolls (owl's eyes) - ribbons hanging out

Now we still need 2 rolls for the top and eyes. Take another small ribbon of approx. 20 inch, roll a diaper around, and then 5 more, always one after the other. Fix with some adhesive tapes. 

Then, prepare one more roll like that, but include two small ribbons.



1 big roll of diapers (owls body) and 2 smaller rolls (owl's eyes) - ribbons tied together

Choose the side that looks more accurate of  all your 3 owl parts. These will be the front. Lay your 3 pieces down so the back looks at you. Then tie knots with your ribbons so everything stays together and is hold by the ribbons, even when you place your owl upright. Since this side will be the back you do not need to do this too neatly. Then, do the same with the front ribbons but be more accurate and careful there. 



For the wings on the sides, take two more diapers. Open them up and pull a small ribbon through. Place one 'wing' on each side of your diaper owl and tie the ribbon around the neck. Tie the ends of the ribbon with the other ends of your ribbons. 

fingers holding a diaper and pink ribbon inside
1 big roll of diapers (owls body) and 2 smaller rolls (owl's eyes), tied with ribbons, 2 more diapers fixed with more ribbon (owl's wings)
owl with sleeping eyes and baby scarf wrapped around the necknearly finished!

To finish your owl, stick a pacifier in the gap between the two head parts and fix it with the help of your ribbons. Place a bandana or bib around the diaper owl's neck so that most of your ribbons and knots are covered.

Create some eyes - either stick on wobbly eyes, some artificial rose blossoms or felt flowers. Or use some cardboard circles and draw some eyes on. Make a cut into your cardboard and push it onto your ribbon, you do not need any glue for that!

Finally use two plastic spoons for the owl's feet and stick these between the diapers at the bottom. No need to fix these, they will stay tight in there. 


For your owl's eye lashes use some chenille stem and stick it between your diapers.


Diaper owl gallery - more photos:

boy diaper owl in blue with big blue bowboy diaper owl
sleeping girl diaper owl with baby scarf in pink, green, brownsleepy diaper owl for girl
blue boy diaper owl with green eyes and pacifier chain in form of a little owldiaper owl with baby
girl diaper owl in orange with orange baby scarf with owl printed on and text 'little owl'girl diaper owl

See more owl diaper cake photos, all made by myself, here. 

If you have made a diaper owl or any other diaper gift using my instructions, I would love to see your craft. Please post up to 4 photos at my "Diaper Cake Gallery" and write something about it! Thank you so much.

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