How To Make A Diaper Snail

A diaper snail makes such a cute homemade baby gift. Try it out for your next baby shower!

- Make it plain with just some ribbon and two spoons which also makes a great baby shower decoration. You find a photo showing a plain diaper snail further down below this page. 

- Make it more lavish by adding a cute baby hat and some cuddly toy or a pacifier chain and/or roll a onsie into the snail's house and you have a unique homemade gift for that little new arrival!

Simply follow the below instructions, read my tips and have a look at my ideas to come up with this beautiful and easy baby craft! 


cute H&M baby set 'wrapped' in a snail diaper cake



Diaper Snail Instructions

What you need:

* 25-30 diapers size 2 or 3 (the number really depends on how thick the diapers you use are...)

* a cute baby cap or baby sun hat (alternatively 2 plastic baby spoons)

* some item to fix on the diaper snail such as a rattle, cuddly toy, baby shoes, 1 or 2 buggy baby books, a pacifier chain, etc.

* extra, if you like but not mandatory: a piece of baby clothing, a washcloth, etc. to roll into the core of the snail's shell

* some curly thin ribbon and some broad ribbon matching your accessories

* wobbly eyes and a red felt pen (or a piece of pipe cleaner) for the mouth

* a cake pan, pot or similar container, the best would be 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 snail but this 'tool' is great for decorating a real cake, too! Check it out:



How to make your pampers snail:

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. You'll need around 20-25 diapers for the snail's shell.

Continue stacking the diapers until your ring is nearly full.

If you have a hat with straps: For the middle of your snail shell use a rolled diaper with another diaper rolled around. Then stick the roll inside the hole. The diaper roll will adjust itself to the hole so it won't fall out. If you have a onesie or any other small clothing item, you can roll the onesie and then stick the onesie into the middle. You can also roll the onesie and a diaper (or even several ones if necessary) together.  

If you have a hat without straps (or spoon feelers): Include a piece of thin ribbon (approx. 25 inches long) into the middle of your first rolled diaper. Then continue as described above.   

Tie a thin ribbon around the diapers and then remove the cake ring. Make sure your ribbon is in the middle. Then take your broad ribbon and place it over the thin ribbon. Use a little bit of glue to fix it - the spot where you glue it will be on the bottom of your snail shell, so it does not really matter what it looks like. You can use a little cloth peg to fix the ribbon until the glue has dried. 



Depending on whether your baby hat has straps or not, you also need to craft the snail's head in a different way.

Hat with straps: take a diaper and roll it. Then open another diaper and roll it around. Do the same with about 4 more diapers, meaning open them up and roll them around the others. Depending on how big your hat is use either 5 ,6 or even 7 diapers for the head. Fix the last diaper with some scotch tape. This spot will be hidden under the hat, so use the tape generously if necessary.

Hat without straps or spoon feelers: take approx. 25 inches of thin ribbon and roll a diaper around. Then open another diaper and roll it around the first one. Continue as described above.


Place the baby hat on your rolled diapers. You will need to play around a little bit to see how it best fits. Make sure the scotch tape is hidden underneath your hat. Then take your wobbly eyes and a glue stick and fix the eyes. use the red felt pen to draw your mouth or fix the piece of pipe-cleaner with a glue stick.  The longer the mouth, the bigger the snail's smile ;-)

Take either the hat's straps or your small ribbon sticking out of the diaper head and tie them either behind the snail shells back or tie them with the ribbons of the snail shell. Make sure, they are not too tight but also not too loose. Baby hat straps often are a bit elastic which makes it easier. Curl the ends of your ribbons to make it look more whimsical. 

If you want to fix something on top of your pampers snail, you need to play around and try a bit, too, depending on what you have.

A pacifier chain, like this wooden one from Haba, usually is very easy to attach since it has a clip you can just clip onto the ribbon. Here I have tied a thin ribbon around the broad ribbon and then have clipped the chain onto the thin ribbon. There is no need to fix the chain somewhere else it just hangs loosely down the snail's shell. 

Cute Haba pacifier chains for your diaper animals.




Usually hats with little ears or feelers look very cute on the snail. If your hat does not have any feelers, you can also add two little (decorated) cloth pegs, giving your diapersnail a more whimsical look.   




Alternative with baby spoon feelers

diaper snail with spoon feelers

This is an alternative, if you do not want to use a baby hat for your diaper snail. Here I included a baby set consisting of a onesie, leggings and matching bib. I rolled the onesie into the snail's body and draped the pants together with the bib on top of the snail. It is important that you tightly knot the white ribbon behind the snail's head so you can stick the spoons down there. If the spoons are still too loose, additionally use some sticky tape to fix them behind the head. Also remember to include a ribbon into the inner diaper of the snail's shell and then tie the head on both sides to the snail's body (also see above: hat without straps). I used a fixing pin to add a little bow to the snails head, to make it look a bit more girly ;-)

The plain diaper snail below makes a really cute and easy baby shower decoration. It's made of diapers, 2 baby spoons and some ribbon only. More baby shower decoration ideas here.

plain diaper snail



If you have made a diaper snail, diaper animal, diaper bouquet or a diaper cake 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.



More cute diaper snails: photo gallery

Here are some more photos of pampers snail cakes.  

The one on the top right side has rolled diapers instead of the stacked version. If you prefer to roll the diapers, have a look at my diaper bouquet instructions, to learn how to do this. The size of the snail shell is approx. the same as for the diaper bouquet.

Diaper Snail With A Twist:

For these diaper snail cakes I have made a diaper cake base and have then placed a diaper snail (with spoon feelers) on top. The snail is fixed with 3 plastic baby spoons stuck into the base. One on each side and one at the back. So easy, and so cute both for girls and boys! 



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If you have made a diaper snail or any other diaper gift using my instructions, it would be great to see photos of your craft.


Please pay forward and post up to 4 photos at my Diaper Cake Gallery.


Also write something about it and tell us how you got along with the instructions, etc.!

Thanks so much. 



More cute snails:

'Life Is Good'  Diaper Snail

Neutral Diaper Snail



Mickey Mouse Diaper Snail



Christmas Diaper Snail

Twin Diaper Snails

identical diaper snails for baby girls