How To Make A Diaper Snail

such a cute baby gift!

A diaper snail makes a cute homemade baby gift. Why not try it out for your next baby shower? It is really easy to make.

A plain diaper snail with just some ribbon and two spoons also makes a great baby shower decoration.  

Make it more lavish by adding a cute baby hat and some cuddly toy or a pacifier chain and/or roll a onesie into the snail's house. That will make 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!   


so sweet for a girl baby shower!



What You Need To Make A Diaper Snail

  • 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, alternatively 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:

made these two cuties for twin girls :-)

Diaper Snail Instructions

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 as shown here.

Take a piece of thin ribbon (approx. 25 inches long). A white ribbon is best - you can see green one here. Roll a diaper around the ribbon so the ends stick out at the side. Then roll a second and third diaper around. Stick the roll inside the hole. If you think you need to add another diaper because the whole is too bid still, do so. 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 - don't forget to include the piece of ribbon, though! 

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 or simply tie a knot- the spot where you knot or 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. 

So that's the snail house, let's move to the head now.

So for the head again take approx. 25 of thin ribbon and roll a diaper around. 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. You'll really need to try out when the hat fits best. Fix the last diaper with scotch tape. This spot will be hidden under the hat, so use the tape generously if necessary. 

Next thing is to 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. If the hat has straps you can tie them beneath the head or als at the back of the head. That's also a thing to try out and see how it best  works for you.

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! :-)

Now take the ribbon sticking out of the diaper head and tie it on both sides with the ribbon sticking out the snail shell. Make sure, you tie them not too tight but also not too loose.  Curl the ends of your ribbons to make it look more whimsical. 

see the ribbon tied between the head and the house
pipe cleaner mouth

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 usually is very easy to attach since it has a clip you can just clip onto the ribbon. I also often tie a thin ribbon around the broad ribbon and then can clip or tie things there. This is also something you have to play with. Tiny cloth pegs can also be used to attach things on top, it just depends on what you want to fix. If you make a girl snail, girly hairpins are cute to fix your item(s), too. 

Check out these two photos:




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) clothes pins, giving your diapersnail a more whimsical look.   

hat with feelers
pegs as feelers




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 pampers snail. Here I included a baby set consisting of a onesie, leggings and matching bib. I have 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. 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



Diaper Snails Photo Gallery

Here are some more photos of pampers snail cakes. Over the time I have made and sold a variety of them, using different techniques, different hats and different toys and baby items to fix on top. No two snails are the same, they are all unique!  

with hearts hat
suitable for girl or boy
my first Christmas diaper snail
personalized for girl

Large Diaper Snail Cakes

girl diaper snail cake
boy diaper snail cake

These are diaper snails with a twist: For these diaper cakes I have made a diaper cake base and have then placed diaper snails with spoon feelers on top. The snail are 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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