How to Make a Custom Diaper Cake

How to Make a Custom Diaper Cake

Posted by The Hair Bow Co. with Ricky's Heart on Apr 26th 2012

Contest is now closed. Congrats to Jen! She has been contacted directly.

This is going to be a bit photo and text heavy, but it is SO worth it!! This tutorial is from a friend of the company.


Erin & Jennifer were brainstorming ways to raise money for Erin's husband, Ricky. Ricky is a 34 year old in need of a heart transplant. While throwing ideas around, Erin and Jennifer came up with making and selling diaper cakes! They have provided us with the following tutorial.

These are no ordinary diaper cake, friends. These are super cute, custom, and stuffed with goodies for the mom-to-be!

diy custom diaper cake

Your first step is to gather all of your cake-making ingredients:

{20} Size 3 Diapers

{15} Size 2 Diapers
{10} Size 1 Diapers

{1} Bottle

{1} Baby Toiletry Pack
{1} 14" Round Cake Board
{3} Rubber Bands
Ribbon
Tulle or Fabric to Cover Cake Board

{1} Butterfly or Fairy Wings
{1} Tutu

{2+} Crochet Headbands
{2+} Flower Clips
{1} Topper of your Choice
{3} Round Cake Pans (10", 8", 6")
{1} Dow Rod
Hot Glue Gun

First, grab the 10" cake pan and size 3 diapers. Fan the diapers out and fill around the outside of the pan, this should take about 20 diapers. Make a hole in the center and place the bottle into the middle of the layer. Put a rubber band around the diapers to hold them together and once they are secure, remove them from the pan.

custom diaper cake

diy custom diaper cake

diy custom diaper cake

For the second layer, you'll use the 8" cake pan and size 2 diapers. Use the same technique to construct this layer, except leave a hole in the middle for the top of the bottle to fit in. Again, once your rubber band is secure, remove the diapers from the pan. You are now able to stack this layer on top of the bottom layer.

diy custom diaper cake

diy custom diaper cake

Now make the top layer with the 6" round pan and the size 1 diapers. Fill this pan as you did before, but do not leave a hole. This will be a tight fit and you'll need to fidget with it to make it work!

diy custom diaper cake

Your cake is made, now you get to decorate it!

Wrap each layer with ribbon. On this cake, we used a 2 1/2" wired ribbon, but any ribbon will work. Measure about 1-2 inches longer than each layer. Pull the ribbon tight around the diapers and glue. Be sure to glue the ribbon to the ribbon, not the diapers!! You'd like the diapers to still be usable when you gift them.

diy custom diaper cake

diy custom diaper cake

Open the tutu and lay it on top of the bottom layer. (It'll be between the bottom two layers.) Tuck the tutu around the bottle until it sticks out almost straight.

diy custom diaper cake

diy custom diaper cake

Carefully secure the layers with a dowel rod. Put it through the middle of the cake, making sure not to damage the tutu. Be sure the top is tucked down into the top layer so you can't see it

.

diy custom diaper cake

Wrap the crochet headbands around the ribbon on the top and middle layer.

diy custom diaper cake

Get the wings and wrap the straps around the top layer of the cake. You'll need to move the crochet headband down, and then move it back up to cover the straps.

diy custom diaper cake

diy custom diaper cake

Add flower clips to the crochet headbands. You can use two on the front, or use several around the cake.

diy custom diaper cake

Add the topper. You can use anything: a toy, stuffed animal, tiara, etc. We used a pair of ballerina slippers, a 2.75" crochet headband, and a flower clip. We folded the headband and clipped the flower to it. Then we clipped the flower to the wings, centering the flower. Next, we added the shoes and secured it in place with some double sided tape.

diy custom diaper cake

diy custom diaper cake

Finally, move on to the cake board. You can decorate it however you'd like. Use fabric or tulle, paper or crinkled paper grass.

diy custom diaper cake

Place the cake on top of the board. As an added bonus, we like to add travel sized toiletries to the board. (You can see some baby wash peeking out on the final picture.) This is just so that mama gets a couple more gifts at her shower! Use a small dab of glue to secure each bottle to the board.

diy custom diaper cake

And there you have it! An amazingly cute and custom baby shower gift!

Isn't that fantastic? They did a wonderful job! And since I know you're all dying to try one out on your own, we're going to make that happen for one of you. One commenter will win a set of ingredients in the color scheme of their choice. The winnings will only include the items we sell, not the other parts.

Leave a comment to win:

3 Crochet Headbands

3 Flower Clips1 Butterfly Wings1 Tutu
1 Topper