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How to Make a Diaper Cake

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I love the idea of a diaper cake. Unfortunately, I don't like the price they charge for them. So I put my creative juices to work and crafted my own. Making the cake allows you to personalize it to suit the mama–to–be.

To see how to make a diaper cake,


Supplies you will need:

  • Diapers (I try to find plain ones so the colors won't clash too much)
  • Tulle fabric
  • Ribbons (different sizes and colors)
  • Scissors
  • Tape (optional)
  • Cake platter
  • Cup (can help hold diapers in place)
  • Bottle
  • Candy
  • Extra doo-dads, like pacifiers, onesies, etc.

Check out the gallery below for a step–by–step how–to on making a diaper cake.


First, make a loop with the ribbon and tie a knot. You will start to place the folded diapers in the ring.

Next, fold the diapers and start placing them inside the looped ribbon.

Soon, you will start filling it up.

A cup in the center can help you shape the circle and fill out the edges.

Start your second layer.

When you take the cup out, you can fill the empty space with extra diapers.

Full diapered level.

Last loop is much smaller to top the cake.

Since the loop is smaller, you will have to fold the diaper three ways.

Using bamboo skewers or coffee stirrers can help keep the layers in place.

I found small pieces of silver and gold leather in the remnants at a fabric store. Cut out shapes and tape them on to the cake.

Close up of gold bottle.

Add pacifiers, onesies, aspirators and the like for extra decoration.

Close up of gold heart.

Close up of pacifier.

Instead of filling the top layer with diapers, put a candy filled bottle in the center.

Place the cake (ideally on a cake platter) on one yard of tulle.

Before wrapping it up.

Gather all of the edges and tie a bow at the top.

*For extra decor, buy some helium-filled balloons in the same colors and fill the room with the hovering pieces.

Join The Conversation
GibiWan GibiWan 9 years
I personally find it easier to fan the diapers than to roll them. I made six cakes as centerpieces in less than two hours using this method. Photobucket
foxgirlie04 foxgirlie04 9 years
I am sooo gonna try this!
sofi sofi 9 years
gypsyjewels- that is gorgeous. Fantastic job!!!
Sk8nBree Sk8nBree 9 years
This looks fantastic! I can't wait to try it out!
thuystarr thuystarr 9 years

i made this ysterday for a baby shower on saturday

thuystarr thuystarr 9 years
I just made my own diaper cake yesterday!! ha ha and it looks like we used the same diapers! the bottom layer is the same as my second layer

Moms Moms 9 years
Beautiful cake gypsysjewels!
GypsysJewels GypsysJewels 9 years
I made one for my sisters baby shower, everyone loved it Diaper Cake
babysugar babysugar 9 years
StepMom1, It depends on how big you want to make your cake. My cake ended up a pretty good size and I think I used about 70 in all - sizes 2 and 3. Good luck with it! I've made a few of these and they get easier with time. Only took me about 30 - 45 minutes to make this one.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
This looks great, perfect for a party!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I didn't know this sort of thing existed, but it's super cute!
Annika2494003 Annika2494003 9 years
So cute!!! I love it! Great colors too!
StepMom1 StepMom1 9 years
This looks SOOO CUTE,,, But how many diapers should I buy? How many go on the bottom, the middle layer and how many on the top?
jennytrauma jennytrauma 9 years
i wish i would of taken a picture of the one i made two years ago for my friend. this is definately going to be my permanent gift for every babyshower i go to. it takes some time but i really love doing it. maybe do it as a side job.
GirlC GirlC 9 years
This is great - thanks for the photos. I wish I had rec'd diapers at my shower. I seemed to get a lot of hats and the baby is coming at the end of April!
ineasley ineasley 9 years
I too have been seeing these at baby showers for the last few years. But I'm lazy so a gift off the registry will do for me!!!
glynislily glynislily 9 years
My sister and I have been doing this for years. They are actually really fun to make so I will never understand why people would run out and buy one already made. In my experience if you have a hard time with the diapers staying folded, NEVER use tape that will mess up the diapers. I use those clear outchless ponytale holders. They work wonders!
sofi sofi 9 years
What a fantastic centerpiece. If only I thought of this last year when I threw two baby showers...
angelik416 angelik416 9 years
You can also wrap onesies around the outside of the diaper to make it look like an actual cake. I've ordered cakes from this place when I didn't have time to make one. Both had been beautiful, and they let you "build" it yourself in terms of accessories:
celeb_obsessed25 celeb_obsessed25 9 years
I can't believe how popular these have become. We've (myself, mom and sis) have been making these for people for a few years now. I can't belive people actually sell these as well. It's a bit time consuming but it's definetly worth the time because people appreciate it in the end :)
Aimeelo Aimeelo 9 years
onesies work just as well for this too. My cousin had twins and we knew she was gonna need LOTS of them. So we made her a onesie cake.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
That is so cute. And what is the price of it?
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
This is simply awesome!! BTW gorgeous ring :)
Moms Moms 9 years
I'm going to do small ones as table center pieces for a shower I'm throwing. Such a great idea babysugar!
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 9 years
Ooo nice. might do this for next baby shower.
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