DIY: Diaper Cake

We love baby showers!!! Why?! Because baby showers mean a baby is on the way! YAHOO! We always aim to create themed gifts (look for a post coming soon!) so when we had a Harry Potter themed baby shower to attend, we knew we wanted to do something big!
Cue- the diaper cake!!!

Here’s what you need:
Rubber Bands
Toilet Paper Rolls
Shredded Paper Filler
Themed Goodies!

*We used a 36 count of newborn and a 100 count box of size one to achieve four tiers*

First things first, you start with the diapers. It is a good idea to determine the approximate circumference you’re shooting for in each tier. To make this easier, you can measure and cut out cardboard circles to use as a guide or you can just keep adding diapers until each tier reaches your desired size.

All of the tutorials we had seen said to roll each diaper and rubber band them individually. Diaper cakes we had been gifted were made this way, but it was time consuming to unroll all of those diapers! So we chose a different route and found that it came together much more quickly and easily!

Diaper cake how to Assemble a Diaper Cake

We stumbled across this new way to make the tiers.  You start off by laying the diapers down in an overlapping fashion and then using a toilet or paper towel roll, you simply just roll them up!  Once you have the biggest roll you can manage with your hands, place a rubber band around the entire thing.  If you then need to make the tier larger, you can add diapers, in an overlap, around the outside by tucking them in the rubber band.

Once all of your tiers are done you will need to stack them.  We suggest that you use some sort of support in the middle, whether that is a poster roll, a dowel, paper towel rolls, something that allows for stability.

After that comes the fun part –  decorating it! We had a Harry Potter theme to work with so we chose colors and trinkets to match. We wrapped each tier in red and yellow ribbon and in between the tiers we put black and white shredded paper filler. You can find this filler at any craft store, dollar store or Target.

We then added some more trinkets for extra fun. 🙂 We cut out black felt glasses and a yellow lightening bolt scar to put on the top tier. For the second and third tier we printed out the baby’s nickname in Harry Potter font and taped it on. The final touches were homemade pacifier clips and a snowy white owl to top it off!

It was a hit at the shower! It even got a special mention by the hostess! And we think it is adorable!


Are you a diaper cake pro or newbie? Share with us how yours have turned out in the comments!

Sherrie & Emily


0 thoughts on “DIY: Diaper Cake

  1. karyld2016 says:

    This is such a fun, and very practical idea! I’ve seen them online, but didn’t realize they were so easy to make.

  2. maryjane says:

    This is such a great tutorial! I would like to make one of these as a gift in the next few months..and these instructions are wonderful. Thank you! Cheers, Mary Jane

  3. perroneregmailcom says:

    That is awsome, I have always wanted to know how to make those. I have thorwn a couple showers and stayed away from these because I could never really find a way to put them together. This looks super easy and fun!!!

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