I hosted a baby shower recently and attempted my first diaper cake. If you’re a regular to this blog, you probably know how much I value presents with personal touch, the priceless gift of time that comes with that. “Cooking” a diaper cake seemed intimidating at the beginning. But I thought that this must be fun and it really was. Thanks to the free tutorial videos (don’t fall for those who ask you to pay for it) that psyched me that it’s doable in less than an hour. While I am not an expert in preparing diaper cakes, I’d like to share my first “baking” experience of this kind that it may encourage you to whip one in the future.
As it is, of course, a surprise to the soon-to-be-mommy, it pays to know what else she needs (in my friend’s case, she’s done with all the necessary shopping), her personality, and if she’s picky with baby stuff, so you can decide better what can be considered practical decors for the diaper cake. For this one, I needed the following:
64-piece newborn diapers
booties and baby figurine as toppers
thick and thin rubber bands
glue for crafting
round tray or any base (could be made of cardboard)
at least 2 kinds of ribbons (will be used to cover the rubber band lining)
stick-on crafty flowers
*you may use feeding bottles
1. Roll up the diaper and wrap it with rubber band.
2. Put around the baby shampoo the rolled diapers and wrap with thick rubber band.
3. After fitting the first layer with the base, proceed with the middle layer and use the baby oil as you work towards the third layer.
4. As an option, you may put in any of the layers the surprises (e.g. vouchers, toys, etc.).
5. Cover the rubber bands by ribbons. You may use thick ribbons to fully cover the bands and the diapers and to make it appear like a real cake. In my case, I preferred to play with different thin ribbons. Also, in anticipation that these can be utilized as scrapbook materials soon.
The photos that follow show how the diaper cake transformed as I added cutesy stuff little by little:
While the hearts were glued on the thicker ribbon, the other ribbon has the stitched style.
The green crafty pieces gave a good contrast to pink. Time to put on the toppers. You may also use bears and other toys, I opted for the (practical) booties.
Here’s how it looked from the other side. You can always position the not-so-perfect side at the back. Or put on other decors or items (otherwise known as concealers).
Then I remembered that I have cupcake wrappers that were tuned in with the colors, I put them around the cake and filled in the chocolates. It’s also a good idea to put real cupcakes around or tiny photo frames.
The baby shower was a success. Some of the guests scrutinized the anatomy of the diaper cake and our kittycat, Winello, was the most curious. 🙂