How to Make a Diaper Cake For Baby Showers

Creating a Centerpiece or Gift for the New Mom

Diaper cake at baby shower
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The next time you're hosting a baby shower, create a baby shower centerpiece that also doubles as a highly appreciated gift for the mom-to-be. Making a diaper cake will take less time to put together than an edible cake, and it will stay fresh until the new baby arrives! You can also have as much fun decorating this cake as you would with a baked one. While cute baby animal gifts elicit cooing as standalone gifts, perching one on top of a diaper cake will look even cuter sitting in the nursery.

Follow along with this simple tutorial. Even if you've never turned on an oven in your life, you'll find a diaper cake is as easy as pie!

Diaper Cake Supplies

Here are the necessary supplies to get started making your diaper cake centerpiece:

  • Approximately 50 medium-size disposable diapers. The cake in this tutorial uses 48 diapers, but since diaper brands vary in size, it's good to have a few extra on hand. You can always give the extras to the mom-to-be in a separate package.
  • A large platter on which to build the cake (a 16" disposable cardboard platter sold in a party store works well)
  • About 70 feet of narrow ribbon for tying the rolled diapers (1 ft. per diaper) and tying together the tiers.
  • Approximately 8 feet of 1" wide ribbon for finishing the tiers.
  • One tall baby bottle.
  • Small candies to fill the baby bottle.
  • Adhesive tape.
  • Assorted baby necessities such as pacifiers, teething rings, combs, brushes, rattles, bibs, etc.

    Step 1: Roll the Diapers

    This first step is the most time-consuming part of this project:

    • Cut 48 feet of the narrow ribbon into one-foot lengths.
    • Decide whether you want the printed decoration on the diaper to show on the cake. If you do, roll each diaper from the fold outwards, keeping the decoration on the outside. If not, roll with the decoration on the inside.
    • Tie each rolled diaper with a length of narrow ribbon.

    Step 2: Assemble the Tiers

    Create three tiers for this diaper cake; you'll need an extra pair of hands to help you hold things together as you tie.​

    Begin with the top tier.

    • Fill the baby bottle with the candy. Stand five or six diapers around the bottle and tie them tightly with a length of narrow ribbon.
    • Create the second tier with approximately 15 diapers. Once again, tie tightly together with the narrow ribbon.
    • Create the third and largest tier using approximately 27 diapers. To make the tying simpler, first tie an inner circle of diapers together. Then stand the final row of diapers around this circle and tie once again.

    Step 3: Decorate the Cake

    You've arrived at the fun part!​

    • Place the largest cake tier on the platter. Using several pieces of adhesive tape on the underside of the diapers, tack them to the platter. Don't use so much tape that the diapers will tear when the mother disassembles it.
    • Place the second tier on top of the base and attach with tape to the lower tier.
    • Place the smallest tier on top and attach as you did the other tiers.
    • Tuck the various baby accessories inside the ribbon, all around the cake. Make sure they fit snugly and tie with more ribbon if necessary to keep them from falling off.
    • Finish the cake with the one-inch ribbon wrapped around each tier to help secure the accessories and provide a finishing touch.
    • Decorate the cake to match the theme of the baby shower, whether it's teddy bears, unicorns, bubbles, etc. You can make it look like a cake for a baby girl with lots of pink accessories and toys. If the parents don't know or haven't shared the baby's gender, decorate using lots of soft pastels which are classic baby colors. Consider bolder colors which some parents may like for the nursery.