I made a 3-Tier Diaper Cake as a gift for a Baby Shower for some very special friends. I made it using the following items:
- Approximately 88 Huggies Diapers
- Various baby items, including travel baby set of Johnson's products, hand sanitizers, pacifiers, 10 pack of baby wash clothes and rubber duckies
- Wired Ribbon
- Cardboard base (preferably a circle)
- Glue gun
- Scrapbook papers
First, you need to construct the basic cake with diapers. Diapers are folded and placed into a twine (any color, because it is hidden by a decorative ribbon) that is tied. You neatly put as many folded diapers into the twine. Note: I did not rubberband any of the diapers to make my layers. Here is a photo of 2 completed cake tiers. For the top tier, I incorporated a baby washcloth after every 2 diapers (used a total of 8 in the top tier).
After the layers are completed, the fun begins. You can now glam up the cake with ribbon and baby gifts! For the top and bottom tiers, I used wired ribbon in yellow gingham (purchased as Costco) and then placed a rubber duckies ribbon (purchased as Michael's) on top of the yellow ribbon. The ribbons are adhered with a hot glue gun, the glue should dry fast enough that the diapers are not melted or damaged! I also used the rubber ducky ribbon as a simple tied knot on the Johnson's baby products that I put on the middle tier of the cake.
For the middle tier, I made a faux ribbon from scrapbook papers! I used a baby blue (Creative Memories) and a printed sheet (Me and My Big Ideas stack) on top. I used foam dots to prop/adhere the Johnson's baby products to the middle tier. For the "cake topper", I carefully arranged - with double sided tape - a packet of Johnson's hand and face wipes (the yellow packaging matched perfectly!), 2 washcloths and a rubber ducky. Please note that I put blue twine on the neck of every rubber ducky as a special touch for this baby boy diaper cake!
Here is a close up of the top and bottom tier ribbons:
Here is the cake as a work in progress:
After this point, I had to cut (very carefully) the cardboard base to remove the corner edges. I also opted to place the pacifiers into the middle tier decor scheme and just stuck them into diapers so they would be secure and not move around. I also decided I need to wrap the entire cake in cellophane to ensure safe transport to the baby shower and then to the baby's home!
So, here is the final product and some close ups:
Whew, it was a challenge - but in the end turned out nice and the baby shower guests were impressed with my craftiness. I was just happy to use my talents to give such a special gift.
Do you have any questions on this? If so, let me know. I tried my best to go step by step as I know that many crafters are seeking inspiration and also some good tips and instructions.
Note: This cake could easily be modified (again, look at my Pinterest Boards!) to be for a sweet baby girl ~ simply change the middle tier ribbon layer.
Happy Scrapping and Diaper Cake Making!