Make your own diaper cake!

Diaper cakes are becoming very popular because they are creative, original and practical gifts. A diaper cake could also function as a fabulous centerpiece for a baby shower and be decorated to match any theme. The pictures below are my first attempts to do diaper cakes for friends. It was surprisingly easy to make and I want to share this tutorial.

Things you need:
• A little bit of creative flair and time
• One pack of white diapers (Approximately 68 for a 3 tier cake)
• Rubber bands
• Receiving blankets (3 for a 3 tier cake) or scrapbook paper
• Cardboard large enough for the base
• Baby bottle
• Fabric glue
• Adhesive tape or double sided sticky tape or glue dots
• Colourful ribbons and bows
• Tissue paper
• Cake decorations: wooden characters, letters, flowers, feathers,etc.
• Netting or cellophane
Step 1: Select a colour scheme or a theme for your diaper cake
Before you start assembling the cake, you need to have a clear idea of what you want to do- is there a particular party theme that you want to follow, is there a specific colour scheme that you want to work with? Still not sure - click
here to view this wonderful gallery of diaper cakes that hopefully will inspire you.
Step 2: Building the cake - one tier at a time
Take the cardboard base (or the cake platter) and place a large bottle of baby lotion in the centre. I personally used three different sizes of pans to shape the layers.Then place about 30 diapers around the bottle and put a large rubber band around the entire ring of diapers. There are two ways of rolling up the diapers:
1. To form the top of the diaper cake, roll up a diaper, starting at the 'open' top end. Wrap a rubber band around the rolled diaper to stop it from unrolling.
2. An alternative to rolling up each diaper is to place the diapers side-by-side and form a rolling circle.

Repeat this with the second and top layers. The top layer will only be 1 circle of diapers. If you don’t want your diapers to be visible, you can wrap each layer with tissue paper.
Step 3: Decorate
This is the fun part. Wrap each layer with a receiving blanket and secure with adhesive tape. Wrap each layer with a ribbon. I used two different sizes of ribbon that I glued together.

The top is the centerpiece. There are many items that you could choose for the top. I personally chose feathers and butterflies. You can place a toy, flowers, or a baby bottle. You can also hide gifts and place them in the centre of each layer to keep the cake steady (i.e.: pacifiers, washcloths, onesies, mittens, socks and other baby supplies)

If a budget is an issue, you can do one layer of cake and use a cake stand or a box or do washcloth cupcakes.

For those who wish to see the video tutorial, click here.

Here are some fabulous diaper cakes for your inspiration.

Sourcing: Cake 1, Cake 2, Cake 3


  1. I just have to tell you that your diaper cake is just adorable!

  2. I love the diaper cake,when my daughters decide to have a family this is the cake I want for their baby shower.And if it is A boy we will just have to rearrange the colors a little bit.Terribly cute and I love it,and will be the proud G'ma one day and will be preparing these things and I promise to the world and my self this cake WILL BE THERE...True Talent in that cake !!

  3. Thanks you for your lovely comments, everyone.