Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Littlemisstomato is one super crafty momma! You may remember that she threw a baby shower for her friends Lisa & Eubin that featured the adorable diaper cake below. Littlemisstomato is back sharing how she creates her diaper cakes!
When I made my first diaper cake, I found lots of tutorials using a baby bottle or bottle of champagne in the middle, rolling up the individual diapers and just adding on lots of miscellaneous items that I didn't know if parents actually wanted (besides champagne maybe ).
I also thought a lot of them looked tacky and overdone, so I ended up making all the baby shower diaper cakes another way this year. I took these photos while making Baby Ari's diaper cake (large size):
- cake stand (re-usable & can be trimmed with matching ribbon) or cardboard cut into a circle for transporting cake
- double sided tape
- size 1 & newborn diapers
- optional: receiving blanket to decorate/wrap around cake layer
Arranging the Diapers
Instead of rolling each diaper & tying with elastic, I like to just fold it in half. I feel like once the mom-to-be uses the diaper, or puts them away, it's easy for her to unfold once, and there are no elastics to deal with. When folding, I like to show only the white side to make it easier when decorating later on. I also use a large piece of twine to keep the folded diapers in place since they are basically loose.
Just keep filling the diapers inside the twine until you reach your desired base size. Then tie the twine securely to keep the diapers in place. If it's a very large base layer, fill in with another layer of folded diapers. In the very center, you can use 1 rolled up diaper if you want to make sure the whole layer is filled, but it's fine without it too.
Keep repeating the twine/folded diaper for each layer, making them smaller/larger to scale. I like to have 3 layers.
Decorating & Toppers
Once the layers are done, you can decorate with coordinated ribbons. In Ari's pink diaper cake below, I used a receiving blanket to cover the middle layer then trimmed with ribbon. You can also use chip board letters (from Michaels or other craft store) for the baby initial.
In Sandy's diaper cake (below), I made the toppers from baby animal stickers that I attached to little skewers.
Lately, I've been using baby shoes if I find colors that match. Also, I like to put a circle of scrap booking paper on the very top layer so you don't see the folded diapers underneath.
Have you ever tried to make a diaper cake? What are some of your favorite baby shower decor ideas?
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