Monday, May 3, 2010

3 Tiered Diaper Cake Tutorial


This is the 4th cake that I have made or assisted in making myself. I received one of these when I was pregnant with the little twins. It was such a fabulous gift to receive. I made my first one 2 years ago. They tend to be a bit expensive, this one I'm showing cost about $75.00. I'm including all of the supplies in this price. I don't have to buy pins and a cake base every time, but if it's your first cake you will need to buy these things.

List of supplies you will need (items in this cake will be in parentheses):

  • Size 2 Diapers: about 75 to 100 depending on thickness and how many other items you will include in the cake. (90 size 2 diapers)

  • Small elastic bands. (90 small clear bands)

  • Onesies, jammies, bibs, blankets, socks, hats etc, for the inside of the tiers. (6 Onesies, 5 bibs, 3 hats, 1 pants, 1 receiving blanket, 2 binkies w/ holders)

  • A toy for the top (I usually use a musical toy that ties in the crib)

  • Receiving blankets for the "icing" to wrap each tier. You can also use a fleece blanket. (3, one for each tier)

  • Ribbon to match, I recommend wire ribbon for the largest bows, it looks nicer. (I used 6 different colors, with 3 being wire.

  • Very small thin ribbon to tie around the diapers to keep them secure. I've tried dental floss and fishing line, but ribbon works the best.

  • T Pins (I used less than one box approx 28)

  • Round or square cardboard base. (I used a cake base. I bought a set of 6 at Michaels)

This cake is for a shower for a baby boy.

 Begin by rolling your diapers and putting an elastic band around them to hold them tight. I like to roll them form top where the picture is, toward the bottom.

This is a photo of all of the supplies used in this cake, excluding the diapers


Roll and band all of the items you want to place inside the layers. Use a rolled diaper to gauge the size
Decide which items will go in the middle of the tier. The more items you place in the middle, the less diapers you will use. I have here, a receiving blanket, and several oneseis and bibs. Tie the circle of clothing items with the small ribbon.
Next, put a circle layer of diapers around the middle and tie that together with small ribbon.
Continue adding layers around until it's about as large as your base or as large as you'd like. Tie each separate layer with the small ribbon. This has 3 layers of diapers around.

Use one of your receiving blankets to cover the diapers and pin it into the diapers using the T Pins, and then flip it over. (look down at the 2nd tier to get a better idea of how to pin it)

Wrap a large wire ribbon around this layer, for the bow.

I added a smaller non-wire ribbon to tie around the large ribbon.

Follow the same guideline for the second layer. This tier should be slightly smaller than the bottom tier. I used the hats, a couple bibs and one or two onesies in the center. There are 2 layers of diapers around.

Wrap the middle tier in another receiving blanket and pin it closed. Then flip over. Try to keep it as flat as possible on the bottom so it doesn't teeter.

Wrap the middle tier with ribbon and make a bow.

I also used 2 different ribbons for the middle tier, but this time I only tied a bow with the non wired ribbon. I pinned the fatter wire ribbon closed in the back.

Make the final tier. I also used 2 layers of diapers (not shown) for this tier. I used one small outfit in the middle. The top tier should be slightly smaller than the middle tier.

The top tier is usually the most difficult to wrap, due to it being so small. I have found that the easiest way is to fold the receiving blanket into thirds, depending on the height of the diapers. Try to leave a few inches at the top and bottom. I like to use a blanket with a character and make it directly in the front.
Roll the blanket around the diaper layers and pin closed. Then you will pin the top and bottom. It's okay if it doesn't cover all of the inside, you will be putting the toy on top.

Tie a smaller ribbon around the bottom of the tier just under the character. Notice the orange ribbon under the tier going from left to right? This is to attach the toy to the top.

Attach the toy to the top by tying it on with ribbon. I also used another color of wire ribbon to give him a bow.

Finally, hang a couple of pacifiers/binkies from binkie holders.

I don't attach the tiers to each other. It's easier to transport them with the tiers separate. Also, it's nice to include a card with the size diapers used and also mention that there are clothes inside and the size of those. The receiving mom will most likely want to wait to the last minute to disassemble the cake. By knowing the sizes she can determine when her baby will need them.

Here is the final product.


This was my first one, and it was a unisex shower.

This was for a shower for a baby girl. Sorry the top is cut off.

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