11 Stunning DIY Diaper Cake Ideas To Decorate The Place

If your dear one is hosting a baby shower, a diaper cake can be the best gift you can present them. It is a creative way to gift diapers to newborn babies by arranging them like a cake. If you are looking for diaper cake ideas, reading this post can help you. Here we talk about making a diaper cake and sharing some of the best ideas for creating one.

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How to Make A Diaper Cake?

Diaper cakes are usually made in two ways: a rolled cake and a folded cake. They can be as small as two tiers or as large as five tiers. Collect all the required supplies before starting making your diaper cake. Diaper cakes can be customized to match the party’s theme by adding decorations such as ribbons, soft toys, bows, and more.

Rolled Diaper Cake

Here is how you can make a simple rolled diaper cake:

You will need:

  • 23 baby diapers (you may increase or decrease the number based on the size of the cake you have in mind)
  • Small rubber bands — 1 per diaper
  • Large rubber bands — 1 per diaper ring
  • A tall object (a finished tissue roll or a baby lotion bottle) to support the cake
  • Ribbons
  • Baby items such as booties, washcloths, stuffed animals, etc.
  • A cake stand or cardboard circle

How to make a rolled diaper cake:

  • Roll all the diapers and secure each with small rubber bands.
  • Once you finish rolling all the diapers, place the folded diapers around the tall object.
  • Wrap the larger rubber band around all the diapers.
  • Make another diaper layer on the top of the base layer, but, this time, reduce the number of diapers.
  • Repeat this until the central object is immersed in the layers.
  • You can use lace, fabric or thick ribbon to wrap around the layers of the cake. To bind the cake, start at the back of the cake, wrap around the layer and secure both the ends with tape or pin.
  • Stick the soft toy on top of the cake and place the ribbons at different places; you can also stick the booties, washcloths, etc.
  • You may place this cake on a cake stand
protip_icon Quick tip
Use a metal pizza pan, cake plate, or tiered cake stand to make a sturdy base for the diaper cake.

Folded Diaper Cake

Here is one of the easiest ways to make a diaper cake.

You will need:

  • 3 round containers in decreasing order of size.
  • 60 diapers
  • 3 large rubber bands
  • Ribbons
  • Washcloths, soft toys, nappies, etc., for decoration

How to make a folded diaper cake

Fun folded diaper cake ideas

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  • Stack a few diapers into the container (which has the depth to immerse half of the diapers) with the folded edges facing inwards, continue adding more diapers such that they form a circle and fill the entire container.
  • Tie all the diapers with a large rubber band.
  • Once you are sure the diapers are secure, remove them from the container.
  • Repeat the same with the other containers.
  • Stack the three diaper layers from the largest to the smallest and wrap ribbons around the rubber bands.
  • Now, decorate the cake using the washcloths, soft toys, etc.

protip_icon Point to consider
Disposable diapers are a common choice for making diaper cakes. However, you can swap them with cloth diapers if you prefer an eco-friendly option.

Now that you have learned the basics of making a diaper cake, let’s see some great diaper cake ideas from both the segments.

11 Stunning Diaper Cake Ideas

Here are some exciting ideas for a unique baby shower or creating a centerpiece at a baby shower.

1. Diaper cake idea for a baby girl

This is a perfect gift for a friend who is going to have a baby girl. Since pink is popularly related to girls, we have used the same. You may choose any other color as well for gifts.

Girly diaper cake ideas

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  • Make the base diaper cake by either folding or rolling the diapers.
  • Wrap pink color ribbons on each tier and make a large bow at the top tier.
  • You can also hide small washcloths, pacifiers, wipes, baby rattles here and there on all the tiers.
  • Stick a mini girl dress at the center of the cake to make it look more girly.
  • You can put bunnies, puppies and milk bottle stickers on wooden sticks and pop them at the center of the cake for adding more details.

2. Diaper cake for a baby boy

This is a simple yet useful gift for a new mother.

Boyish diaper cake ideas

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  • Make a three-tier diaper cake using the folding or the rolling method.
  • Wrap each tier with brown-colored paper ribbons that are wide enough to cover the whole tier.
  • Wrap blue and white satin ribbons around the paper alternately on each tier.
  • Make blue and brown bows and stick them at the center of each tier.
  • Make blue and white paper roses and stick them outside of the two lower tiers.
  • You can also replace these roses with small baby toys, washcloths, pacifiers, etc.
  • Place blue and white knitted booties on the top to finish off the look.
protip_icon Quick tip
Use colored-diapers with beautiful printed patterns to give a fun twist to your diaper cake.

3. Diaper cake for the centerpiece of a baby shower

If you are organizing a baby shower for your friend or family, you may want to have a diaper cake as the centerpiece.

Baby shower diaper cake ideas

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  • Make a three-tier folding diaper cake.
  • Now decorate the cake as per the theme (this is the idea for a baby boy’s baby shower).
  • Wrap around blue ribbons on all the tiers of the diaper cake.
  • Stick flowers or toy cars on the tiers.
  • You may alternate between baby products such as lotions, diaper rash creams, powders, etc.
  • On the top tier, use tiny shoes or teddy bears.
  • You can also hide objects such as pacifiers, rattles, teethers inside the rolled diapers as a surprise gift.

4. Hot air balloon diaper cake

Hot air balloon diaper cake

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This is a gender neutral diaper cake idea and is customizable into any theme.

  • Take a square piece of thick cardboard (or five to six pieces glued together) or a styrofoam sheet as a base. Cover it with white paper.
  • Roll the diapers and tie a satin ribbon around each (you may choose multicolor). Arrange them in a three-tier cake.
  • Use a paper balloon lantern for the balloon; the balloon size should be proportional to the base.
  • Use a wooden dowel and yarn pieces to place the paper lantern so that it looks like a hot air balloon.
  • You can also make paper buntings and heart-shaped decorations to hang around the cake.
  • Add satin bows and small soft toys to the cake and around the space left.

5. Gender reveal diaper cake idea

Gender reveal diaper cake idea

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Gender-revealing parties are the in-thing now. Try this diaper cake idea for such parties.

  • Here, you do not know whether it is a boy or girl, so pick blue and pink as they universally represent boy and girl.
  • Roll diapers and tie one blue and one pink satin ribbon to each. Make a two-tier diaper cake.
  • Alternatively, you can cover the tiers in pink and blue satin cloth or half of each tier with the two colors.
  • Cut out thin stripes of blue and pink satin ribbons and curl them using a spoon; stick these in a bunch at the top of each tier.
  • Place soft toys on top of the bottom and top tiers. You can also place tiny Mickey and Minnie Mouse soft toys.
  • You can also cut Mickey and Minnie’s faces out of black paper, paste pink or blue sheets, and stick them on the center of the cake.

6. Snail-shaped diaper cake

This will be a cute diaper cake.

Snail-shaped diaper cake ideas

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  • Divide the snail into parts and then work on each section.
  • The base: Roll individual diapers and secure each of them with rubber bands. Make a round base tier and secured it with strings.
  • The head: Use a slightly small container and make a tier using the folding diaper cake method.
  • The neck: Roll four diapers and arrange them in the form of a cube. Secure the whole setup with strings.
  • Wrap satin ribbons around the strings of all the parts. You can use green or yellow ribbons to make it bright.
  • Assemble the parts using glue on the base tier and add details such as the antenna.
  • If you have some extra place, then fill it with soft toys, washcloths, and baby products.

7. Small diaper cake idea

This idea is small yet has great detailing.

Easy and fun diaper cake ideas

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  • Make a two-tier diaper cake, take care that the second tier is smaller than the base tier, so that you will have additional space to add details.
  • Wrap each tier with a broad satin ribbon.
  • Decorate the bottom and the top of the cake with big pink flowers.
  • Place a few toy bugs and flowers here and there within the spaces.

8. Castle diaper cake

Castle diaper cake

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This diaper cake idea works for any gender.

  • Make a three-tier folding diaper cake and wrap blue satin ribbons around each tier. You can also write the baby’s name on the bottom or the middle ribbon.
  • Roll five diapers, wrap ribbons on each, place these diapers on either side of the tiers as well as on the top of the diaper cake.
  • Make blue color cones and flags out of craft paper, stick the flags on top of the cones using glue.
  • Now slide these cones on top of each of the 5 diapers to give the appearance of a castle tower.
  • You can add additional details and customize as per the gender of the baby.

9. Baby cradle diaper cake

Baby cradle diaper cake

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This is a unique diaper cake idea that can be made from scratch at home.

  • Take an empty shoe box and vertically glue its lid to the body on one side.
  • Stick colored paper inside and outside the shoe box, wrap it with baby cloth, and secure the ends. Add laces of your choice around the box.
  • Cover wires with felt and roll them into wheels. Use styrofoam balls and toothpicks for spokes.
  • Add a baby blanket to cover the bottom of the shoe box, and stuff as many diapers as you can inside
  • If you have any space inside the cradle, fill it with baby toys.

10. Baby wreath diaper cake idea

Baby wreath diaper cake idea

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This can be hung on the door as a welcome gesture for the new mommy and her little one.

  • Measure the diameter you want your wreath to be and cut out a cardboard circle.
  • Make two sets of rolled diapers. One set with two diapers in one roll and the other with rolled single diapers. Use clear elastic to hold each roll.
  • Wrap satin ribbons around each of the rubber bands.
  • Now, use double tape to stick diapers in two concentric circles along the perimeter of the cardboard circle.
  • Add satin bows and decorative twigs all along the wreath, placing them between the two rows.
  • Poke a hole at one end and tie a ribbon or string to hang the wreath.

11. Woodland diaper cake

Woodland diaper cake

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You can easily make this piece of art with a few soft animal toys and miniature greenery.

  • Roll diapers and hold each roll in place with clear elastic.
  • Cut out a circular base from thick cardboard
  • Make a three-tier folding diaper cake and wrap three-inch brown satin ribbons around each tier. Tie a bow in the front of each tier.
  • Take corrugated cardboard and peel the corrugated side. Cut a four-inch thick band long enough to go around the middle tier.
  • Fold this band in half lengthwise and make equidistant half-inch slits.
  • Wrap it around the middle tier and stick the ends with tape.
  • Take artificial leaves, twigs, and pine cones and decorate the cake.
  • Place an animal soft toy on the top and the third tier.
  • You may stick two bigger-sized animal soft toys on the sides of the cake with the help of double-sided tape.
Diaper cake ideas_illustration

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What can I use for the base of the diaper cake?

It may be beneficial to use cardboard, a cake stand, a slice of wood, or a strong tray as the base of your cake.

2. What diapers are best for diaper cakes?

You may use any diaper for a diaper cake. However, it may be wise to choose diapers a size larger than what the baby may need or diapers of various sizes so they can be used for a long time. In addition, you may choose diapers with specific colors or patterns to match your design and theme idea.

3. How do you transport a diaper cake to a baby shower or party?

To transport a diaper cake to a baby shower or party, secure it with ribbons or plastic wrap to keep it intact. Place it on a sturdy surface in a box or bag to prevent any damage during transportation.

4. Can you personalize a diaper cake for a specific baby shower theme?

Yes, you can add photographs of the baby’s parents, close family members, and the ultrasound image of the baby to make it personalized. You can also add pink or blue if the baby’s gender is known. You can add trinkets that depict the parent’s profession, preferences, and story.

5. What alternative items can be used instead of diapers in a diaper cake?

Alternative items that can be used instead of diapers in a diaper cake include baby clothes, washcloths, burp cloths, blankets, and plush toys.

6. What common mistakes to avoid when making a diaper cake?

Some common mistakes to avoid when making a diaper cake are using too small or too large diapers, not securing the layers properly, not hiding rubber bands or ribbons, using too many or too few diapers, and not adding enough decorative elements for stability and aesthetics.

If you’re looking for a unique gift for a friend’s or family’s baby shower, diaper cakes can be the perfect solution. You can give them a diaper cake, which can be prepared as a rolled or folded cake and ornamented with ribbons, soft toys, bows, and other items. You may even add a diaper bag with the gift. Our list of exciting diaper cake ideas, including a gender-specific diaper cake for a baby and ideas to make it a centerpiece design, can help you customize the design of a diaper cake for a gender reveal party. We hope these ideas have piqued your interest in making one.

Infographic: Stunning Diaper Cake Ideas

Thinking of an appropriate and budget-friendly gift for your dear one’s baby shower? We have the answer for you right here. In the following infographic, we have listed ways in which you can make an attractive diaper cake and gift it at the baby shower. Read on and note the steps, so you know how to make it the right way.

how to make a diaper cake row (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

Key Pointers

  • A diaper cake made by rolling or folding diapers can be one of the cutest decorations at a baby shower party.
  • Options like hot-air balloon diaper cake, baby cradle diaper cake, and woodland diaper cake are some in-trend choices.
  • For those who don’t want to spend a lot on diapers, a small diaper cake with a few ribbons and flowers can do the trick.
  • Also, to personalize the cake according to gender, you can add stuffed animals and colored Styrofoam balls.

Craft your own DIY Train Diaper Cake and make your baby shower truly special! Watch this video tutorial for a delightful and cost-effective centerpiece idea with simple steps.

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