• Diaper Duty

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by in DIY Project Gallery, The Perfect Party

    Chole’s shower is almost here! I’m getting really excited and just about done with all my decorations. Everything is looking so stinkin’ cute! Have you ever seen a diaper cake? I know, the name alone doesn’t sound very appealing. Or appetizing…but a diaper cake can be a great addition to your party décor and double as a fantastic shower gift for the Mommy-to-be. Here are some step by step instructions on how I put together my delicious diaper cake!

    Supplies you’ll need to create a cake are: Diapers {I used Pampers Swaddlers in size 2}, Rubber Bands, Crinkle Cut Paper Shred, a Cake Board or Plate to present your cake on {optional} and items to decorate your cake with to match your party theme {such as: Ribbon, Scrapbook Paper, Hot Glue or Glue Dots, Buttons, Stickers etc.}

    You can make your cake two or three tiers, depending on preference. My 3 tiered cake took 65 diapers to make. Start by rolling each diaper and securing with a small rubber band. Be sure to roll the end with any cartoon/print inwards, so it won’t show on your finished cake.

    The top tier will have 7 diapers, the second tier will have 23 diapers and the third tier will have 35. You may have a few more or less in the larger tiers depending on how tight you roll the diapers. Or if your tier isn’t exactly round, you can add more until it’s the right shape. Arrange 7 rolled diapers and use a large rubber band around the outside of all 7 to secure them. Continue adding diapers around in a circle until you have 35. Then secure with another large rubber band around them all. This may require 2 sets of hands. Use this same method to create the middle tier and top tier.

    This is what each tier should look like.

    I used a 12″ cake board to display my cake on. This makes it easy to transport and move around at your party. You can use an actual cake plate or serving dish too. I found these cardboard circles at my local craft store in the baking section. You could totally make your own out of cardboard too if you didn’t want to spend the money! I traced around the cake board onto a piece of coordinating scrapbook paper, cut out my shape and adhered it to the cake board. Now my base will match the rest of the cake! You could even paint it if you wanted that look instead.

    Now it’s time to decorate it! I usually use ribbon to wrap around the layers of my cake, but I couldn’t find the right thing. So I improvised and used scrapbook paper. I cut 1.5″ x 12″ strips of paper and adhered them together end to end. For the large tier I used 3 strips, 2 and a half strips for the medium tier and 2 strips for the top tier. These are not exact amounts. I had to trim the excess off of each one when I secured them.

    Once you have your strips glued together, wrap the now one long strip around a cake layer, apply a small amount of hot glue or glue dots and secure the two ends. Making sure to pull it snuggly around the diapers. The paper or ribbon is not only meant for decoration, but hides the unsightly rubber bands. Whatever material you use, make sure it’s wide enough to cover them up.

    ***IMPORTANT*** Do not get any glue on the diapers! These are a gift to the new mommy and you want to be sure she can actually use them!!!

    Here’s all three tiers wrapped with the paper strips. Make sure to adjust your strips so they are even and centered. {Clearly they are not in this picture!}

    The most fun part of the cake is the crinkle paper shred I use in between layers. You can use any color and because of the cloth like texture on the diapers, it actually sticks pretty well to the cake. I started on the bottom tier and placed the shred mostly around the outside. Set your second tier on and repeat. Apply the third tier and cover with shred. I used this fun white and gold paper shred to add just a hint of metallic!

    For the topper I used the party invitation that says “you are my sunshine”. I glued this to a bamboo skewer I painted gold. On the middle tier I glued a mini pinwheel that I showed how to create in an earlier post. (if you missed it click here!) Then I used large mint colored buttons for the other layers. Not only are these super cute, but they cover up the seams of the paper strips! ***Again, use a small amount of hot glue or glue dots to avoid getting glue on the diapers!***

    Isn’t it darling??? This is such a fun gift for the Mommy-to-be. Not only is it a great present, but this now doubles as shower décor! This would make a great centerpiece on a table or mantle at the party. It can also be a quick and fun shower game when used to “guess how many diapers are in the cake?” I’ve even used this game as a tie breaker for other shower games.

    This is so much more fun than wrapping up a box of diapers, don’t you think?

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