Diaper Cakes 101
Ah, the diaper cake ... an impressive gift that turns out to be within anyone's capabilities. Oh yes, that means you!
You can go cloth or disposable — just ask mamma first — one tier or three tier, 50 diapers or 300 (gulp!) diapers. The basics? Diapers, a display tray or cardboard round, lots and lots of rubber bands and some time!
After that, it's all about the fun stuff: beautiful ribbon, fun little gifts, and astounding the world with your boundless creativity and skill.
Read on, and watch one or two of the brilliant little how-to videos below, and you'll find yourself an expert in the time it takes to sip a cup of coffee.
Diaper Cake Themes
Once you've built the basics, it's great fun to design your cake around a theme. Here are some popular ones that grace baby showers all across the land:
Lion cubs, elephants, giraffes, baby duckies, rocking horses and teddies; frogs, monkeys, lambs, baby cows, baseballs and baby bees; bunnies, butterflies, kittens, ladybugs and ballerinas.
The Indispensable "How to Make a Diaper Cake" video
Don't waste another minute scratching your head and trying to follow arcane text directions on a project this complicated. (Most of the articles don't even have photos!)
Instead, kick back and watch this great video that shows a simple 'candlestick' method for making a diaper cake that looks like a pro did it. From exactly how to roll the diapers (a great trick: use clear rubber bands!) to really setting off the final project, it's all covered here!
Decorating Your Diaper Cake
There's no end of ingenuity when it comes to taking a diaper cake from good to great. Here are some popular ways to add zing to your creation:
- Beloved books, like Dr. Seuss or Goodnight Moon: stack between layers!
- Waterfall of silk flowers (just like the fanciest wedding cakes).
- "Mod Mom" ribbon: poppy, geometric ribbons with pink and brown polka dots, for example.
- Small stuffed animals: tucked into layers or tied to the sides.
- Booties, bibs, receiving blankets.
- Pacifiers, teething rings, rattles, and socks (turn baby socks into sock roses: learn how below!).
- Wooden monogram letters
As for toppers, some beloved choices include:
- Baby lotion or shampoos, tied with a pretty sheer ribbon
- Baby bottles filled with sweet treats for Mom
- Small stuffed animal, like a teddy or frog
- Wooden spoon with a "Baby on Board" sign attached
For the final touch? Raise your creation on a cake stand, and surround with a ring of favors for your guests!
Pigs and Nappies and Diaper Cakes, Oh My!
Don't let a a little Kiwi color throw you off; this ultra-creative New Zealander shows how to 'bake' up a kickin' three tier cake after only having seen them on the internet!
She's a natural, though, and she shows just how to create a smooth-edged, superb-looking cake in which every single item's a practical gift for Mom. Bonus? Learn how to make roses out of baby socks, "candles" out of face towels, and a super-clever use for a wooden spoon!
Diaper Cake Poems
Many triumphant diaper cake designers want to tack on a little poem that helps explain the intricacies of their creation, or at least point out the highlights. Here are a few widely-used ones:
By Laura Kaye
1) Here's a special gift I made just for you.
I didn't have to sew or even use glue,
It's filled with lots of things you see,
But most of all with love from me!
2) Here's a cake for your special day,
Because the stork is on her way.
It's filled with lots of things for you,
On the outside, and inside, too.
Place them in your diaper bag,
So all the necessities you will have.
For the big day soon will come,
When you can show off your little one!
6 Cloth Diapers, you can wash every day
6 More Diapers, you can throw away
Fold in 1 bib, in case baby should dribble
Add in 4 socks, to cover toes as they wiggle
Fold in 1 shirt (onsie), to keep in the heat
Bind with 4 pins, to keep the cake neat
Here is a cake made with love,
though I wouldn't call it yummy.
For the ingredients used go on the baby,
not inside your tummy.
Flour, sugar, milk, and eggs
will make a cake so sweet,
But diapers, booties, and baby socks
will make a handy treat.
Diaper Cake Trivia
Q) Who did that famous diaper cake that Carrie brought for Miranda's baby shower on Sex & The City?
A) BabyCakes, a successful small business run by mom-preneur Charlotte Fawkes out of Denver, Colorado.
Oh, the Places You'll Go (When Planning a Baby Shower!)
- Baby Shower Favors
Baby showers aren't what they used to be - they're better! Whether your Mom style's preppy, pop star or somewhere in between, here are the favors to rock it.
- Hip & Modern Baby Shower Invitations
These adorable designs from TinyPrints are sure to impress all your hipster mom friends!
- Google Images: Baby Shower Diaper Cakes
Need more, more, more cake photos? Try Google Image's nearly inexhaustible supply of creative designs for diaper cakes!
genesis71 on December 27, 2012:
Nice and creative baby gifts ! These are original and different, im sure all mothers will like them !
agoofyidea on October 15, 2011:
I'm not sure mine would look as good as these, but it is such a clever idea. Great lens.
woody-woodworker on February 25, 2010:
cool stuff! My best selling items are diaper cakes. It is time I created some designs myself! I do everything else :-)
MakeDiaperCakes on January 18, 2010:
Wow, those are really nice and beautiful diaper cakes.
Thanks for sharing with us.
I personally owned a blog talking about diaper cake instructions too, http://makediapercakes.com/
Therefore, I know about making diaper cakes as well. Sometimes it really needs to have a lot of determination and creativity to make it. However, once you knew how to make it, you can make it fast and decorate it beautifully.
All the best!
biglnet on December 10, 2009:
Diaper cakes. This is a great idea.
Lee Hansen from Vermont on June 05, 2009:
So that's how they do that ... I love these diaper cakes (making one with cloth diapers this fall).
DiaperLady on April 16, 2009:
Nice lens. I loved the poem!
How To Make A Diaper Cake
anonymous on February 09, 2009:
these are so great. who knew diapers could be so cute and interesting
herbie66 on December 14, 2008:
Welcome to the 'Pregnancy and Baby' Group
5 stars for your great lens! Love the great pictures!
lilbabycakes on October 08, 2008:
Great lens, keep up the good work!
Lil-Baby-Cakes on August 28, 2008:
What a great lens. The baby diaper cake poem is adorable. Thank you!
Pamela2Heaven on August 17, 2008:
I love making them. You have some really cute ones here.
herbie66 on June 12, 2008:
Great ideas here, love the creativity! Your lens would be a great addition to the 'Pregnancy and Baby' Group
Feel free to add it anytime!
anonymous on March 13, 2008:
This was an awesome site. I will send all my pregnant friends here...well, their friends/relatives...for the most wonderful ideas and instructions. Can't thank you enough!
Jerseytomato on January 15, 2008:
I make diaper cakes for every shower I go too and they are always the talk of the shower. I love doing it too. It is so fun picking out all the stuff to decorate it. Great job on your page!