Sunday, April 10, 2011

Craft Tutorial: How to Make a Diaper Cake

A diaper cake is a great homemade baby shower gift that doubles as a baby shower decoration.  This diaper cake was for my friend's baby girl with a brown and pink nursery, but a diaper cake can be easily personalized to fit either gender and any taste.

Supplies for Diaper Cake:
1 large package size 1 diapers (at least 60, Pampers Swaddlers are recommended - because they are white and because they are the best)
Bag of rubber bands, assorted sizes (or about 60 small, 6 large)
Empty paper towel roll
Cake plate or circle of cardboard
Ribbon at least 1 in. wide to go around each layer
Tape or adhesive for ribbon
Decorations for diaper cake (Mine: cluster hat, headbands, washcloths, toy, a pair of booties.  Other ideas: pacifiers, rattles, toys that go with the theme of the cake.)

Instructions for Diaper Cake:

1. Roll and rubber band about 60 diapers.  With the picture facing up, roll in with the white back on the outside.  Rubber band in the middle.  Try to keep the sides even so that the cake will be nice and flat.

2. Bottom, 3-Ring Layer: Stand the paper towel roll on a flat surface.  Place a large rubber band around the paper towel roll.

Start putting diapers around the paper towel roll with the seam to the inside, touching the roll.  As you start to get too many diapers to hold with your hand, the rubber band will start to hold them.  The inside ring will take 6 or 7 diapers.

Put a second large rubber band around the inside ring.

Start putting diapers inside the second rubber band, with seams touching the first ring.

The second ring will take 12 or 13 diapers.  When you finish the second ring, wrap another large (the skinniest, biggest one you have) rubber band around it.

Put 18 or 20 diapers inside the rubber band, creating the third ring.

3. Middle, Two-Ring Layer: Set a rubber band around the paper towel roll, on top of the first layer.

Put 6 or 7 diapers inside the rubber band for the inside ring of the second layer.

Add a second rubber band around the inside ring, and put 12 or 13 diapers inside it, to create the outside ring of the second layer.

4. Top layer: Roll up a diaper and stuff it inside the top of the paper towel roll.

Put a rubber band around the remaining portion of the paper towel roll, and add 6 or 7 diapers inside it.  You have now made the layers of your diaper cake!

5. Cover your rubber bands with ribbon.  Either tie a bow in the front, or use a piece of double sided tape in the back.

6. Decorate!  Set the diaper cake decorations on the edges, or if they won't stay, tuck them into the diapers.

And there you have it!  You've made a diaper cake!

©2011 Alli Hyer, all rights reserved.  You may sell items you make with this pattern, but if you sell them online, you must link to this pattern.  You may not sell this pattern or claim it as your own.  You may publish or post a link to this pattern, but you may not publish or post this pattern in whole or in part.


  1. This is such a clever, simple way to make a diaper cake. I have never seen it done this way. The way I learned is much more complicated, and yet the finished product looks exactly the same. Thanks for saving me some time--I'm doing it your way next time! :0)

  2. Your cake is really lovely. I love the look of rolled up diaper better but they tend to take longer to make.

  3. I just tried making a diaper cake your way and it was so fast and simple to make. At first.I thought it tedious to individually roll every diaper but it went quicker than I thought. I used newborn size diapers so I thought they made the cake a bit shorter bit still as wide so plenty of room to decorate! Thank you for posting because I had absolutely no idea how to do this!!

  4. This was one of the easiest tutorials I've seen for this project. Your cake is beautiful!!! I can't wait to make mine. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Thanks you made it so simple for me. I love it and made mine in no time

  6. Thanks Alot, You made our day :)

  7. Thank you! This is perfect. I really appreciate you sharing!!

  8. sounds like an easier way to do it. thanks for the tutorial I'm going to give it a try

  9. OMG - this was so, so easy! And FAST! Highly recommend using these instructions as they are perfect!

  10. Thanks for sharing your instructions to make such a beautiful diaper cake for a baby shower. It makes not only a nice gift but a perfect piece of decoration for the party. I plan to make it this week for my son and daughter-in-law's baby shower next weekend.

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  12. Lynne in IndianapolisJuly 11, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    I had made one before but had forgotten how I did it. I love the easy instructions. I used size 5 on the bottom, 3s on the middle layer and 1s on the top with two rolled up onesies tied with ribbon on top and bows spaced around the outside for decorations. If it hadn't been the night before the party, I probably would have bought some other little toys or baby type miniatures to decorate with.

  13. Thank you for sharing!! I am so making this tomorrow! It's very beautiful and simple.

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  15. Thanks for sharing this clear, easy to follow tutorial! I just made one and it looks so great (though I'm not done decorating yet). Do you sell these or just do for friends and family? Wondering how much one would sell this for if doing orders for people?

    1. Looks like online people sell 3 tier diaper cakes with ribbon/toy decorations for $50-$70.

  16. Thank you so-o-o much for sharing your photos and "How-To's"!! They are precious, and I really appreciate your understandable, easy to follow directions. I plan to start on my first one for my niece's shower very soon--bless you bunches!!

  17. Knowing how to make a baby diaper cake is one great way to save money on baby shower gifts. These incredibly popular presents don't take too much time to make and can be as simple or as elaborate as you'd like.

  18. You made it fabulous!! I'm getting ready to share in the joy of my 15th grandchild and I dont see well, but now, I can join in the fun! Thank you!!

  19. You made it fabulous!! I'm getting ready to share in the joy of my 15th grandchild and I dont see well, but now, I can join in the fun! Thank you!!

  20. Thank you so much it was so easy to make and yours looks beautiful.

  21. Question, does anyone know what size cardboard cake holder itd need? I didnt measure the diameter across before decorating my cake and i really dont want to tear it apart:/ ooops my mistake!

  22. I am getting cardboard can measure across bottom width and get an estimate???

  23. Wow! this is a great tutorial. Thank you for sharing. This my fourth and easiest one so far.

  24. thank you for this tip, it was fun and easy to make.

  25. I'm gonna try making it for baby shower next month thanks

  26. Which size swaddlers did you use?

  27. Love your cake. Found it after I had made mine. I am trying to fiigure out how to attach my emblishments, ant thoughts. Can't tuck in & too big for the edge.