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Perfect Gift Idea for Expecting Parents: Diaper Cakes

Updated on March 24, 2014
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Perfect Gift for Expecting Parents

Diapers are a necessity for all babies so why not gift the expecting parents with a fun but practical gift?  A diaper cake!
Diapers are a necessity for all babies so why not gift the expecting parents with a fun but practical gift? A diaper cake! | Source

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

Okay, you got me, you still can't eat this cake! I'm sure we all agree that diapers don't look tasty or appetizing. It is possible for diapers to be used for more than covering baby's bottom, however, at least for a little while...

How Many Diapers Does It Take?

One diaper, two diapers...5,000 diapers, oh my!

According to DiaperFreeBaby.org, "A full-time diapered baby averages 5,000-8,000 diaper changes before the completion of potty-training." (www.diaperfreebaby.org). That's a whole lotta diapers!

Babies come with several responsibilities and lots of needs. One things every baby needs plenty of are diapers. What's a better gift to give parents who are expecting a bundle of joy than a bundle of diapers?

A box of diapers, however, do not do much to appease the eye especially if they are unwrapping it at a baby shower. Most likely they wouldn't mind receiving a package of diapers because they would be grateful for such a practical gift but for photo's sake and for an extra punch of joy, presenting a diaper cake instead would be sweeter eye candy. It can also double as a centerpiece to place on the gift table during the party - an instant decoration!

I have made a couple diaper cakes for friends who are expecting. They are simple and fun to create so let your creativity flow! Diaper cakes are versatile to decorate whether the baby is a girl or boy.


What to Mix in the Batter

Ingredients You Need:

  • A pack or box of diapers
  • A large plastic plate or plastic party platter. You can also use a circular cardboard
  • Wooden dowels or something to hold structure for the cake. I used chopsticks.
  • Rubberbands (all sizes), twine or ribbon to tie diapers and keep them rolled
  • Big colorful decorative ribbon to wrap around tiers.
  • Scissors

Other items you may need:

  • tape
  • pins
  • safety pins
  • other baby gifts to place on or inside cake like baby wipes, clothes, burp cloths, wash cloths, bibs, bottles, etc.


No Baking Required

Ready to mix up the batter? Follow these easy steps to create that diaper cake:

  1. Start by visualizing what you want the cake to look like. Will it be a girly cake or one for a boy? How tall will it be; how many tiers do you want the cake to have? Are you using just diapers or playing it up with some other "cake decorations"?
  2. Once you have a good idea of your vision for the diaper cake, be sure you have everything you need to whip it up.

Base of Cake

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3. Choose the size of the plate you need for the base of the cake. I used a 14-inch plastic plate from the dollar store for this boy diaper cake.

Preparing the Diapers for the Cake

Face open ends of diaper toward you.
Face open ends of diaper toward you. | Source
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4. Roll each diaper. Start by putting the diaper with design face down. The open ends should be nearest to you. Roll that inward so that the opening is hidden. Use a rubberband, twine or ribbon to wrap around it to keep it rolled.


Cake Filling

Use "filling" inside of cake if you aren't making a diaper cake made with all diapers.
Use "filling" inside of cake if you aren't making a diaper cake made with all diapers. | Source

5. After rolling each diaper, place the "filling" (baby wipes, clothes, etc.) on the plate. Place diapers around the filling. If you're not using any filling inside the cake and the whole cake will consists of diapers, then gather five diapers together and place rubberband or ribbon around them. Take several sets of five bound diapers to create the base of cake. If you're using only diapers for the next tier, then do the same thing with tying together five diapers but don't use as many rolls of diapers as you did for the bottom base. For example, if you used eight bound diapers, only use six for the next tier and so forth.

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I placed some unrolled diapers in between the rolled diapers and filling (baby wipes) to help round out the base.
I placed some unrolled diapers in between the rolled diapers and filling (baby wipes) to help round out the base. | Source

6. Secure diapers with large rubberband, twine or ribbon.

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7. Place wooden dowels in between diapers and filler to form a structure for the next tiers. I taped down each chopstick to the filler (bag of baby wipes) to keep them from moving.

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8. Repeat steps 4-6 with second tier and any tiers after that.

Add filling inside other tiers
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Have Some Cake

Did you receive a diaper cake when you were expecting?

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9. Use decorative, colorful ribbon to tie around each tier. Try to cover the other ribbons and rubberbands with the nicer ribbon. I used clear tape to tape ends of the ribbon together.

10. Fix all the diapers to make sure they are lined up the way you want them.

Cherry on Top

11. Optional: Put a "cake topper" to place on top of the cake. I used a toy frog. I also knew I wanted the burp cloth with the baby's name on it to hang down from the top so I put that on first under the frog. I secured the toy to the burp cloth using pins. Remember, if you use any kind of pins or sharp objects to hold things together, don't poke the actual diapers!


Back of cake.  The baby toy, monkey, serves to add more color into the cake and also hide the taped ribbons on the back of the cake.
Back of cake. The baby toy, monkey, serves to add more color into the cake and also hide the taped ribbons on the back of the cake. | Source

Finishing Touches

Optional: Other ideas to add in the batter:

Place any other "decorations" (toys, bottles, bibs) around cake. You can insert them between the ribbon or behind it as long as they are secured. Use these other items to cover or hide any flaws or details you don't want seen like the taped ribbon around the cake.

Wrap tulle in a complimentary color around the cake or place on top of the cake. Add a large bow or streaming ribbons down the cake. Place a card or topper with child's name or initials on it. Add in flowers, small bows or buttons. Throw on some baby-themed confetti around bottom of plate or all over cake to add that extra touch and sparkle!


Optional: Embellish all sides of the cake with baby toys, baby hats, ribbons, etc.
Optional: Embellish all sides of the cake with baby toys, baby hats, ribbons, etc. | Source
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Baby Diaper Bassinet

Baby diaper bassinets are fun and easy to make, too!
Baby diaper bassinets are fun and easy to make, too! | Source

Serving the Cake

When it is time to deliver the cake, carry the cake under the base, holding the plate with both hands. You can secure the entire diaper cake if you want by wrapping some of the decorative ribbon from the top to under the plate and taping it underneath the plate. You can also wrap the whole cake with tulle to keep all the diapers from falling off the plate. If you choose not to do this, be careful that the cake doesn't tip over while carrying it.

Don't underestimate the weight of the entire diaper cake once it is completed particularly if you did put filling inside and other items around the cake. The cake can be heavier than what it looks like!


More Diaper Gift Ideas for Baby Shower

Other ways to gift diapers
Caring for the diaper cake
More ideas for decoration
Diaper wreath
Keep away from places with scents and odors
Small rolled wash cloths to look like roses/flowers
 
like food and kitchen since diapers are meant to absorb odor
Rolled burp/wash cloths to look like lollipops
Diaper baby carriage
Keep away from small kids while storing cake
Small diaper bouquets for table centerpieces
Diaper bouquet
Keep away from moisture
Small diaper bassinets for table centerpieces
Diaper basket
 
 

The Final Product

Cakes come in all colors, sizes and themes.  I wanted this cake to be blue and green and to be personalized with the little boy's name which I ironed on the burp cloth.  I had fun creating it and enjoyed giving it to the parents.
Cakes come in all colors, sizes and themes. I wanted this cake to be blue and green and to be personalized with the little boy's name which I ironed on the burp cloth. I had fun creating it and enjoyed giving it to the parents. | Source

Time for the Taste Test

Does your cake look good enough to eat?

Diaper cakes come in all different sizes, themes and colors but the bottom line is that they are a practical gift that will make the expecting parents' eyes light up. The bonus is that their appreciation doesn't stop there; once they take it home and start "cutting" into it, they will see the time and love put into "baking" it (even if you bought if you had it "store-bought"). When I received a diaper cake for my daughter, I was ecstatic and when I started to take it apart, I was filled with joy seeing all the little "surprises" my friend put into making it (bibs, baby wipes and clothes).

A diaper cake is sure to be a scrumptious gift that can be used as a centerpiece or displayed as lovely décor for the baby shower. Most importantly, those diapers will eventually serve their ultimate purpose: to cover that baby bum!


©BNadyn 2013

Hello Kitty Themed Diaper Cake

I made this girl, Hello Kitty themed diaper cake for my God daughter.  I put more diapers inside along with wipes and clothes.
I made this girl, Hello Kitty themed diaper cake for my God daughter. I put more diapers inside along with wipes and clothes. | Source

Cutting the Cake

I received this gift at my own baby shower and loved it!  I almost didn't want to unwrap it but when I finally did "cut the cake,"  I was even more excited to see that there were some surprises (clothes and bibs) inside.
I received this gift at my own baby shower and loved it! I almost didn't want to unwrap it but when I finally did "cut the cake," I was even more excited to see that there were some surprises (clothes and bibs) inside. | Source

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I read a hub about diaper cakes a couple months ago, and that's the first time in my life I had ever heard of them. Quite clever and useful. :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    They are gaining in popularity now. I know most people who are having a baby request tons of diapers so I would rather give them a diaper cake. They're also fun to make so it's a win-win!

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    kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    I think it's a great way to present a gift to a new mother! As a new mother, you will for sure use all the diapers with your baby.... but like you said... there are surprises hidden in the cake :-) It's like the filling :-)

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

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    Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    What a creative and practical gift. Any expectant mother would love to receive such a thoughtful and useful present! I like the idea of hidden treasures in the filling. You have made some very beautiful diaper cakes ;) Pearl

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Pearl! Yes, the hidden treasures are my favorite part. Thanks for voting up. Hope you had a great weekend :-)

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