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What is a diaper cake?

Updated on March 1, 2013
My Diaper Creation for my nephew.
My Diaper Creation for my nephew. | Source

Surprise within a Surprise

This is a clever way to welcome a new baby, great baby shower gift and/or table center piece. I enjoy making these, since they are homemade from the heart and resourcefulness. What a fun and unique way to express a special welcoming for a mother to be.

The main tools consist of imagination and simple baby supplies towards a specific design. You may create any style, shape, big or small; it's all up to your preferences or the person you are making it for. What's nice about the whole thing, it's a "do it your self" project or with a special someone. Mainly one person implements the thoughts and handiwork.

I can honestly say through experience ....

The mother to be opening your diaper creation, will be utterly surprised and surprised again. The anticipation she and others will endure while she disassembles it: is PRICELESS....

Diaper Creation

Your diaper creation will reflect your thoughtfulness and effort put forth in the final details.

Bonus part = guilt free = zero calories = happy mom

Which consist of the following:

  • Mixed sized diapers including the swaddlers(for newborns), pull ups and little swimmers
  • Specialty Toppers
  • Color Schemes
  • Various Stages May Be Applied
  • Your choice of decorative embellishments (i.e) toys, ribbons, blankets, wash clothes, onesies, socks, hats, bottles, baby bath products and bottom applications.

The fun part is selecting a location to retrieving the necessary items. Keep in mind, this could be dangerous for the wallet since there are unlimited selections.

Shopping in the baby isles,

oh my my~

leads into the clever homemade fabrication.

Be reasonable and practical to your project; but in the same breath have fun!

Embellishments = Anything for a New Baby

Sample of Items could use
Sample of Items could use | Source

Supplies & Where

Rubber Bands
Cake Circles
Where to purchase
Start rolling the diapers from the top opening to the bottom leg part.
used to secure each rolled diaper with in place
typical 10 inch
receiving blankets
use large for bottom
individual or sections
supports the cake
toys/bath products
smaller for top
wont use all the rubber bands
square or round
dollar store
varies for style
will not see these in final product
or a sturdy object
bottles/ teethers
garage sales
Methods will vary depending on style (ie) cake circle, diapers and embellishing.


plastic cups, lids, onesie, socks and fast food drink  holding containers. Ribbon for baby boy/ girl
plastic cups, lids, onesie, socks and fast food drink holding containers. Ribbon for baby boy/ girl | Source
various color baby wash clothes, spoons and clear plastic wrap tied off with ribbon
various color baby wash clothes, spoons and clear plastic wrap tied off with ribbon | Source

Variation of Styles & Shapes

There are numerous of styles and shapes in creating this unique gift, party favor and table topper.

It can be shaped in:

  • candy
  • cupcakes
  • cakes (two or more tiers)
  • lollipops
  • motorcycles
  • trains
  • baskets
  • milk shakes
  • bouquet
  • bottles
  • wreaths
  • stork bundle
  • caterpillar

"This is generally and the largest commonly applied list that I know of".

Like I mentioned earlier, your creation widely depends on the choice of style and shape. It really varies as to whether it's a gift, party favor or center piece table topper.

No matter what,

be Inventive with it..

Zero Steps Encluded

I strictly refrain myself from going into great depths of making one in this article. My focal point was giving you the break down on implementing these tools and guide lines to create "your" own unique creation. Plus, this particular article is on "what's in a diaper cake?" and not a "how to" blue print. If wondering the exact steps, you will be able to access a numerous of online sites to tour you into the necessary steps from start to finish.

Favors/Table Toppers

When hosting the baby shower for the expecting mother, ever detail even comes down to the favors and table toppers. What better way to utilize handiwork custom made by you?

(i.e) Imagine walking into the room or banquet hall seeing bouquets on center of each table. These bouquets are made of baby wash clothes in various colors to match the scheme. The cloths are are shaped onto skewers; and covered with green wrapping for stem. These stems are placed into clear vases, already filled with glass marbles and choice of color plastic wrap. (blue, pink, yellow or green). Finishing touch of added babies breath in between. This is where you could place your lollipop and candy designs or set them over by the regular cake display.

Intriguing right?

Make sure enough favors equals the quantity of guests.


  • Idea of choice of style
  • pick your supply vendor
  • gather all materials need for project
  • lay everything out & start creating
  • embellish and finalize

Now stand back~ really admire your imagination in every detail~Good work

Basic Two Tier Diaper Cake

Boy or Girl?
Boy or Girl? | Source

Would you use any of this?

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This is It...

As you plainly see, I've covered everything right down to peeling the layers and slicing into the unknown surprises. The big picture is the full view of the diaper cake and disassembling the insides is truly what lies the hidden treasures for the expecting mom and new one.

No matter how big or small your diaper creation will be; a lot of thought went into the style and choice of items included. The special someone receiving this homemade handiwork, will be aroused and the "wow" factor is immensely gratifying..

You have it all in a nut shell, hope I enlightened you with my guidelines and visuals tactics.


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      Beth37 4 years ago

      That's so cute.

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      NicoleAnn 4 years ago from Illinois

      @tillsontitan, you are certainly correct on great conversation starter along with ideas for anyone! thank you for your votes and comments =)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Not only adorable but useful and certainly a conversation starter. These are great ideas anyone can use!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      NicoleAnn 4 years ago from Illinois

      @ cherrycrime26, thanks for stopping and reading this hub on what's in a diaper cake and leaving your polite and encouraging comment. I hope you will have fun with making your own and let me know how it turned out...thanks again..

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      January Moon 4 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      These are so cute ;-), I'm going to try and make some, Creative Hub.

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      NicoleAnn 4 years ago from Illinois

      thank you so much billybuc! It's been a trend for some time now, fyi. :) I just thought I'd implement my experience on the subject and throw it out there.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very clever! I had never heard of these until last month, and then I thought they were joking with me. Shows you how much I know. :)