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How to Make a Diaper Cake - Step by step tutorials

Updated on August 17, 2013

Diaper cakes are pretty and useful!

My best (childhood) friend is having a baby! She's due on August the 4th and as she didn't have a baby shower I decided to make a simple diaper cake for her to celebrate the special occasion. She doesn't want to tell which gender the baby will be (will it be a baby girl? will it be a baby boy? Oh my!) so I had to choose a neutral theme and I opted for flower jungle.

This was my first time making a diaper cake and I am really happy with the result (hope you like it too!). I am sharing my "how to tutorial" with step by step instructions and tricks I used to make my 3-tier diaper cake. I also included some other useful tutorials both video and picture to get your imagination running (I really like the motorcycle one - perfect for baby boys!).

Photos on this page are taken by me unless stated otherwise.

How to make a diaper cake step by step tutorial - Making the Base Structure


  1. Make a base for the cake. I made it using cardstock paper, 3 layers which I glued one on top of the other to make them more durable. I used a round bake tray as a stencil as I though the size would be right and it was. You don't have to worry about making the base to big or too little as a diaper can be arranged in a way to fit it perfectly.
  2. This is optional but I decided to cover the base with burlap fabric. Glue gun time!
  3. My finished base!
  4. Something to give the structure. I have seen a few of tutorials where they use a cardboard paper roll to hold the cake's structure and you can use that but I think a bottle of wine is a way more fun! I got the Pink Chick (she adores pink) Rose wine which I glued to the base with the glue gun.

Best Kinds of Diapers to Use for a Diaper Cake - And what size to get!

I did some researching online before I started making my diaper cake to see which brand would be the best to use for making a diaper cake. I have read some good reviews about some generic diaper but as this was a gift I decided to go with a more "exclusive" brand.

As for the size of the diaper, I wouldn't give newborn diaper as the little ones grow out of them very quickly, not to mention other people will be getting newborn ones. I decided to go with the size 2 (3 would be OK too).

Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers, Size 2, 72 Count (Pack of 2)
Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers, Size 2, 72 Count (Pack of 2)

From what I have learned Huggies Pure and Natural are one of the top picks. They have very subtle design which is desired when you make a diaper cake and they made from organic cotton! Something the small tush will appreciate.

Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers Economy Pack Plus Size 2, 168 Count
Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers Economy Pack Plus Size 2, 168 Count

But as Huggies were not available at the local store I decided to go with Pampers, another well recommended brand. I was lucky though as the print on the diapers (quite a subte one) was jungle themed so it matched my diaper cake perfectly. They were really easy to work with and were rolled nicely. They smell great too!


Rolling the diapers... - And how much do you need!

Well how much of them you need depends on the size of the cake you are making. I bought a pack of 96 and used 86 of them for my creation.

Roll, roll, roll the diaper... - This will take a while

  1. Roll the diapers as shown on the picture. Start with the end that opens and roll them up. Use a rubber band to keep them in shape but make sure the band is a bit loose so it won't damage the diaper.
  2. Place a rubber band around the bottle and add 3 diaper rolls (you can add more if you have larger rubber bands). Place another rubber band around the bottle and one of the diapers which is already around the bottle and add 2 additional diaper rolls (each rubber band holding 3 diapers, sharing one with the other band). Continue until you make the whole circle.
  3. Now that the first circle is done it's time to go to the middle one (and well the outer one). Place the rubber around two diaper rolls from the first circle and add 3 diaper rolls to the outer one. Continue until you make the whole circle.

    These steps are applied on all tiers.

Tiers are stacking! We are almost done with this diaper cake

Close ups

  1. A view of the first tier from above
  2. Second tier coming along nicely
  3. A little trick for the top tier if you are using a bottle as a base - roll one diaper around the neck of the bottle as this way your top tier will have a round shape as others. I first made it without it and the tier was losing shape.
  4. All tiers ready to be decorated.

Adding the finishing touches - And the diaper cake is ready to be served

Adding the final details! - Welcome to the jungle

  1. I used burlap fabric to cover up the rubber bands (and make the cake look pretty!). The regular glue didn't work so I used a glue gun. Be sure to place something behind the working area (where you will apply the glue) so that it doesn't get in contact with the diapers.
  2. Ta-daa!
  3. I added a giraffe patterned decorative ribbon to make it more jungle like. I think this really adds a lot to the cake!
  4. I put a giraffe plushie on the top! It hides the wine bottle completely so I think they will really be surprised when they unpack their gift.

    I also bought a pack of plastic marigolds at the dollar store. I glued 3 on the ribbon (to hide where I glued the ribbon ends together), the other 3 I just placed on the cake.

How to make a diaper cake without rolling? Video Tutorial - Another fun way to make this!

My 3 Tiered Diaper Cake! - Waiting to be gift wrapped

Are you just stopping by? Making a gift for a mother to be? A centrepiece for your baby shower? Just want to say hi? Be my guest =)

I would love to hear from you! - Do leave a comment!

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      martingallagher 3 years ago

      This is so nicely done. Very clear and detailed instructions.

    • bikerministry profile image

      bikerministry 4 years ago

      So adorable - our latest granddaughter got one last year. Lots of photos before supplies were used.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Great diaper cake tutorial! I really like the gift cakes as an alternative to gift baskets.