Monday, March 21, 2011

Nope, it's not edible! Check out this diaper cake - great for baby showers!

Over the years, I've lost count of how many baby showers I've gone too.  For some reason, baby clothes feel boring as gifts.  I'm always on the look-out for the really cool functional gift that is a presentation on its own.  I think I've found it!  What does every new mom need?  You guessed it... DIAPERS.  But nothing is more boring than wrapping up or presenting a mom to be with a box of diapers.  When I realized how easy making a diaper cake was, I knew that would be my standard gift for all baby showers from now on.  Not only is it functional (the mom can rip in to it when she needs diapers), but it is also a great decoration for a baby shower.  It's extremely portable and adds a bit of wow factor to any baby shower. Best part is it is less than $20 to make, so you can still buy a few other fun things as gifts to accompany it. 

It's super easy and here's how:

Make a bed of diapers, surrounding a round cardboard cutout.  This will be your cake base.  Use hot glue liberally.  Fold the open ends of the diaper inwards to neaten the top and backs.  Repeat about 100 times (no kidding, I used exactly 100 size one diapers in the cake you see pictured.  I could have used newborn size, but the fact that my babies were both over 9 pounds each... I like to buy the larger size in case the mom to be has a big baby also!). 

Start forming the folded diapers in a ring on the base, put the newly folded edges to the outside of the cake.  Once you start accumulating a number of them, take a string and losely tie it around the cake, this is just to help keep them together and maintain the shape until you add the decorative ribbon.  I used approximately 70 diapers on the bottom tier and 30 on the top tier. 

Once they were packed tight, I balled up a few diapers to go in the center.  Tied the riboon around the tiers, securing with a few dabs of hot glue.  Easy as that!

What are some of your favorite decorations or gifts for baby showers?


Anonymous,  March 22, 2011 at 8:38 AM  

This is really cute :) I recently had a chance to learn about making diaper cakes and it was so much fun! I agree that they are a creative and awesome gift. Nice work!

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