How to Make a Diaper Cake

No baby shower is complete without a diaper cake, a gift that can also serve as a beautiful centerpiece. Here's how to make yours extra memorable.

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You Will Need

  • About 100 Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive diapers, size 1
  • A bag of rubber bands
  • A bottle of champagne
  • A serving tray
  • Seven extra-large rubber bands
  • Six sheets of square, white tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • A spool of white satin ribbon, 2 to 3 inches wide
  • Clear tape
  • A wide, wire-edge ribbon in whatever color and texture you like

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Roll up diapers

    Begin rolling diapers, two at a time, holding them together in the center with a rubber band.

  2. Some diapers – like Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive – have a wetness-indicator strip that lets you know when the baby needs changing – ideal for first-time parents!

  3. Step 2

    Encircle the champagne bottle

    Place the champagne bottle in the center of the serving tray and surround it with nine sets of rolled-up diapers. Secure this first circle with an extra-large rubber band. Then, repeat the process with 15 more pairs of diapers to form an outer ring.

  4. Fill any spaces around the champagne bottle with unrolled diapers.

  5. Step 3

    Cover with tissue paper

    Take two sheets of tissue paper, layer them, and fold them twice into a square. At the center corner, cut a series of slits that are about the radius of your bottle.

  6. Step 4

    Unfold the tissue paper

    Carefully unfold the tissue paper and slip it over the neck of the bottle. Smooth the tissue paper down around the sides of the diapers. Secure with an extra-large rubber band.

  7. Don't worry about completely covering the area around the champagne bottle; there will be another layer of diapers covering it.

  8. Step 5

    Build the second layer

    Build the second layer of your cake, using nine pairs of diapers. Make this layer smaller than the bottom one because you are creating a tiered cake. Secure the layer with an extra-large rubber band, cover it with tissue paper, and tie with another extra-large band.

  9. Step 6

    Repeat

    Repeat the process for the third and final layer of the cake. For this top layer, do not snip the tissue paper; you want the top of the cake to remain smooth.

  10. Step 7

    Wrap the sides

    Now wrap each layer of the cake with a piece of white ribbon. Secure with clear tape.

  11. If the ribbon is not as wide as the layers of the diaper cake, use two rows on each layer, securing them with clear tape.

  12. Step 8

    Tie the ribbon

    Wrap decorative ribbon around each layer, securing it by twisting the wire or by tying a bow.

  13. Step 9

    Add a bow

    Make a bow out of the remaining decorative ribbon for the top of the cake, leaving long tails to hang down the sides. Voila! Your diaper cake is ready to be served!

  14. Babies use about 3,500 diapers by the time they turn one year old.

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