How to Make a Diaper Cake: {Free Tutorials & Directions}

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Diaper cakes (or nappy cakes) are given at baby showers to display as a centerpiece and are made with a few tiers of rolled diapers. They are decorated with pretty ribbons, topped with toys and can be filled with lots of goodies such as a bottle of baby powder, baby bottles, washcloths, socks and much more. They make quite an impressive display but they’re also a lovely, practical gift for the lucky new mom…and the good news is they’re super easy to make too!

Here’s an updated list of tutorials that I’ve handpicked from around the ‘net, the first group is made mainly with stacked diapers and then you’ll find my favorite at the bottom (it’s loaded with goodies like washcloths, supplies and toys), this one offers both written instructions and a video tutorial. Have fun!

Diaper Cake Tutorial: This is made with a large mailing tube, cardboard, butcher paper or wrapping paper, doilies, rubber hair bands and more.

Tiered Cake: Made by arranging about 75 diapers around a bottle of baby powder and a baby bottle, sits on a cardboard cake base. Part 2 for the decorating instructions are on this page.

Ribbons, Bows & Toys: This one’s decorated with lots of grosgrain ribbon, bows, paper shreds and topped with baby toys or supplies.

Paper Towel Tube Center: Made with lots of rolled Pampers arranged around a paper towel tube, secured in place with ribbon then filled with lots of baby goodies.

Tricycle: A cake pan is used to form rounds of diapers (20 per tire), assembled with ribbon, receiving blankets, a bit of yarn, a pair of baby socks, bibs and a bottle.

Deluxe Style

This one’s loaded! It’s filled with nappies, wrapped with a baby blanket and shawl and all kinds of goodies tucked in such as a bib, washcloths, socks, pacifier, bottle, teether, and lots more. Find the instructions here: Diaper Cake / Nappy Cake / Baby Cake (site may take a few seconds to fully load) or watch the step-by-step video below (9 minutes in length).

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5 Comments to “How to Make a Diaper Cake: {Free Tutorials & Directions}”
  1. Vic says:

    As an added touch I came up with the idea to put jokes, poems, and quotes about Mom,Dad,babies and family into random diapers (not all of them!). I printed them in different fonts onto different colored papers. Then I rolled them into tiny little scrolls and tied them off with a small piece of ribbon. When I rolled the diapers, I put one into one here and there,so that when Mom and Dad open up a diaper for a change, they get a little laugh. A bit of extra work but well worth it.

  2. GrandmaSherry says:

    Excellent tutorial. I will be using this for 2 more babies this summer. Great gift and shower centerpiece. Thanks a million!

  3. Nancy Grant says:

    wow can’t wait to make!been looking for instructions for this cake for awhile now THANKS TipNut

  4. charisia says:

    what great ideas you give me!!! nice for baby shower parties and newborns. i will make one for my sister who is expecting as soon as she finds out the sex of the baby so i can choose the color! thanks guys!!!

  5. kimberly says:

    I love these diaper cakes. Thanks for sharing your how to . Is there one for an airplane

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