Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Ultimate Baby Shower Gift - Diaper Cake (Tutorial)

I've already told you how much I like to give handmade gifts. When the gift is for a friend who gave birth, it's even better. My optional gifts list includes nursing cover, onesies "cupcake", hand-painted onesies and appliqued onsies. But the best, ultimate gift, I think, is a diaper cake. It's practical, pretty and has the Wow-Affect.
Two weeks ago another friend had given birth and I immediately began rolling diapers and making the cake. This time I also took photos of all steps, so now I can show you exactly how to do it.

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria



You'll need -40-50 diapers (I use no.1. That's not the smallest, NB size, but one size bigger)
Round cardboard base
Empty paper towel roll
Pretty paper to cover the base
Your favorite kind of adhesive
Rubber bands
Small gifts - soap for the baby, ointments, clothes, blankies, toys etc.
Ribbons - paper or fabric

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
Begin by rolling the diaper

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
Secure with rubber band
Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
Keep rolling until you think you have enough
Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
Prepare the base - take a round cardboard and an empty paper towel roll


Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
Attach them together using tape

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
If you want the base to look pretty, take a piece of nice paper and cut a hole, the size of the empty roll diameter,  in the middle

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
Glue it to the base


Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
Place the rolled diapers standing on the base, around the empty roll. Do it slowly & carefully. When done,  secure with a rubber band.

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
Continue the same way on the second floor


Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
Now it's time to add the little gifts in between

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria



Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
And move on to the third floor


Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
To hide all the ugly rubber bands, we're going to use ribbons that we place around and then glue ends together

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
This time, to make it girly, I added lace

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
And a pink ribbon

I also like to add on top a "cupcake" made of an onesie, a burp cloth or a blankie. This time I used a light blankie.

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
Fold the blankie to make a narrow strip

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
You can add socks to be the cherry on top


Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria
Roll it all the way, beginning with the side with the socks. Secure with a rubber band

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria


This time I also added a "lollipop" made of a hand painted onesie, rolled and taped to a baby teaspoon.

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria


Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria



Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria


That's it. Just wrap it all nicely, add a home-baked pie, and go visit that new (exhausted...) momma!

Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria


Diaper Cake Tutorial @ The Crafeteria


And if you'd like to make something similar, I found this great tutorial for a diaper bouquet by Addi from Frugal Fanatic.

She has lots of other cute ideas, stop by her blog and say hi.

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35 comments:

  1. I usually like to make diaper cakes for showers too. They are so fun to make and give. But I usually just add things around, not make them. so creative.

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    1. Thanks :) Sometimes I just buy, sometimes, when I have more time, I try to add a handmade item.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. You know, I actually made a diaper cake for one of my friend's showers. You're right that they are super easy! I love the additional items that you added! Lovely!

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    1. I know! They look so hard to make, but actually they aren't. I love these kinds of gifts! Thanks :)

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  4. This is very creative, and just too cute! (...can't wait for a baby shower invitation, now!)

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  5. This is one of the best tuts I've seen for diaper cakes! Mad skillz!!

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  6. This is so adorable -- My daughter-in-law is expecting in August and I am going to make her the diaper cake for the shower.

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    1. Thanks :) When you're done, would love you to share! You can pin it to our Pinterst group board - http://pinterest.com/thecrafeteria/feature-me-group-board/

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  7. Love these! I personally am not artsy-fartsy, but I love to receive them :) LOL

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    1. I also love to receive them!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  8. This is so sweet! I've never seen them made with the lollipop onesie or blanket cupcake before, love it.

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  9. This is such a cute little diaper cake. Thank you so much for linking up to my linky party. Hope to see more from you next time.

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  10. I have always wondered how these were created...great tutorial! Hoping to tackle one of these for the next shower I attend. Thanks for directing me to this post in your comment on my blog!

    Warmly,
    Lauren
    The Thinking Closet

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    1. Thanks Lauren! Please share it with us if you end up making one :)

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