August 16, 2009

Diaper Cake Creation

There is definitely something in the water here! Everywhere I turn, I'm finding out my friends are pregnant! What a wonderful blessing and I couldn't be happier for them. I do have some friends who have been through a long journey to get to that point, so to see them with smiles on their faces again because of their growing miracle is so special to me.

Along with crafting and creating, a huge passion of mine is decorating and planning events! Recently my work hosted a shower for 2 of my coworkers who are pregnant and due shortly. I of course, did the decorating and loved every second of it. This was my first baby shower I helped with and it was great practice for the many others I'll be throwing. When finding out I would be decorating, all I could focus on was how to make a diaper cake! How perfect would that be for the shower? I remember seeing them in specialty stores and baby boutiques and them costing $75-$100, and I made a mental note that the first baby shower I helped with I was making one! Well, I am proud to say, I followed through and below are my successful efforts!


How did I make them you may ask? I bought a pack of 96 diapers, stage 3. Learn from my mistake and be sure to get white only! This being my first cake, lesson learned! You then need to take a round pizza can and place a soup can in the middle. Next simply start wrapping the diapers around the soup can, overlapping as you go. There is math involved in this, if you are making a 3 tier cake, be sure to keep it to a 3:2:1 ratio on the diapers. So depending on the quantity you have, just calculate accordingly. Once you have the diapers wrapped, take a piece of string to secure it. You can then remove the soup can and fill the middle with remaining diapers for that tier. Follow those same steps for the other 2 tiers. Finally, you can stack the tiers and secure with a stick. I secured my tiers with the flower topper (it had a long stem, so worked out perfectly). Finally, the fun part! Accessorizing the cake! I kept it simple by just securing some colorful ribbon. I did use 2 different types of ribbon here: a thick white and colorful. You can probably just use the colored ribbon as the white was just used to make up for my mistake of grabbing patterned diapers!

I know for a fact I will be creating 2 more of these, probably larger, so I'll be sure to post these new ones in the future! In the mean time, enjoy my first attempt. Remember, this decoration is perfect for a visual point of view and also for a practical one. The mother's get to take these home and actually use them in the future! If you buy the later stage diapers it works out better because then the mother's can enjoy the craftsmanship a little longer before needing to use the diapers.

8 comments:

Pineapple Princess said...

I'm so glad I found you (for lots of reasons!) I have two upcoming showers in the next few months for two family members. I totally want to make this. I saved your post so I can follow your steps. Thank you!!!

Pineapple Princess said...

Oh, thank you for your encouragement. You totally made my night!! :)

Lacy said...

HOLY COW!! These turned out SOOO good!! I am so glad you posted these since I couldn't see the others on fb!! And I kinda like how it turned out with the patterns on the diapers...it's almost like a "swirl cake" ;)

Mod Podge Amy said...

Kim, I'm so proud of you! You rock it!!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Very clever.

Holly said...

Hi! I came across your blog through the DIY Day. Your diaper cakes turned out great! I attempted my first one about a month ago and this is how it turned out...

http://anothermothersmith.blogspot.com/2009/08/diaper-cake.html

It's always fun to see the different ways that each person makes them.

Brian and Ashley said...

Thanks for posting this! I have several friends who are pregnant and I want to make them a cake- now I know how! Yours looks great!

burlap + blue said...

These are so, so cute! Thanks for sharing with us!!

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