As a new mom or friend to one you are probably looking for unique practical gift ideas for baby showers christenings or visits to your friend’s baby. One idea that is becoming increasingly popular is the diaper cake an impressive functional gift that any mommy would adore. A diaper cake is a multi-tier diaper-based cake that is celebrated for its cuteness fantastic functional value.
The great thing about diaper cakes is that they are extremely easy to create making one yourself instead of buying a pre-made one will save you tons of money in the process. This guide will show you how to make your own beautiful functional diaper cake so let’s get started!
The materials you need to make a diaper cake are readily available in any craft store or online. They include:
– Disposable diapers
– Rubber bands
– Decorative ribbon or fabric
– A cake board
– Glue or double-sided tape
– Anything else to decorate the cake
Step 1: Roll the diapers
Place the diaper on a flat surface roll it up tightly starting from the front of the diaper to the back. You will need approximately 50-60 rolled diapers depending on how large you want your cake to be. To save time effort you can use different sizes of diapers that have more absorbency so the cake looks a realistic shape.
Step 2: Shape the base of the cake
To create the base of the cake like any baker you need to have a sturdy stable foundation. Arrange the rolled-up diapers in a circular pattern with the folded end touching the center of the circle. This will help hold the cake’s shape keep it steady throughout the process.
Step 3: Secure the base
Once you have arranged enough rolled diapers in a circular pattern to form the base wrap a rubber baround them tightly to keep them securely in place. You can use as many rubber bands as required if you notice some of the diapers are beginning to move or shift out of place.
Step 4: Keep adding more layers
To create the middle top tiers of the cake cut a ribbon or mesh wrap that covers the same diameter as the base width of your cake. Then wrap that around the diapers in the circle in the same manner securing it by wrapping another rubber baround it. Now add the diapers to form the level that goes on to the top. Leave a spot in the middle then stack the next level of diapers around it.
Repeat the above step until you have the desired number of layers for your cake design. Each level will need fewer diapers than previous layers.
Step 5: Secure the layers
Once you have added all the layers of the cake measure it to ensure that each layer is symmetrical smooth. You want to ensure that the cake’s layers are stable so the decorations on the cake are adequately supported.
You can add additional support between the layers for this purpose by inserting a cardboard cut-out under each layer or adding extra rolled-up diapers between the layers if the cake starts to look wobbly or unstable. Tie a ribbon around the cake at each tier’s base to ensure that it is securely held in place.
Step 6: Decorate your cake!
Now that your diaper cake is sturdy stable it is time to decorate. You can be as creative as you want using ribbons fabric stuffed toys baby bottles bibs pacifiers or anything else that you or the new mom would love. Ensure that the cake is beautifully decorated its color design match the decor of the baby shower or nursery. Ta-dah! And that is how to make a diaper cake.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long do diaper cakes take to make?
A diaper cake can take between 30 minutes to two hours depending on your level of creativity how many layers you want to add to it.
2. How many diapers do I need for a diaper cake?
The number of diapers required for a diaper cake depends on the number of layers you wish to add to it. As a rule of thumb the average number of rolled-up diapers you need is 60-80 depending on how many layers you want for the cake.
3. How do I make sure that my diaper cake is stable?
Your diaper cake may become unstable when you stack on the extra layers. You can counter this by adding additional support between each layer. You can use a cardboard cut-out between the diapers or insert a wooden rod down the center of the cake for support.
4. How do I ensure that the ribbon stays in place?
To ensure that your ribbon stays in place you can use double-sided tape or a hot glue gun to attach it to the diapers.
In conclusion a diaper cake is a unique practical gift that will be appreciated by any new mom or mom-to-be. Creating your own homemade diaper cake is a fun easy process with endless possibilities for decoration to match any nursery or baby shower theme. So why not add this personalized touch to your next baby shower or christening event?