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How to Make a “Unique” Diaper Cake. Ha!

By Chris Jordan

how to make diaper cakesSo you have a friend who is having a baby and somehow you were elected to throw the baby shower. You have the food. You ordered the invitations. Pulled out your fancy serving dishes. But what is missing?

I know, your table needs a centerpiece. Why yes, it does.

It can serve as a nice focal point, in case people need a reminder for why they are there drinking mimosas on a Saturday afternoon, as well as being a practical gift for the parents-to-be.

First you will need to buy some supplies:

Bottle of champagne: Ah, yes, this is the critical difference with this Alpha Mom diaper cake. No rolled up baby bibs or receiving blankets here. (Does anyone even use those blankets?) This goes in the center of the cake. It is for the parents to bring to the hospital with them to break over the bow of the baby like the QE2.

Instead of playing the good girl, you could put a bottle of a scotch in there. Or whiskey. Or vodka. Well, you get the idea. Other guests might talk about you afterward in hushed tones, but in a few months the new parents will be thanking you. Especially if you have tucked a couple pair of earplugs in there too.

Serving platter: I bought the one in the photograph at Target for under $20. You could alternately cut a circle out of heavy cardboard or plywood.

Size one diapers, yes newborn diapers are adorable and oh so tiny, but many babies don’t wear them very long if at all. At least the size 1 diapers you know will be used. Alpha Mom says that the best diapers to include in the diaper cake are the relatively-new Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive that include a wetness indicator, perfect for new moms as initially it’s tough to tell whether a baby needs a diaper change. Also, look for the specially-marked package of Pampers whereby every purchase equals one life-saving vaccine donated through Unicef.

Elastic bands, get a whole bag of them. Any ones you have leftover you can shoot at your children should they come near the finished diaper cake before you have a chance to photograph it. Not that I did that or anything.

White tissue paper, one package that is usually used for gift bags is sufficient

Decorative ribbon– here you get to decide what color you want. I wanted something that was not the traditional pastel baby colors.

Wide white satin ribbon Not wired. Just the cheap stuff they sell in the craft store with the wedding accessories

Decorative accents – I went with the so ugly they are cute Ugly dolls. What isn’t to love about these little guys?

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Step 1:
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Buy the champagne. If you do not regularly drink champagne you will be surprised at how many different kinds there are and also how many different price points they come in. Decide how much you like the person and shop accordingly. I bought the $24.99 champagne. I picked this particular one because I liked the shape of the bottle and I thought the label was pretty. Remember they are going to be bringing this to the hospital to toast the birth of their baby… do you think they are going to care about your champagne? Their minds will likely be occupied by other things, like that brand new baby they have. Does this sound like I am trying to justify being cheap? Eh, whatever you are throwing them a baby shower afterall.

Step 2:
Find your platter. Either buy one from a discount party store, they have tin ones that are very inexpensive or cut your own out of sturdy cardboard or plywood.

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Step 3:
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Begin rolling diapers. Put two of the wee diapers together and roll them. Fasten shut with an elastic band.

Step 4:
Encircle the bottle with the rolled up diapers, fitting as many as possible into the ring. Then slip an elastic band around the entire thing to secure it. Repeated the process to form an outer ring. Then put an elastic around the entire ring to hold it securely to the bottle.

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Are you keeping count yet, because that is already a lot of elastic bands. Don’t try to make due with the ones you have dug out of your junk drawer. I’m warning you now.

Step 5:
After you do this you might notice that there is a bit of room. Take the opportunity to slide some unrolled diapers in around the bottle.

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Pat it all into place so that the top is as even as possible.

Step 6:
Now we are going to use our tissue paper to cover this entire layer. No one wants to see the faces of licensed characters all over, and if you haven’t realized it yet all things for babies have licensed characters on them. First, take two sheets of tissue paper and layer them together. Then, fold it into a square.

Aren’t you glad I provided you with the second photo? Just in case you had no idea what a square was.

Step 7:
At the center corner cut a series of slits that are roughly equal to the radius of your champagne bottle.

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Also, I never noticed how weird my thumb looks when I am using scissors. Or it could just be that my thumb was expressing the pent up rage I was feeling while telling my husband to take the DAMN PHOTO ALREADY, while wishing I had a tripod.

Step 8:
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Carefully unfold the tissue paper and slip it over the neck of the bottle. Tuck the strips in around the top of the bottle. Don’t worry too much about the top since there will be another layer of diapers covering it.

Strange but what are my mother’s hands doing in this photo? Must. Moisturize. Now.

Carefully smooth the tissue paper down around the sides of the diaper. Get one of your larger elastic bands from your package and stretch it over the entire thing. I will say that another set of hands is very helpful at this point. If you can grow yourself another set, please do, otherwise have someone around to give you a hand, literally. I crack myself up sometimes.

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Trim the excess tissue from around the edges, however, make sure that you leave enough tissue paper to tuck under the layer of the cake.

Step 9:
Now begin the second layer.

Take some of the unwrapped diapers and wrap them around the bottle until you achieve a thickness that is half as thick as the rolled up diapers. Is that as clear as mud?

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How about this then, your bottom layer is two rows of rolled diapers plus a bit. Your top row will be one row of rolled diapers. You want this layer to be half way in between so that it creates nice symmetrical layers.

Oh, just look at the photos. That’s what they are here for.

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Look at all those elastic bands! Really you could say that you are giving the gift of elastic bands displayed on diapers. Your friend will thank you. You can never have too many elastic bands.

Step 10:
Repeat the process for the second and third layers.

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However, remember that on the top layer you do not need to cut slices into your tissue paper. It is going to be a nice flat surface.

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Step 11:
Stand back and admire your handy work. Yes, it isn’t supposed to look finished yet.

Step 12:
Now we are going to wrap the sides of the cake with the white satin ribbon. Think of it as the fondant layer. I bought 3″ wide satin ribbon. Nothing fancy.

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Since the ribbon is not as wide as the diapers I needed to use two rows on each layer, securing them in the back with the magic of scotch tape.

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Step 13:
I decided to match the ribbon the Ugly Dolls. Finding attractive ribbon is not easy.

how to make diaper cakes

I didn’t end up using that thinner ribbon. I was going to use it to try and secure the Ugly Dolls on the cake. But it ended up looking like they were hanging from nooses. And really, that is way more subversive than anyone needs for a baby shower.

Step 14:
Wrap the decorative ribbon around the layers. I tied the ribbon in a knot in the back of the cake.

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Then wrapped the co-ordinating ribbon around the knot.

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Step 15:
Make a bow out of the matching ribbon and stick it on the top of the cake and make some long “tails” to hang down.

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There. Your diaper cake is done. Let the party begin.


Have you come here looking for a baby shower gift idea? Take a look at our Baby Registry Checklist and see if you can find some inspiration.

When Chris Jordan is not busy making a diaper cake, she’s just wonderfully busy. Follow her daily memoirs at Notes from the Trenches.

Chris Jordan
About the Author

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children. Yes, the...

Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children.
Yes, they are all hers.
No she’s not Catholic or Mormon. Though she wouldn’t mind having a sister-wife because holy hell the laundry never stops.
Yes, she finally figured out what causes it. That’s why her youngest is almost 6.
Yes, she has a television.

She enjoys referring to herself in the third person.

If you would like to submit a question for Chris to answer publicly, please do so to adviceforparentsoftweens[at]gmail[dot]com.

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  • jenB

    March 30, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Too fantastic for words. EXCELLENT work my friend.

  • Sharon

    March 31, 2008 at 9:34 am

    I’m inspired.

  • cristen

    March 31, 2008 at 10:19 am

    i knew you were crafty, but really. didn’t know you had it in you. fan-ceee.

  • Amy

    March 31, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Now, I have made a diaper cake or two in my lifetime, but I have never put champagne in the center–what a great idea! And great how to’s! Thanks!

  • crockpot lady

    March 31, 2008 at 10:29 am

    This makes me want to have more children so I can be the recipient of such an awesome gift.

  • liz

    March 31, 2008 at 10:44 am

    My mom was so upset when they started putting cartoon characters on diapers because her diaper cake was made up of one layer of disposable diapers rolled around each other with little baby socks made into tiny flowers and tucked in between spirals on the diaper roll. I’ve gotta show her this!

  • Stephanie

    March 31, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Curses! I just threw a baby shower for my sister two weeks ago, and I had no idea such a fantastic thing existed. Had I but known, I would have made one for her!
    I may just have to make her a cake still and sneak it in her house while she’s at the hospital, just for fun.
    Again, I remain as ever inspired by you.

  • The Simple Family

    March 31, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I am crafty…but the craftiness (AND THE MERE AMOUNT OF ELASTIC NEEDED) for this makes me want to throw up in fear.

  • Jamie AZ

    March 31, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    The bottle inside – brilliant!

  • Molly

    April 1, 2008 at 3:03 am

    The cake impresses me, and another thing that impresses me is that your husband actually cooperated long enough to take all those photos for you. My husband would have given up and gone to watch the soccer game long before I’d finished the project.

  • Maria

    April 1, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I almost wish I knew someone having a baby so i could do this. Well – there are some newlyweds at the office that should be starting families soon. Thanks for the great ideas!

  • jen

    April 1, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Yup! It’s the drink in the middle that makes this cake whoop the butts of all the other sissy diaper cakes! Thanks for the idea!

  • Brenna

    April 1, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    That hs got to be the coolest diaper cake I have ever seen! I want one!

  • Wendy

    April 2, 2008 at 6:15 am

    I will be using this as a gift instead of a center piece – AWESOME idea!
    Thanks for sharing –

  • Lottifish

    April 3, 2008 at 11:48 am

    I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a baby shower I have coming up. Can you tell me how many diapers you used approximately? I don’t know how many to buy.

  • n.b.

    April 4, 2008 at 9:23 am

    This is too much! Wish I’d made one for my likely-to-be-last baby shower. You are a creative genius!

  • Tracy

    April 4, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I’m guessing 90 diapers — am I close?

  • leanne

    April 4, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Just fantastic. I’m going to a baby shower very soon. I don’t think any new mom could get too many of these!

  • Leanne

    April 4, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I think I counted about 50 diapers.

  • missy

    April 4, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    How weird is this… I am throwing a baby shower TOMORROW. I had my 12 year old wrap all the diapers tonight and I figured i would throw the cake together tomorrow. I went on the computer before I went to bed and found your diaper cake. Guess what I have an extra bottle of champagne here and I will be hiding it in the middle. Great idea. thank you

  • chris


    April 7, 2008 at 10:55 am

    The number of diapers used really depends on the diameter of the platter, how tightly you wrap them, etc.
    I bought a package of 96 and I had some left over. But you can always just toss those into a shopping bag and hand them to your friend. They will not go to waste.

  • Tania

    April 10, 2008 at 3:49 am

    How wonderful! I want one. Unfortunately, we don’t do baby showers here in the UK. Looks like I’ll have to make one for myself (with cloth instead of disposables though!)

  • Mónica

    April 18, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Brilliant! I have to throw a couple of BS and this idea is fan-tas.tic!

  • lisa

    April 30, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Holy! This is awesome. My girlfriend’s who are holding my shower could never do something this creative..a centerpiece of poop is probably better than what they’d create. I’m making this for myself.

  • martha

    May 2, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    how cute

  • Cammie

    May 2, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Beautiful – a very classy presentation for a necessary gift. Wish I had seen this for the two baby showers I just threw! Oh well, there will be the births…

  • Debbie

    May 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    The cake looks awesome, I’m hosting a shower for my girlfriend and this will be the icing on the cake! lol Best of all was your sense of humour – I was rolling on the floor while reading this!!

  • gail

    June 30, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    My dtr will be having a baby shower in September and this is an awsome gift. I will steal your idea. Thanks a bunch. I luv this so much . Cannot wait to start this project.
    Love from the beautiful island of St.Kitts …now living in NJ

  • Angela

    July 4, 2008 at 10:19 am

    I love the editorial for the cake! You are hysterical! I will be making a diaper cake for my girlfriend and have been looking for ideas, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of alcohol in the center! And just FYI, Pampers Swaddlers makes a plain white diaper, (just a little character on the waistband in the front.) Thanks for the great ideas!

  • Sandy

    July 21, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks for another way to make a diaper cake. I use the receiving blankets as well but using tissue would really cut the cost down. I am on my 3rd diaper cake and am so addicted to them. As for the left over diapers, use them and make a diaper wreath, easier, faster and so much cheaper but more fancy than thowing the left overs in a bag. The wreath can be used for the hospital room door and then take home and place in the nursery. What a wonderful way to share our talents ladies.

  • followthatdog

    July 31, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    you are my new personal hero. I’m all for encouraging drinking after the birth of a baby. I think it is how I survived the infancy of both of my boys!

  • Georgia

    July 31, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    My sister just called me and asked me to make a diaper cake for a shower she is attending in August. I made one for my daughter’s shower almost two years ago…and I came online to refresh my memory on how I did it!!! lol These new parents don’t drink—so I’ll use something else in the center…..but your instructions are great and your humor had me chuckling! thanks so much!!!

  • MessyMom

    August 5, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    What great step by step instructions and photos! I saw one of these about 4 yrs ago and never knew how they made it. She hid little items in some of the wrapped up diapers, like rattles, outlet covers, pacifiers, etc. With her gift ideas and your instructions and my Mommy experience, I can now make the ultimate Diaper Cake!

  • WebDrops

    August 8, 2008 at 1:42 am

    woah!! this is excellent…. I mean the photo itself says it all… good one.. and easy to make… thanks for sharing…

  • CricketFamily

    August 8, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I wish someone would make that for me – a glass of bubbly after 9 months of juice is a damn fine idea 🙂

  • Karen Sugarpants

    August 11, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    This is awesome Chris! Bookmarking this for the next baby shower – thanks for explaining it in such detail. It’s way easier than I thought.

  • jazzeebee

    August 14, 2008 at 11:02 am

    this is a really nice cake! i make them myself:} i really like the bottle of wine idea,i myself have 6 kids, i sure wish somebody gave me a bottle for me instead of the baby!!!LOLOLOL

  • amy

    August 19, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    I have read enough diaper cake directions to help everyone. I got to yours and stopped. You are hilarious! Everyone else is so serious. You made me laugh today! Your remarks are so funny and histerical even if your not making the cake just sitting and reading this is enough. Thanks for being yourself. As far as the tissue paper idea, FANTASTIC! Oh yeah and make sure to brag on your husband! AMY

  • Peachy

    August 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    PERFECT!!!!!! I have viewed about a million of them on the Internet over the past few weeks and THIS is the kind I will make. I love your technique, great job! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Jennifer S

    August 23, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    The cake is adorable, but is no one else concerned about the idea of giving champagne to a woman who just gave birth and is most likely nursing her new baby?
    Breastfeeding and alcohol do not mix. I would have made it with sparkling grape juice instead.

  • Tiffany

    September 4, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    I can’t stop laughing….you really are funny! Love the side-bar comments!
    The cake is awesome! I have spent hours upon hours researching diaper cakes and this will be the one that I make.
    I’ll use a big ole bottle of Risling wine instead of the champagne…we aren’t that fancy!
    Thanks again!

  • littlemama

    September 6, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    what woman doesn’t need a drink after delivery???? this kicks so much…butt! i love that you actually used a real platter and covered the dipes with paper. i’m making one for bf this week with cloth and a super bottle of her poison of choice…chenin blanc!

  • DiaperCakeBecca

    September 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Oh my god….this totally cracked me up. I make diaper cakes all day, every day (my business) and I WISH someone would ask, just once, for some hard liquor (instead of Johnson’s Baby Bath) in the middle of one of them.
    I have some tips, though, to help your readers. First of all…Swaddlers are about the only PREMIUM diaper left that isn’t covered all over with the licensed graphics. They have one thin band of Sesame Street people but other than that the diapers are PURE WHITE. Those diapers can be rolled to form pure white tiers (hence…no need for tissue paper with those diapers).
    Also, to attach animals to the top….never underestimate the power of diaper pins. They tuck into tight diaper tiers and hold a lot of things pretty snug.
    And, for the record, I think there is nothing wrong with having a glass of champagne to celebrate the birth of your baby even if you are breastfeeding. Ask your doctor but I am pretty sure he’d be okay with it.

  • Elaine Leo

    September 26, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Nice diaper cake post. The moment I heard of diaper cakes, I thought it was a cake that can be eaten!
    Until I saw the pictures of diaper cakes, only then I knew it is a cake made of diapers, and it is a gift in baby shower.
    These are truly great diaper cake directions

  • Colleen

    September 28, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Marvelous idea – I’ve made ’em, but never with champagne or tissue paper. Genius!! As for putting alcohol in the center, do what you think you need to, but if someone is having a child, they should be responsible enough to think before they drink: Pump & dump! Toast that little one… If they could have bottled a slushy daquiri for me, I would have been ecstatic to celebrate with it! Wish someone would have done this for me!! 🙂 Thanks for the belly laughs as I read your directions – keep up the good work!

  • pat

    October 8, 2008 at 2:04 pm


  • Darcy

    October 12, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    ;o) This was just too funny… I love your style of presentation – very informative with good humor… I can’t wait to make my first cake..!!

  • Megan

    November 5, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    This is awesome! Love the idea of alcohol inside!

  • lea

    November 16, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Thats really sooooo cute, and its so nice of you to share this idea.

  • Amelia Wallace

    December 4, 2008 at 11:25 am

    This is great, can’t wait til someone I know has a baby! But how did you attach the cute toys on the outside-and where did you get them? Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous

    December 8, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Nice cake…you have inspired me….

  • Alison

    December 30, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for this great tutorial!! I posted this on my blog with a twist. A sexy cake instead. Thanks so much

  • Jess

    January 31, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    You are seriously funny …. i would take direction from you anytime. What else do you know?

  • valerie

    February 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks for the new ideas. I have done a couple of these cakes and used baby bottles filled with candy or chocolates but the alcohol sounds perfect…I am going to be a grandmother for the first time and will be doing one for my grandchild..I have all the baby pooh animals to use and the white tissue paper is the cats meow…perfect
    thanks a bunch

  • Diane Stewart

    February 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I just made my first diaper cake for a shower we threw for a male co-worker. (First grandbaby on the way) I asked his wife what her daughter’s theme was going to be for the little one’s room, and she said pink and brown ladybugs. So I hit Wally World, picked up some cute little wood cut outs, some paint, ribbon, and went at it. Actually my daughter wound up finishing most of it because she had so much fun doing it. Anyway, it was the hit of the shower and people are still commenting on how cool that was. I was in such a good mood after the shower was over, I stopped off and got me some alcohol, too.
    Thanks girl, you are soooooooo funny.

  • May

    February 27, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Wow – great diaper cake and excellent instructions – I followed them and finished my cake in less than two hours! and everyone loved the finished product – much neater than you’d see other cakes end up!
    And your comments are sooo funny! Cracked me up while I was making it :o)
    Thank you!

  • Melanee

    March 3, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Your diaper cake is beautiful. I just finished making a diaper cake last week for my sisters baby shower. I had found a very easy step by step video on making diaper cakes. I was able to make one in under 30 minutes, and it looked like I bought it foem the store.
    Here’s the link How to make a diaper cake

  • Jodi

    March 15, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    You are a rockstar.

  • paigenoell

    March 20, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    YOU ARE MY HERO! amazing amazing work and pictures! I am honestly grateful for finding this website! you rock my world! Keep up the wonderful work!

  • rachel

    April 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    OMG this is awesome – and so funny. thank you for sharing with all of us, and making it fun too 🙂

  • Evie

    April 13, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I got the idea from my daughter in-law
    she is making a few cupcakes also for decorations
    so instead of wrapping my gifts which is a lot of diapers for my up coming first GREAT
    grand daughter ( I have all boys ) I will make a cake as I went and got all the supplies wish me luck!
    Yours is fantastic I love it and thank you for sharing :

  • Adalia

    May 7, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    This is wonderful. I have made a few diaper cakes, but never with champagne in the middle. What a wonderful idea…I am making one again soon for my sister’s baby shower, and think she would LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing, and letting us steal your FANTASTIC idea!
    P.S. Great to know there are people out there with a sense of humor still too!

  • Adalia

    May 7, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    This is wonderful. I have made a few diaper cakes, but never with champagne in the middle. What a wonderful idea…I am making one again soon for my sister’s baby shower, and think she would LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing, and letting us steal your FANTASTIC idea!
    P.S. Great to know there are people out there with a sense of humor still too!

  • Lisha

    May 12, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Thanks! Worked great. I found it also good to get a bottle of champagne for yourself! 🙂 No reason not to have a toast in honor of the baby yourself! Also, instead of rubber bands, I used these tiny hair elastics that were actually cheaper and worked incredibly for the individual diapers. Found them at the local CVS (drug store).

  • Elizabeth Spencer

    May 17, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Cute- I’llpass it along. Picked you up from YouData

  • Tara

    May 24, 2009 at 10:01 am

    You are SO funny! This is great. Thanks so much!!! 🙂

  • Kimberly

    June 1, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Amazing & real…who ohhs & ahhs over diapers at a baby shower? The PARENTS! I mean, how many freaking blankets and pretty yet “useless” outfits do you need? Love the ‘real’ life stuff, champagne for the parents Yes! And the ‘Ugly Doll’ theme is perfect!

  • Reanna

    June 1, 2009 at 11:34 am

    This is great! I am not the one to usually through showers and my girlfriend knows it, but this cake fits my personality to have at a baby shower! Thanks!!

  • Julie

    June 1, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    What an awesome, awesome cake! I am now so excited to make one for my best friend who’s shower is in about 2 weeks! I’m doing it now. Thank you so much!

  • Cassi

    June 22, 2009 at 2:06 am

    Thank you for posting your step by step guide plus pictures. I am throwing my sisters baby shower on Sunday and couldn’t think of what to get her. Now I can’t wait to get started. I want one for my baby shower which is in July, hopefully someone is as creative as we are. Wonderful idea. Many thanks =]

  • Rachel

    July 27, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I love it! We don’t drink, but I would love one with a fancy bottle of sparkling cider (that almost tastes like booze). 🙂

  • Lorena

    August 17, 2009 at 1:16 am

    WOW!!!! Thank you sooooo much for sharing! Quick question???? How did you secure the stuffed “ugly dolls”? lol….

  • hollie

    August 25, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    love the demonstration! very good teaching.. up until the white tissue paper. i like it much better without. makes it look like a toilet paper cake.

  • Maria

    September 23, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I love it!!! my bf is having alil boy so I will be doing her a very very UNIQUE diaper cake 🙂 GREAT INSTRUCTION!!!

  • Jenn S

    October 9, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I finally had the opportunity to make one of these! Since the Pampers Swaddlers are all white (with only the yellow strip on the front band) I skipped the tissue paper. I also used extra diapers around the outer edge. I am really happy with the way it turned out. Even the hubby is impressed.

  • rebeca

    October 14, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    that was very great cake you did.

  • Lapel Pins

    October 24, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Wow, great tutorial!

  • Sele

    October 26, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Nice tutorial, now i know how to make an diaper cake =)

  • Chatty Gal

    November 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I really like the way you made your diaper cake, I have never seen one made with the bottle of champagne, or sparkling water.
    I have made diaper cakes with the cascading style as well as the bundles. I offer a free e-book on my site that shows how to make these styles. Thanks for the great instructions!


    November 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I did find that if you don’t have an extra set of hands that you can use your teeth! Great directions and mine turned out just like the picture, something I am not used to! Thanks!

  • Diane Gale

    December 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    wow thank you very much for posting your wonderful step by step guide. Great post thanks again for sharing it with us 🙂

  • kim

    January 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    My daughter in law appreciates a beer now and then.
    so I’m going to put a big beer in the middle since she said the other day ” I want a beer as soon as this baby is born”
    Please you all my daughter in law is also a heath nut so don’t think she is a big drinker or anything.
    Thanks for the idea.

  • Tina

    January 17, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I just made my first diaper cake. It looks awesome! It was easy and I had alot of fun doing it!

  • Sara

    January 17, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Now THAT is one heck of a diaper cake! It was the instructions that caught my attention but it was your wonderful sense of humor that kept me reading. If you can make diaper cakes sound this much fun, I can only imagine what your blog is like. 🙂

  • Heather

    February 10, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    These direction were so fantastic and my diaper cake was the favorite present of the party, everyone was so shocked that I had made it. Thank you so much for the champagne idea, my friend can’t wait to open that after she has the baby

  • Salmygal

    February 18, 2010 at 11:40 am

    This looks way better than any diaper cake I’ve attempted in the past. AND it was hilarious to read. I laughed out loud! Thank you!

  • Shannon

    March 20, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Thank you so much for the inspiration. Made a diaper cake this evening for a friend’s shower tomorrow. It is fantastic!!

  • Olivia

    January 12, 2013 at 6:39 am

    I can’t wait to make this for my friend! I have a feeling it will be much more frustrating and less fun than it was reading your instructions but I enjoyed that process very much 😉 I love the idea of the champagne bottle in the middle to hold it all together. Thanks for the inspiration!! 🙂

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  • Jessica G

    February 6, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Love it! I just finished making mine (with a bottle of pink champagne in the middle for a baby girl cake). Thank you for such a cool idea and easy to follow instructions!

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  • PJ

    March 25, 2013 at 2:54 am

    I am throwing a double baby shower so I do believe I will be doing 2 of these, one with champagne and the other with apple-cider!! I have not done one before but I do believe I can do this. Thank you for such an awesome idea!!

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  • Jessica S.

    August 17, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    This was a super, awesome, inspiring post 🙂 I just made this for a baby shower and it turned out beautiful! Thank you for the idea and the fab tutorial…

  • jean ferguson

    September 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I like the cake but also saw a baby buggy and motorcycle made with diapers,blankets and wash cloths and of couse toys and bottles .Great job!

  • Noemi

    October 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    The champagne bottle inside is a great idea for the center of the diaper cake because it holds everything together. It would be an even greater idea to not let the diaper cake recipient know about the bottle and just let them be surprised as they unravel the diaper cake as they use the items one by one 🙂 My company makes diaper cakes and we offer personalized voice greeting for the inside of each diaper cake gift!

  • Sushila

    March 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you so much for the fun and easy instructions. This was my first time and it was a super hit. I owe it to you.

  • indred

    May 19, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    The bottle of champagne, what a great idea. I make professional diaper cakes myself. Gotta think of how to make this option for my customers.

  • Nellie

    November 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I don’t know what I love more – your sense of humour or the champagne idea 🙂 Both are excellent!

    I am just rollin’ those diapers away as I type this and suddenly had a question – it might sound silly, but I’ve never made a diaper cake before – do diapers deform from the rubber bands in any way/shape or form? I bought size 2 in hopes that if my creation will look anything like yours, the new parents can enjoy having them around in the form of a cake for longer (I mean, if they have time to actually enjoy things, haha). 
    I mean, if they do deform, I will have to give the potential cake to my friend earlier than her baby shower day and help her demolish and unwrap it. Which I hope is not the case. Anyway, looking forward to your or someone else’s knowledgeable reply. 


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    May 17, 2015 at 12:03 am

    I loved this!  I linked this post to my blog.  Check it out if you would like.

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      May 17, 2015 at 10:50 am

      That’s really nice of you, Lynn.

  • pamela

    May 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Just made one of these, I can’t wait to take it to my sis in laws baby shower tomorrow!! Thank you sooooo much for this amazing idea!! 🙂

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    Awesome to cute n very clearly demonstrated

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    August 2, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    This blog made me laugh pretty hard quite a few times. Thanks for all the awesome tips on how to make a diaper cake. I found you on the first page of google (good job!) and loved your ideas with the tissue paper and thick white ribbon. I was bummed when I opened my box of 196 diapers and saw they were patterned on the outside! This solved everything.

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    January 10, 2016 at 1:52 am

    My daughter & I made this for my cousins baby shower today. It was a hit. We used a big bottle of Bud Light. Since that’s his favorite & he wanted to drink the bottle now. We had it chilled so he was happy it was a cold beer.

    Your instructions are the best & your cake in my opinion is the best & not tacky looking.

    This was our first time making one & it was so easy & fun.

    Thank you again.

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