I recently co-hosted a The Very Hungry Caterpillar baby shower for my sister. I’d always wanted to try my hand at making a diaper cake and decided this would be the perfect time to give it a try! It was SO much easier than I expected it to be. Not only that, but my The Very Hungry Caterpillar Diaper Cake got a lot of compliments too! Today I thought I’d show you how to make a diaper cake, (easily!) too!
Supplies Needed For A Diaper Cake
As I mentioned (and it’s pretty obvious) you’ll need diapers. You also need:
- a paper towel roll (or two) or a cardboard roll from gift wrap
- another large piece of cardboard to use for the base
- a hot glue gun
- string or ribbon
- tiny rubber bands (I used the little ones my girls use in their hair)
- items to decorate the cake
How to Assemble A Diaper Cake
See photos below to watch the progression of the diaper cake. Here are the step-by-step written instructions.
- The first thing you need to do is cut a piece of cardboard into a circular shape. I used a bowl to trace for my circle. You want your circle to be approximately 14 inches. I happened to have a piece of red cardboard that worked perfectly!
- Using a hot glue gun, glue the paper towel roll (or wrapping paper roll if you’d like it to be taller) to the circular cardboard piece.
- Roll up each of your diapers and then wrap a rubber band about 1/4 of the way down from the top to hold them in place.
- For the bottom layer of the cake, you’ll use 36 diapers total. Put 6 diapers around the tube and then secure them together with ribbon or string. Once the 6 diapers are tied together, cut off the excess string and remove the rubber bands from the diapers. Next, place 11 (rolled) diapers around the initial 6 diapers, again, securing with ribbon and removing the rubber bands. Lastly, place 19 (rolled) diapers around the 1 diapers, secure with ribbon, and remove rubber bands. This completes your bottom tier.
- For the second tier, you’ll have two layers of diapers: 6 diapers, followed by 11 diapers, just like you did for the bottom tier.
- The final tier is just one layer deep of 6 diapers.
- On my diaper cake, I used tulle to secure the final layer of diapers on each tier. I liked the look of that over ribbon, but you’re obviously welcome to use ribbon if you prefer that look.