How to make a diaper cake

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!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Diaper Cake

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
  • tulle
  • 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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The final tier is just one layer deep of 6 diapers.
  7. 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.
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