I've grown quite fond of assembling diaper cakes as baby shower gifts. Pregnant gals luvvvv diaper cakes - I know I did. When I was pregnant, I was lucky enough to receive not one, but two diaper cakes, from co-workers and friends. (THANK YOU GIRLS!!)
Personally though, I don't have the patience for making the traditional rolled diaper cakes. It's just a little too tedious rolling diaper... after diaper... after diaper. (Not to mention the mother-to-be has to unroll each and every diaper. ) When I make diaper cakes as gifts, I use a quick and simple, no-roll technique. The no-roll technique is an easy, no fuss method of assembly without individual tying, or rubber banding. This technique will save you a ton of time.
What you'll need:
Three round pots, pans, containers, etc.
Diapers - 60ish diapers (half a box) for an average sized cake
String or three large rubber bands
Optional: One wooden dowel
Tip: Check the baby registry for diaper brand preference.
What you'll do:
1. Gather three round pots, pans, or containers of various sizes.
2. Start with the largest layer. Place a stack of diapers into the pan with the folded edge facing outwards (you want to hide the colored waistband in the center of the cake). Continue adding diapers to the pan, a few at a time, until the entire pan is filled.
3. Use a string, rubber band, or anything you have, to temporarily secure the diapers within the pan. Then carefully remove the entire layer of diapers. (Don't worry, the string won't be visible in the final product.)
4. Repeat the process with the remaining two layers.
5. Stack the three layers. I like to insert a wooden dowel through the center of the cake for structural support, but this is optional. Be careful though, you don't want to rip a diaper while inserting the dowel.
6. Wrap decorative ribbon around each layer fastening in the back with glue or staples. At this point, you could remove the temporary string, but I like the extra support (and it's hidden behind the green ribbon, so who cares?)
7. Now it's time to decorate your cake! Be creative. You can add anything as "frosting." I choose books and bath products to flank the sides and an appliqued onesie and baby toy as the cake topper.
Tip: Use any cake stand (from the kitchen) to display your diaper cake during the baby shower.
Here's a few more I've recently made....
Twins Diaper Cake
Belly Sash Diaper Cake Click Here
And if cakes aren't your style maybe you'd like to try a diaper WREATH. Click here for my diaper wreath tutorial.