February 1, 2012

No Roll Diaper Cake Tutorial

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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.
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  1. Oh my word!! I literally just made a diaper cake yesterday for a shower I have today and I rolled stupid diapers until I was blue in the face!!! I wish I would've seen this sooner! But now I know for next time! Your cake turned out great!!! Oh and thank you for stopping by my blog, All In A Day, and for your sweet words about my "mini pallet" art. You are so right...I can stick this bad boy anywhere. The options are endless! Have a great rest of your weekend! xoxo

  2. Your diaper cake looks really cute. I make them the same way but I use different size cake pans for all my tiers.

  3. Brilliant!!! Thank you SO much for commenting on our diaper cake post, cause I would have struggled and struggled had I not seen your pot and pan method. It's nice to know I can do this alone, if necessary ;)

  4. The little onesie you put on the cake is so adorable!

  5. Thank you! I really wanted to make a diaper cake for my friend's shower for a centerpiece decoration, but I didn't want to roll every diaper up and use a hundred rubber bands. This looks just as wonderful as the other variety, but is much less tedious!

  6. So much easier!!!! Thank you!!

  7. So much easier!!! Only took me 10 minutes for a three layer cake!! Thank you!!!

  8. Thank you for this great & quick idea for making a diaper cake. I want to see more photos of ones that you have made!

  9. I just did this in 20 minutes! You saved me rolling! Want to share what worked for me.....

    SPRING FORM Pans!!!
    Just turned them upside down and release!

  10. Used My Spring Form pans-flipped them over after tying- worked great! Saved me soooo much time!

  11. Made this yesterday using your wonderful photos--so easy! It was my first diaper cake. Thanks for posting. :)

    1. Thanks! I'm glad you found this tutorial helpful. Diaper cakes make great gifts!!