This guide will help you on how to make a crib diaper cake on your own. It includes the materials and procedures to follow. A DIY project that is great for baby showers, birthdays, or as a gift for new parents!
You can use this guide with any size of diapers – from newborn to size 4s. So no matter what size they wear now, they will always be able to enjoy this fun craft!
Materials You Need:
- Foam Board (to make the cake)
- Knife or kitchen shears to cut foam board.
- Wire, ribbon, or raffia to tie the diapers in a bundle
- loops for hanging on the crib.
- Marker and pencil for writing instructions on cake top.
- Crayons, markers, stickers, etc. for decorating your diaper cake.
Gather your materials together. You will need at least 50 newborn-size diapers (or any other size you want) as well as wire, ribbon, or raffia (to hang it). It is also helpful if you have some scissors nearby!
Finally, find an old cardboard box – this can be any shape but needs to measure 25 inches by 12 inches by 17 inches tall. This should only take about 15 minutes of prep work before moving onto step two!
Cut off one side of the top flaps of the cardboard box, then cut out a rectangle on one side of the bottom flaps.
Place your diapers in the cardboard box and place them close together so they are all touching each other – this will be for support when it is hung from the crib or shower curtain rod!
Whip up some ribbon loops to hang from by cutting small pieces of wire (about 12 inches long) tying two ends together with a simple knot. Thread halfway through the loop created at the top to create an easy way to hang. Tie knots onto both lengths of wire before threading into the next loop. Keep going until you have enough loops hanging down that can hold the weight without breaking!
To make the bow, cut a long ribbon in half and then tie an overhand knot to create loops on both ends. Cut about two inches from each end of the bow. Thread one loop through another side of the opposite loop (threading it back into itself) with some slack between them – this will be what you use to hang your diaper cake!
Tie knots around all diapers except for the center row before hanging up so that you can place bows onto top easily without having to pick up the entire cake every time for placement!
Place bows loosely at first and adjust by tightening as needed until they are evenly spaced apart. Once finished tying ribbons around the final row, give everything a gentle shake or tug downwards if needed.
Grab a diaper and twist it into the shape of a ball – almost as if you were going to make an origami star, but with more than one piece! Place your thumb in the middle and use all fingers on that same hand to hold onto the edge of the newly created “ball”.
Gently pull away from the center until the ball starts forming. Pinch together every few inches or so along the lengthwise crease line (so that there are no pleats) before placing back down on the cake for stability. Repeat with remaining diapers until the row is complete.
Repeat steps six & seven for each row and then hang up the next tier by threading ribbon loops through the top loop again! Once tiers have been hung up, place on any diaper cake “dressing” and ribbon or tulle bows before presenting to a new mom!
Decorating Ideas for Crib Diaper Cake
- Use a different color of ribbon for each tier
- Wrap the top loop with tulle or ribbon before hanging up on the next layer to spruce it up a bit
- Cut out and use “Happy Baby” tissue paper confetti in lieu of ribbons and bows
- Use baby clothes or fabric scraps to wrap around the tiers of the cake
- Stagger elastic bands and use them as tiered ruffles at different heights on your diaper cake instead of using ribbons. You can also cover these layers with a paper doily in lieu of wrapping it with ribbon
- Be creative! Partly fill the diapers up before you start stacking them so that they will hold their shape better when placed inside the tier (works best for round shapes). Experiment by including things like balloons, pacifiers, rattles, or other decorations into each layer
Don’t overfill your cake – if there’s too much weight on top, it’ll be harder to move around without spilling everything
Wrap your cake in a diaper sheet before gifting it to contain any mess.
Hopefully, this post was helpful in giving you some insight on how to make a crib diaper cake. If not, feel free to reach out, and we’ll be happy to help answer any questions!