How to Make a Crib Diaper Cake

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! There are so many reasons to love diaper cakes. They’re creative, they’re practical, and they make a great baby shower centerpiece or gift for new parents.

How to Make a Crib Diaper Cake

This guide can be used 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:

  • Diapers
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • 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.


Instructions On How to Make a Crib Diaper Cake

Step One

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! I would also recommend doing this project in an easily sweepable area, as the project can get a bit messy.

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 along the dotted lines in the template. These are measurements for the box that you will be converting into a mock-up of Danbo’s body. Please use caution with sharp objects, like X-acto knives and scissors!

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. Fold the cardboard along the cut lines. Tape the bottom flaps together to form a nice, clean edge.

Step Three

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!

Step Four 

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!

Step Five

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!

Step Six

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!

Marker and Pencil for Writing  Instructions on Cake

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.

Step Seven 

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

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.

You Can Check It Out To Make a Cylinder Shaped Cake

Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Use for the Base of a Diaper Cake

Many people choose to make their diaper cakes because it’s cheaper, and the result is something that they are proud of. However, if you’re not into making your own, then there are many places online where you can purchase a pre-made diaper cake.

What Is the Point of Diaper Cakes?

Diaper cakes are a form of celebration. They can be made for any occasion such as birthdays, holidays, or even to celebrate a new baby. Some people choose to make diaper cakes out of diapers because they are easy to find and inexpensive. Diapers are usually available in large quantities from daycare centers and hospitals, where newborns will often wear them during their stay.

Do People Still Do Diaper Cakes?

Yes, people still do diaper cakes. They are an old tradition that is celebrated with a baby shower. It is usually a fun way to help decorate the nursery for the new arrival and create an adorable decoration for the mom-to-be.

Use a Different Color of  Ribbon for Each Tier

The first step to making a diaper cake is by getting diapers from friends or family members. The next step would be purchasing cloth diapers and putting them in a large box, so they don’t tangle together.

After you have your diapers ready, you can start cutting them into smaller pieces of fabric that will go on top of each other to make the cake’s surface layer. Next, you can put something like pipe cleaners on top of it to give it shape and add some color before adding a simple ribbon around it for finishing touches.

What Is the Best Size Diaper to Use for a Diaper Cake?

The best size diaper to use for a diaper cake is the one that is closest to the baby’s weight. The average weight of a baby at birth is about 7 pounds, and some say that it can go up to 10 pounds. This means that the best size diaper will be somewhere between 6-10 pounds, which would mean 3-5 diapers.

What Is the Purpose of a Diaper Cake?

A diaper cake is a decorative cake made out of diapers that are usually put on the ground as a gift. It can also be used as an alternative to a “surprise” baby shower, and it was first seen in the United States in 2010.

The purpose of this cake is to make your baby’s birthday special and unique by surprising them with something they have never seen before. The diaper cake can be customized based on your child’s personality or interests. For example, if your child loves dinosaurs, you could make their diaper cake look like one from Jurassic Park.


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!

Jennifer Branett
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