Super Sweet Diaper Cake

My lovely friend Kelli had a baby shower today, and I was in charge of the decorations. We chose a simple vintage/garden party theme with shades of pink and turquoise to coordinate with the colors of baby Whitley's nursery. I decided to make a really cute diaper cake for her shower to get the ball rolling for the party decorations.

This is my second diaper cake (see my Very Hungry Caterpillar diaper cake here), so I had a little more confidence this time. I wanted to try something more grown up and less cutesy. The idea was to make it look more like a wedding cake than a diaper cake, but I had to be creative because I didn't want to buy any new supplies. I was able to make this using things that I had, except for buying the diapers.

Here's what I ended up with:

And here's the mom-to-be with the food spread and the diaper cake!

In case you're itching to make one of your own, here's how I went about it.

I started with a big water bottle for the center structure of my cake. You can also start with a tall bottle of baby shampoo, baby powder, etc. I wanted to do an oval shape this time, so I started off with a layer of rolled diapers (secured with rubber bands) and arranged them around the water bottle. To keep those diapers together, you take a rubber band and wrap it all around the layers, pulling them toward the water bottle. After my initial layer of rolled diapers, I decided to go with folded diapers for the rest of the first layer. That allowed me to create the oval shape.

Yes, I like to eat Oreo Cakesters while I make diaper cakes.

The next step is to cover the outside with something. Some people use ribbon, paper, fabric, etc. I used some Anthropologie wrapping paper I had in my craft room that looks a lot like burlap. I cut it into strips and wrapped it around the layers, securing it in the back with clear tape. Hot glue probably would have worked a little better, but the tape held up fine.

That was looking a little blah, so I decided to wrap some twine around the layers for a little added interest.

I don't have pictures of this part, but I made a bunch of tissue flowers and hot glued them to the cake. I went for an ombré effect, fading from light to dark pink.

How to make a tiny tissue flower? Cut a two inch x 8 inch strip of tissue paper, and accordion-fold that strip. Once folded, cut one edge into a point so that the petals are pointed. Then unfold the paper and form it into a flower shape. Trust me, it doesn't have to be perfect!

Lastly, I cut a strip of white cardstock, added a scalloped edge and hot glued Scrabble pieces to the cardstock to spell out the baby's name.

And voîla, you have a really adorable diaper cake!!

PS. The cake gets REALLY cute when you put it on an actual cake stand. It really helps the presentation!

I'm excited to share with you the other easy party decorations later this week. I have to thank Pinterest for all of the inspiration! :)

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