Diaper Cake Tutorial

So, I had entirely planned to post everything about Charbel’s Baby Shower last week, but some things came up, and I just ran out of time. But there were a few things I wanted to share still, especially this tutorial on how to make a diaper cake.
DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial

To be honest, I’ve always been intimidated by diaper cakes. I’ve seen them at parties before, and of course, on Pinterest, but I always thought they seemed so hard! However, when we decided to make one for the baby shower, and I started researching how to make them, I realized just how easy they are. I think one of the most useful gifts a new mom can get is diapers, and this is such a fun way to give that essential item.

We set out to make a diaper cake that looked like a Cat in the Hat hat, but it ended up looking more like a Fourth of July one. But that’s okay! These “cakes” are so easy to customize according to whatever theme you want, and are sure to be the hit of any party. These instructions will make a four layer diaper cake, so if you want it smaller, just use less diapers!


  • 100-120 size one diapers
  • Ribbon (in two different colors, one being a larger width than the other)
  • Some type of platter or round cardboard to place it on
  • Wooden dowels or skewers
  • 100-120 regular sized rubber bands
  • 5-10 extra large rubber bands
  • Miscellaneous baby items (we bought the Johnson and Johnson baby travel kit, a bib, a teething toy, and small baby wash cloths)
  • Pipe cleaners (optional)
  • Pins or double-sided tape

Step One:

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial


Open up the box of diapers…obviously! We bought Luvs, because Daniel and Charbel like that brand, and they happen to be a little cheaper than other brands. I saw that the Walmart brand was even less expensive for the same amount of diapers, and that is actually one of my favorite brands of diapers. With that, feel free to buy whatever brand you like!


Step Two:

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial


Roll the diapers. We found it easiest to do a bunch at a time, rather than just one at a time. It made assembly go much quicker. Start at the end of the diaper that is closed (so, the bottom) and roll forward to the other end, making sure it is a tight roll. Secure with a rubber band. Repeat with all the diapers.

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial





Step Three:

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial

Now, assembly begins. We weren’t sure how many layers we would end up making, so we started with the top layer. Place one diaper in the center, and put seven diapers around it. Place a large rubber band all the diapers to keep them in place. Set aside.

Step Four:

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial

The second to top layer will be the base for every additional layer you will do. Start by grouping together four diapers into square-like shape, and put a rubber band around them. Then, put 10ish more diapers around those four diapers, and secure with a large rubber band. This is the perfect size for the second layer.

Step Five:

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial

Start by making the same layer from step four, and then just put another “ring” of diapers around it. Continue to rings of diapers until you reach the desired size. For the third layer, we did one more ring, and for the last layer, we did two more rings.

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial


Step Six:

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial


Place the bottom layer of the diaper cake onto the tray or piece of cardboard you selected. This makes it easier to transport, and a little more stable.

Step Seven:

DIY Diaper Cake TutorialPlace four wooden skewers or dowels into the bottom layer of the cake. Place them an equal distance apart, about two rows in. Be careful not to poke through any of the diapers.

Step Eight:

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial

 Carefully place the next layer of diapers over the dowels, making sure that the dowels go through an empty space, and that they aren’t visible on the outside of the cake. Repeat with each additional layer. If the dowels or skewers you have aren’t long enough to reach the final layer, just put a few more in, starting at the second or third layer, to help keep the top in place.

Step Nine:

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial

 Take the ribbon that has the largest width and wrap it around the bottom layer of the cake, making sure to cover the rubber bands. Overlap the fabric about an inch, and cut.

Step Ten:

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial

Secure ribbon in place with pins or double-sided tape. Repeat on each level.

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial

Step Eleven:

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial

Take the next kind of ribbon, and starting at the bottom level, wrap around the first ribbon and secure in place.  Repeat with each level.

Step Twelve:

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial

 This is optional, but we just took pipe cleaners, wrapped them around a finger to curl them, and place them on the diaper cake randomly. It turned out looking so cute!

Step Thirteen:

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial

Add all the extras! If you didn’t buy extra items to put on it, then you are done. Otherwise, just place them wherever you think they will look nice.


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