I have always had an issue with diaper cakes. I am a bit of a germaphobe, and to me diapers are a baby’s panties. And would I want MY panties individually touched, wrapped in a rubber band and put on display for all to see, and then wear them without washing them? NO!!! But this is exactly what we are asking little babies to do with diapers from a diaper cake. So, how did I come to make a diaper cake? Well it all began with the gift of the diaper bag.
You can’t very well give a diaper bag stuffed with goodies without having any diapers in there. So I made a diaper strap (using this tutorial) and bought a small pack of diapers. I only needed 6 diapers to put in the diaper bag, so that still left me with many diapers. I originally just planned to give the rest of the package to Jessica after the shower and that would be that.
Well a few days before the shower, I decided I needed one more decoration item. Knowing I had the almost full pack of diapers, I went to Pinterest to look for decoration ideas using diapers. Of course, a gazillion pins came up, and 99% of the pins were diaper cakes. Then I saw this one. Yes, it was a diaper cake, but I liked how each individual diaper was not rolled. So I decided to give it a try.
I knew I only wanted a single layer cake, so I searched my kitchen for a form and decided on a 12” skillet. And I, being the germaphobe, certainly wasn’t going to put the sweet little diapers right in the pan (even though it was clean) so I lined it with cling wrap. Then I followed the tutorial to get my diapers looking pretty. I ran out of diapers before it was packed tight so I looked around to see what I could find to fill in the center hole – and what fit perfectly? A brand new roll of toilet paper. Yes, the mom-to-be might think it a bit strange that I gifted her a roll of toilet paper, but Jessica knows me well.
The nice thing about the skillet was that it only came half way up the diapers, so it was easy to see what it was going to look like, and it was easy to tie a ribbon around the diapers once the cake was formed. I then removed the cake from the skillet and placed it on a cardboard cake round. I then glued a pink ribbon to a larger gray ribbon to wrap around the cake. I first used my fabric glue, but it did not dry pretty at all. So I did this again using a glue stick, and it worked perfectly.
I then wrapped the ribbon around the cake tightly – I used masking tape on the first end – sticky side on the ribbon,
wrapped the ribbon around, and then folded the sticky side over where the ribbons overlapped.
Then I cut the excess.
Next was the monogram that I made this using my Silhouette Cameo. I used a flower shape to cut the pink cardstock, a circle to cut the striped paper, and then cut the monogram using pink vinyl. I used the glue stick to apply the paper circle to the cardstock and then applied the monogram.
To apply the monogram to the cake, I placed another piece of masking tape behind the ribbon sticky side out and then stuck the monogram to it. This way nothing was stuck to any of the diapers.
Then I made a tissue paper flower to hide the toilet paper roll.
You can see the other items from the shower here.