How to Make Diaper Cakes: 18 Adorable Ideas

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Diaper cakes are the hit, still, to give moms to be to help celebrate their new baby, but with professional diaper cakes costing around $100.00, you might find yourself wondering if you can create your own. With a little bit of patience, you can create your own DIY diaper cake with this guide on how to make diaper cakes as well as diaper cake ideas. 

It’s no surprise that giving diapers at a baby shower is one of the best gifts you can give a new mom. I mean with babies going through over 2500 diapers in the first year you could say they will be very appreciated. 

But giving a box of diapers might seem very underwhelming to you. That’s why giving a diaper cake is a great idea!

The great thing about diaper cakes is that they make great centerpieces for the baby shower! So if you are throwing a shower and have all the baby shower games picked and all you have left is the decorations think about creating this very useful centerpiece to fill the table. 

What is a diaper cake?

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A diaper cake is a structure that resembles a cake that is made of diapers. It is then covered with smaller baby items or ribbon to tie it all together. 

The diaper cakes can be the baby shower theme but most often they are just simple and decorated for a boy or a girl. 

Of course, if you want to get creative you can do a zoo, car, princess, or any theme that fits the new mama’s style. 

How to make a diaper cake

While it may seem complicated, creating a diaper a cake is actually quite simple with the right supplies and patience. 


  • Cardboard
  • Double-sided tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Sparkling cider
  • Diapers
  • Decorations / ribbon
  • Hot glue

Instructions to make a diaper cake

  1. First, you will want to glue your sparkling cider to the middle of your cardboard. 
  2. Roll up 64 diapers and then rubber band them. 
  3. Take 32 of your diapers and arrange them close together around the bottle. Be sure to evenly distribute them around the bottle. 
  4. Once you have them where you want them, take your twine and tie them together. Be sure this is in the middle of the diapers. (Don’t worry, it will be hidden). 
  5. Next, create your second layer on top of the first. Use 16 diapers. 
  6. Again tie this with the twine. 
  7. Repeat the process of arranging the remaining diapers (8) and tying them with the twine. 
  8. Wrap the bottom layer of your cake with ribbon to hide the twine. You will want to use a thicker ribbon for this. 
  9. Repeat this process for the second and third layers. 
  10. Add your decorations. 

It’s that simple to make a diaper cake. 

18 Adorable Diaper Cake Ideas

There are so many adorable diaper cake ideas that you can create. Try one of these great ideas! 

  • Princess
  • Motorcycle
  • Ballerina
  • Elephant
  • Shark
  • Owl 
  • Disney themed
  • Unicorn
  • Jungle
  • Star Wars
  • Baby duck
  • Bath Themed
  • Boat
  • Fondant Themed (covered in fabric)
  • Book Themed (for the book lovers)
  • Harry Potter
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Snowman

FAQS when it comes to making a diaper cake

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With so many questions out there on how to make a diaper cake, we thought it would be a great idea to answer all the frequently asked questions when it comes to creating diaper cakes. 

What size diapers do you need to create your cake?

Many people think you want to use newborn diapers to create your cake. I like to use size 3 diapers. Be sure whichever size and brand you use that you find ones that are white. 

How many diapers do you need for a diaper cake?

The amount of diapers really depends on the size of the cake that you create. You can expect to use anywhere from 38 to 64 for a three-tiered cake. 

To determine the exact number of diapers you need you will want to decide how wide you want the bottom layer. A common amount is to use 32 diapers. You will then halve this amount for layer number 2 (16) and then halve it again for the top layer (8). 

What do you put on a diaper cake?

You can pretty much put anything you would like to fill a diaper cake. If you are creating a theme cake you will want to stick with items that go with your theme. But if you are creating a generic diaper cake you can add bath toys, shampoo, lotion baby powder, washcloths, etc. On the top, you can add a small toy or a stuffed animal. 

Do you use the diapers from the diaper cake?

Some wonder if you actually use the diapers from your diaper cake. The answer, absolutely. You will want to undo the diaper cake and lay them flat so that they can become flat again so they are easier to use. 

What do you put in the middle of the diaper cake?

When creating your diaper cake you need to put something heavy in the middle. You can use a shampoo bottle but another great idea that I like to use is a bottle of sparkling cider for the mom and dad to be to drink to celebrate. 

How much does it cost to make a diaper cake?

It is certainly cheaper to make a DIY diaper cake than to buy one. Professionally made cakes can cost close to $100.00 or more. But you can create your own for the cost of diapers, a few decorations, and some simple craft supplies. 

Now that you know how to make a diaper cake you can be the talk of the next baby shower you go to with one of these fun themed cakes! Which cake are you thinking about creating? Share in the comments below! 

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