Diaper Cake – getting started

I am hosting a baby shower this weekend, and I decided to make a Diaper Cake to place on the gift table as a centerpiece.  I did this for a shower I hosted about 3 years ago, and afterwards I had SO MANY people ask me how I made the diaper cake that I decided that this time around I would do a DETAILED blog with step by step instructions.

diaper cake supplies

Diaper Cake Supplies

To get started, you will need some disposable diapers, rubber bands.  I also like to get an tray to use to put the cake on to make it easier to move around.  If you don’t want to use a tray, you could cut a piece of cardboard the size you will need.  This tray is about 16″ in diameter, and I will be making a 4 tiered cake.

How many diapers do I need for a diaper cake?

How many diapers will you need?  Well, that depends on how many layers you want to do on your cake.  I have done a diagram of how many diapers I used on each layer.  The numbers represent how many diapers you need for each layer, so if you were making a 2 tiered cake you would need a total of 26 diapers.  Three tiered cake would be 64 diapers total.  The four tiered cake I am making will need a total of 127 diapers.  I suggest purchasing a case of diapers if you will be making a larger cake.

diaper cake tiers

I like to use the size 2 diapers.  The size 1 diapers seems so small, and depending on the birth weight of the baby, they could outgrow them very quickly.  Size 2 is for a baby from 12 – 18 pounds.

I do like that most diapers will indicate right on them what size they are.  In the diaper in the picture to the left, you can see there is a 2 in the circle.

Let’s get rolling

The next part of the process is the most time consuming . . . rolling up all of those diapers!  I like to take a stack of them when I sit down at night to watch television and roll them.  It is something that you can do without much thought so it is good “television work”.

roll diapers cake

I start by placing the diaper down with the printed image up.  The printed images are on the front of the diaper.  Then starting at the bottom I roll it up like a jellyroll and place a rubber band around the center.

Now, if the image that is printed on the diaper happens to match the theme of the Baby Shower, and you want to roll them so the front side is showing, that is fine . . . I have seen some done this way also, but for my purpose the image would clash with the theme of the shower so I like to roll them to have a nice white diaper and then I can decorate it with any colors and images I want.

Once you have several rolled up you will have a pile like this . . .

diaper cake supplies

The next step is building the tiers of the cake.  Because I don’t want this post to get too long, I will show you that part tomorrow.

This project can be found on Pinterest by clicking HERE.

Diaper Cakes – Getting started
Diaper Cakes – Building the Tiers
Diaper Cakes – Adding the Decorations

See all of Shawn’s Diaper Cake creations HERE.

21 Responses

  1. Ughh… Like a "to be continued" movie!!! 🙂 Can't wait to see the rest tomorrow!! GREAT tutorial!!



  3. You can use a wine bottle or a cardboard tube in the center. This will help the diaper cake keep its shape. BTW, your blog background is very cute.

  4. Very helpful. I have been looking all over trying to find out how many diapers go in 2 – 4 tier cakes. Thanks!!!!

  5. This is the first one I have ever made and this has helped me out soo much. I'm making it for my wife. That's right this is a guy making one. Lol. Thanx agin for the help.

  6. Thanks so much for the great instructions and the diaper estimation chart. I just made my diaper cake and your diagram was right on. Thanks again!

    1. I have used size 1 and size 2 diapers. They are smaller so the cake does not get too tall. Also, if you use a bigger size the parents are just going to have to store them until the baby is big enough to use them.

  7. Thank you! Hope you don't mind but I linked your blog when I posted I was making mine.

  8. Thank you so much for the detailed instructions!
    my family had a bit of a baby boom, and I made 4 cakes using your instructions.
    After my third cake the book mark on my tablet ended up deleted and I almost cried thinking I would have to use someone else as a reference.
    So glad I found you again

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  10. oh poop, I tried to comment and it didn't work 🙁
    Just wanted to say THANK YOU for posting this tutorial. I got pegged as the crafty girl at work (not sure why) and was asked to do a diaper cake for a baby shower… they showed me this GORGEOUS diaper cake from etsy and asked me to replicate it… I was like uhhhhh *panic* but then I found you and it's all good, because this wasn't nearly as difficult as I expected it to be!!! Thanks so much!!! I am planning on posting a pic of my diaper cake to my blog and OBVIOUSLY linking to your tutorial!!!!!

  11. Thanks for this tutorial…I especially love that you put the amount of diapers needed and the pointer that size 1 would be better than newborn…awesome…making one for a shower next week,

  12. Some people put a roll of paper towels in the middle so you don't have to use so many diapers, it also helps to make it more sturdy. Just a little extra advice. 🙂

  13. On this blog i get lot tips to make a diaper cake step by step so am very appreciate to you for this struggle .Thanks!

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