This past weekend was my cousin’s baby shower and it was extremely cute and fun! My mom, aunt, cousin and I made tons of baked goods and got lots of cute decorations for it as well. My soon to be little cousin’s nursery is M&M themed, so the shower was as well! All the treats were M&M colored and of course we had the actual candies.
Aside from the treats, one of my favorite things about going to baby showers is getting to see the mommy-to-be open all the gifts! Let’s face it, most baby clothes are way cuter than adult clothes (if only they made them adult sized!). Over the past 5-6 years my mom and I have gone DIY with our gifts (and to be honest they are ON POINT).
You are probably wondering what you could possibly DIY for a baby shower gift (other than those gorgeous hand knitted/crocheted blankets). Two words my friends: Diaper Cake. Yes a cake made of diapers. Ours have typically been four layers and are full to bursting of cute nursery themed toys, onesies, receiving blankets, bibs, etc. They make great gifts, and great centerpieces for the gift table! Check out the instructions below to create your own!
Diaper Cake Ingredients
- 6, 8, and 10 inch diameter pans or circular tupperware (cheesecake pans are perfect for the larger two)
- Large pan or circular laundry basket (at least 12 inches in diameter)
- Box of at least 100 newborn/size 1 diapers
- Stuffed animal/topper
- Receiving blankets
- Toys/teething rings/pacifiers
- Travel sized baby soaps, lotions, and baby powder
- Ribbons in nursery color or theme (⅜ inch and 1 inch)
- Sewing pins
- Rubber bands
Start assembling your cake layers, with the bottom of the diapers on the outside of the layers. When the layer is full take a rubber band and wrap around the layer to keep its shape.
Once all the layers are assembled it’s time to start decorating! For this particular cake we couldn’t find any receiving blankets in the M&M colors so we wrapped each layer in a ribbon and used our M&M onesies as the “frosting” for each layer. For the other cakes we’ve made in the past we’ve used a receiving blanket (folded at an angle) to wrap the base layer, and the onesies and bibs to wrap the subsequent layers, then put the 1 inch ribbons over top. To keep the ribbons and onesies in place we used the sewing pins.
Once you have the layers sufficiently “frosted” you can stack the layers! To stack the layers and keep them from tipping use half of a cardboard wrapping paper tube in the middle of each layer.
After the layers are stacked use your ⅜ inch ribbon to tie the travel sizes soaps and toys to each layer. Use additional sewing pins to keep ribbons in place if needed. Finally use pins to top your cake with a cute little stuffed animal!
Have you ever made a diaper cake before? I’d love to see photos! Or if you have any other fun baby shower DIYs, I’d love to know what they are so I can try them out for the next shower I go to!