Diaper Cake Tutorial

Every baby shower you’re invited to, it’s usually a nice gesture to buy some diapers for the expecting parents. Generally, they host a diaper raffle, as every guest brings in a pack or box of diapers, you will be entered into a raffle for a cool gift basket or prize. This time around, as my small group of childhood friends are now entering parenthood, I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to make a diaper cake. And now I was finally able to do so!!

I myself, have received diaper cakes before, and from what I remember while deconstructing the diaper cake, I remember it was mainly rolled up diapers using rubber bands. After a few searches on YouTube and Pinterest, I started with the route of rubber bands, and ended up doing something to ease off the extra work for my friend when she get’s around to deconstructing my cake.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Rubber Bands
  • Diapers (I highly suggest NOT buying newborn sizes.) Aim for sizes 1-4.
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard/ Cardboard Box
  • Ribbon
  • 2″ Inch Decorative Ribbon
  • Other varieties and options of ribbon with your chosen color scheme.
  • Hot Glue Gun

Diaper Cake Toppers:

  • Tsum Tsum Characters
  • Faux Florals/Greenery Steams
  • Travel Size Diaper Bag Essentials
    • Powder
    • Baby Oil
    • Bath Wash

This was a very simple diaper cake, since I had a gift already, I wanted to add in the nice element of something handmade. The diapers were Huggie’s (Size 4) which could fit about a 14lb baby. It is a little big, but realistically, I’m sure my friend may not dismantle the diaper cake anytime soon.

My friends baby shower was a Disney Tsum Tsum theme, which is a craze started in Japan with of plush fluffy friends. I was able to find Tsum Tsum characters at my local Target, for about $4.95 each. You can also find a wider selection of Tsum Tsum’s at the Disney store. Since I knew she just started collecting Tsum Tsums, I wanted to go for just a pair of Tsum Tsum characters, because I didn’t want to get caught up into obsessing over collecting an entire collection or set. (I’ll leave that up to her the collector.)



  1. Starting with the largest tier (Mine had 3), grab 3-4 already rolled up diapers with a place a large rubber band. This will be the core of the bottom tier.
  2. Using gift wrap ribbon, reinforce this with a core with ribbon. (It’s best to use white colored ribbon to match with the diapers)
  3. Grab your scissors, and snip every diaper that has been tied with ribbon, and them remove large rubber band.
  4. Gather more rolled up and rubber banded diapers, and build around the core set your just completed.
  5. REPEAT Steps 1-3 for all tiers.The method of using the gift ribbon, and cutting away the rubber bands, will give the diaper cake a cleaner and less messy look, as the parent’s to be take down everything, and actually want to use the diapers.


Bottom Base:

For each tier, the diaper cake sat on round cut out piece of cardboard, which I made out of the diaper box. I simply took 2 different sized plates and traced them, creating 3 different sized bases for each diaper tier.

I found a cute pair of Peter Pan & Tinker Bell Tsum Tsum characters. It was the perfect pair to top my diaper cake, because I already have some gold decorative ribbon, something neutral, something I already had, and budget friendly for me to focus on the gift items vs. buying more craft supplies. Something I cherish very much when crafting/creating. Using material’s I already have. It’s all about repurposing!!!


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