Hi there! I’m FINALLY able to get this diaper cake reveal/tutorial posted. Well, first of all, I’m noticing my crazy hair (my hairstylist granddaughters are always wanting to fix it – “Abuela! Your hair is crazy! We are going to fix it for you.”) LOL!
Diaper cakes are a fun way to decorate a room for a baby shower. But where do I begin? If you would love to make one but didn’t know where to start, I’m going to do my best to break down the process for you. Although not all of the products I use came from the Dollar Tree, you could literally recreate a similar cake using all Dollar Tree products. Here’s a detailed list of the products used, where I got them, and possible alternatives:
- Diapers (Dollar Tree a/k/a DT)
- Plastic storage containers (small, medium, large) (DT)
- Rubber bands (my craft room – can be found at office supply or DT)
- Ribbon (gray – 3 in. — polka dot – 1 1/2 in.) (Jo-Ann Store)
- Elephant topper (DT) (bought one went back few days later to get more and they were gone!) (*you can use DT’s stuffed animals, baby accessories, toys, etc.)
- Baby rattle (DT-party section)
- Clear dessert plates (DT)
- Glue gun/glue sticks (my craft room – find at craft stores/Amazon)
- Doilies (small one – DT/large one – Michaels)
- Tulle (my craft room-previously purchased at DT)
- Tonic (Tim Holtz) Scissors (my craft room – find at craft stores/Amazon)
- Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine (my craft room – find at craft stores/Amazon)
- Doily dies (KSCraft/Ali Express)
- Elephant image (Etsy)
- Cake board (my craft room – find at craft stores/Amazon)
- Turntable (Ikea – find at Amazon)
- Charger plate (Amazon – RoRo Classic Acacia Wood Charger in Whitewash Stain, 14 Inch Set of 4 – you can use charger plates from DT).
- White candle holder – (Target – DT has clear glass ones)
- E6000 glue (my craft room – find at craft/hardware stores)
- Popsicle stick
- Art Glitter Glue (my craft room – find at craft stores/Amazon)
Many diaper cakes contain rows and rows of diapers or they use a paper towel roll in the center. They work but can get expensive with the amount and brand of diapers you use. You can create the same look with a round storage container that has straight sides (that is the key) as your base. Most containers have a curve to them but you can see here that these are straight up and down. I found these containers in the Dollar Tree and while in the store I tested the sizing by basically stacking them to see which sizes would give the appearance of a layered cake.
Start off by turning the containers upside down and hot glue them to each other to form a 3-tier cake (be careful that you are centering them). Then, take the diapers and roll them up and put rubber bands around them. To get an estimate of how many you will need stand them up around the cake – always better to have more than you need ready than not enough. The reason is you will want to start an assembly line of hot gluing them around the largest container. Once finished with the bottom, start working on the medium one.
We now need to find a filler for the space between the middle and top tier. My sister-in-law came up with a great idea of using tulle to fill the space. I took the tulle on my cardboard and cut it all the way through on one side which now gave me perfect size squares. Since I had the hot glue gun ready to go I decided the fastest way to get them attached was to hot glue them. So I took 4-5 squares of tulle, folded them so it would give some fluff to it, grabbed the folded end, put hot glue, and attached it to the smallest plastic container. So I didn’t burn myself (which has happened many times), I took a popsicle stick and used that to push the tulle to the container.
Once you are finished you can glue down the clear plastic plate. This will form the base for the Elephant topper to sit on. Make sure you put something heavy on top of it so it will stick together since there is a slight indention on the bottom of the container.
The ribbon can offer a chance to include your color scheme but it will also cover the rubber bands. So the next step is to start attaching the ribbon. I used a I put a small line of hot glue on inside of ribbon and started wrapping around cake, trying to keep as tight as possible (was difficult with my hand hurting). I did not put glue anywhere other than at the beginning and the end to close it. This gave me a chance to straighten the ribbon which, as you can see, is crooked and a little loose. Then I did the same thing with the polka dot ribbon – only gluing the beginning and end.
Now it’s time to put the topper on. Take the small doily and glue it down on the plate. Next, glue the elephant topper on top. Then it’s time to put the dies in the machine to get the doily shapes cut. If you don’t have a machine like this you can always take a Dollar Tree doily, attach a small piece of white poster board behind it to give it strength, and glue it on. Once you are at this point, you need to make sure the ribbon is straight and add a small bit of hot glue on inside of ribbon in different spots so it stays up and doesn’t have a bunch of gaps in between.
We are at the home stretch. Let’s attach a bow and glue the rattle on. If you are not sure about how to make the bow there are many YouTube tutorials or you can always purchase a pre-made bow. Now it’s time for the elephant image. I cut around the image as close as I could get so all you could see is the image. Another option would be to take the Dollar Tree cardboard centerpieces, cut the image out and glue it on or you can always attach a baby accessory or toy.
I hope you enjoyed this reveal/tutorial and decide to make one yourself. If you do, I would love to hear about it. If you have any questions please leave a comment below. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss any of my posts. Thank you so very much for joining me. Have a blessed day! Jo :o)
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.Psalm 127:3