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I love a diaper cake. Really, I love anything babies, not as much as having a baby, but pretty close. Sometimes it can be kind of bitter sweet making them for other people, but ultimately I enjoy making crafty things for other people. I have been taking a different approach to diaper cakes lately and I am certainly loving it! Instead of the traditional baby items, I have been getting inspired by all the cascading floral cake designs I love so much. That is what I did with this one and while there is still an adorable sock-t-pus on top, I love the paper flowers and the colors. It would make a great centerpiece for any baby shower!
The materials you need are:
- FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Cake Forms in 8, 10 and 12 inches
- Diapers (I used about 75 newborn, you would need less as the size gets bigger)
- Rubber bands
- Elastic or 3 LARGE rubber bands (to go around the cake forms and diapers)
- Ribbon (get in the floral department because it is cheaper)
- Scrapbook paper
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Cake topper (search the baby store for your favorite soft item that goes with your colors)
To get started, you need to roll all your diapers. I roll them with the color on the inside so the outside is all white. Then I secured it with a rubber band.
You need a bunch of diapers.
Then I put the elastic around my FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Cake Forms, I used elastic because it was something I had on hand and I don’t know where to easily find large rubber bands. The cake forms are another secret because they give you size and support without having to buy stock in diapers. 75 diapers is already a quite a few, imagine if you had to fill in the middle! It is up to you but the elastic worked fine for me. If you are using elastic, measure it to the perimeter of your form, cut and glue the ends. Then put it back on your form and start tucking your diapers in between the form and the elastic. Do this to all three cake forms. I like to leave them wrapped in plastic so the foam and the diapers don’t stick together like velcro.
Once they are all covered in diapers, I glued the layers together with my hot glue gun. It is starting to look like a cake at this point!
Next comes the ribbon, I measured it to fit and glued it to itself in the back and then added a few extra dots of glue around making sure to only glue the ribbon to the elastic and not the diapers themselves.
At this point, it was time to decorate with flowers! I just used some of the basic flowers off Cricut Design Space and layered and folded them to give them a bit more dimension. I arranged them until I had a look I was happy with and made sure, again, to only glue them to each other and the ribbon. I don’t want anything glued to the actual diapers because you want to make sure the mommy to be can actually use the diapers when she is ready.
On the top, I cut an 8 inch circle from a coordinating paper to put under my plush character. The piece of scrapbook paper got glued to the form and the sock-t-pus is pinned in to the top. In the back I make a little note that says exactly how many pins I used so that the mommy to be can make sure she gets all of them out before giving to baby.
I love the final product and that it looks a bit different but still fun and still girly. You could easily coordinate your flower colors to any shower and it would be equally as cute in navy and gold as it is in lavender and copper.
What is your favorite baby shower gift that you have gotten or like to give? Let me know in the comments below.