Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Diaper Cake


I made this and a taggie blanket for a very sweet expectant mom. It's so lovely to make pretty things for wonderful people, isn't it? After two boys, she's having a girl. I decided to go with a bug theme, using the butterflies on the invites for inspiration. It's a gender neutral theme, too. The baby shower was so much fun. I was so glad to be a part of it.

Here's how you do it...

Materials:
Diapers - size 1, you'll need the 100 + count
Big piece of corrugated cardboard
Aluminum foil
Grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/2 inches wide
Wood shapes or artificial flowers (3)
Cellophane
Curling ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue

Instructions:
Cut out a big cardboard circle. I used a big platter as a template. I covered it with aluminum foil.
I used size 1 diapers, since babies grow out of the newborns so fast.
Fold diapers in half and group into three's, tying together with curling ribbon.
Arrange the sections with folded sides out.
Tie sections to each other with ribbon.
Once you have a nice circle that covers your cardboard base, fill the center with diapers.

Begin a second tier using the same method, but make smaller.
The top tier is a little trickier. I alternated two diapers tied together with individual folded diapers. This helps better control the roundness. But don't stress too much; it all comes together with the grosgrain.

Wrap the bottom layer with the grosgrain ribbon. Make it snug. Use opaque ribbon to hide the curling ribbon. Glue ends together with hot glue. Repeat with other layers.

I picked some adorable little bugs to decorate the layers and cover the overlapped raw edges of the ribbon. You can also use large fake flowers like gerber daisies, as well. Adhere the embellishments to the ribbon with hot glue.

Wrap that sucker with cellophane and tie off with curling ribbon. This makes a really big statement without much expense. The ribbon was about $4. The wooden cut-outs were about 6o cents a piece. Altogether, it costs about $30 to make. It can also make for a nice centerpiece at a baby shower.

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