Do you even know that babies from the time they are born up to the age of 3-4 go through almost 2500 diapers , Yes you read it right? They literally consume that many diapers just in a few years. Any couple who just give birth to their child knows that diapers just immediately become the focal point of your house once you have your newborn baby.
So why not make these diapers as a centerpiece of your baby shower? And how about a full cake made up of diapers?
Do you know that diaper cakes have become a trend in baby showers? When I say diaper cake it doesn’t mean that it is some sort of edible cake instead it is a complete set of nappies that are arranged in the form of cake to give it a beautiful and attractive look. By looking at a diaper cake you might think that it needs a lot of time and expertise but actually it is quite easy to create than you expect.
This blog will help you to know everything about diaper cakes. So Keep Reading!
What exactly is a Diaper Cake?
Actually a diaper cake is a cake-like structure which is made with diapers and then it is covered with decoration pieces like stuffed animals and flowers. This cake has basically 2 or 3 tiers of rolled diapers that are wrapped with cute ribbons to make it similar to icing on a cake.
While making diaper cakes you can also customize the design by matching it with the theme of the baby shower. Although a simple cake like structure is just fine but many people like to make these diaper cakes that are in the shape of cars, motorcycles and even unicorn or animals which are by the way some of the most famous choices.
Why you should make a Diaper Cake?
If you are planning to host or to attend a baby shower, the idea of making a diaper cake is always good as well as thoughtful. Not only these diaper cakes are affordable centerpieces of any baby shower but these are practical as well.
New parents just need too many diapers for their child so this cake can be a cute as well useful gift for any soon-to-be mom. You can also add various other diapering products in the cake like diaper cream and wipes.
How many diapers one should have while making the cake?
The answer to this question mainly depends on the size and shape of the cake that you prefer but for any ideal cake, you probably need around 30-60 diapers.
You can also calculate the number of diapers by figuring out width of the bottom of the cake and by estimating that how many diapers will be needed to build that base.
From that point, decide that how many tiers you want to have. For instance if you want to make three-tier cake then the bottom layer will have 32 diapers and the middle layer will have 16 diapers with 8 diapers on top.
How to make diaper cakes?
Although these are commonly available on any online platform but if you want to save money then you can make it on your own at home. Although it will take a little time but it will also help you save money.
Below are the items that you should have for making the diaper cake:
- Rubber bands
- Ribbons of different color
- Clear stretch jewelry cord
- Ribbon, stuffed toy or board book as a cake topper
- A cake plate or a sheet of cardboard
You can also include other items like teething rings, baby wash, wipes, bibs, baby lotion or any other stuff inside the diaper cake to add more meaning to it.
Below is the step to step guide to help you build your own diaper cake while sitting at home
Prepare the diapers
Always try to start with this step. Although most of the cakes are made up of disposable diapers you can also use cloth diapers and that depends upon the parent’s preference. It is suggested to consult the parents and ask them about their preferences before making the cake.
One by one start rolling the diapers tightly, always start from the front of the diaper and then roll it towards the back. Once you are done doing this, secure it with the help of a rubber band.
Build the base
For the base, cut one piece of clear stretch jewelry cord with the help of a scissor in order to fit it to the circumference of the base layer of the cake.
Once you are done with that then put items like lotion, baby wipes or stuffed toys in the middle of the cake plate or cardboard and then insert the diapers and create a circular shape with the help of those diapers.
Now wrap the piece of jewelry cord all around the diapers to keep this base layer intact.
Build the second layer
Now add the next layer of these rolled up diapers and then again wrap a piece of that jewelry cord. Always make sure that all the diapers that you are putting in it are close to one another.
If you notice gaps between the diapers or any other exposed rubber bands then make sure to secure it with a piece of ribbon.
Decorating the cake
After completion of the tiers decorate them with the help of teething rings, stuffed toys and all other small but useful baby items.
If the gender or name of the baby is known then you can also use that in the cake. The main focus while making these diapers cakes is to make it practical as well as eye-catching.
Diaper cakes are now trending and most people while hosting or attending a baby shower prefer to add these cakes in their gifts because not only these are attractive but also you help the parents a lot by giving them these types of thoughtful gifts.