How to Make a Diaper Cake for Beginners: Create Beautiful DIY Diaper Cakes in 5 Easy Steps

Learning how to make a diaper cake can be intimidating, especially if the baby shower is quickly approaching.

Don’t worry, building a basic diaper cake is easy. Once you have the foundation, you can easily add personal touches to create something amazing that will impress expectant parents, family and shower guests!

Step 1: Choose a Diaper Cake Template

You will need to know the shape of your diaper cake before you can build it. Check out printable templates to find one that matches the occasion. This will determine how you build the base for the gift. Most diaper cakes feature a wedding cake layout, but some are different. The Don’t Be Owly template, for example, features a shape and arrangement that will require a completely different basic layout.

Step 2: Decide What to Include in the Diaper Cake

Even though most people only think of diapers when they hear the term “diaper cake”, there are actually many items that are often used to build these beautiful baby gifts. Some people use bottles as the topper or fill the center with rolled up clothing or blankets. In order to know how to make a diaper cake, you need to know what you will include and where to put it.

Step 3: Build Your Diaper Cake Base

Begin constructing your diaper cake following the template instructions. A basic approach is to build the different sized layers by securing rolled up diapers with rubber bands. Also remember to read through all the instructions provided with your printable diaper cake template. Different types of paper may be recommended that will yield better results, especially when using colorful designs like our Little Ladybug diaper cake. It’s also helpful to know each step while learning how to make a diaper cake so you know what to expect before you begin.

Step 4: Add Diaper Cake Decorations

Once you have the main cake constructed, you can decorate it! Add your paper template components next so they are secured and in place before adding anything else. Directions are provided so you know how to make a diaper cake with printed décor. That being said, you can always add your own personal flourishes like rattles, bibs or additional printed items to customize the gift. Try printing multiple copies of your template so you can experiment with things like silk flowers, glitter glue, fabric, ribbons and other festive items that match the diaper cake theme or color scheme.

Step 5: Setup and Display Your Diaper Cake

Now your diaper cake is ready to display! While you have technically finished the project at this point, you could still add some additional accents to spice up the cake’s presentation. If you will be setting it up at the baby shower, consider adding fabric around the base or other objects and gifts that match the diaper cake template. Our Little Princess of Her Castle template looks exciting next to a plush unicorn while a stuffed monkey is a great choice for the Monkey diaper cake.

Make sure you carefully select where you display the diaper cake. Look for a location that is clearly visible to all guests during the event that also offers a beautiful but simple backdrop that won’t draw attention away from your hard work. Learning how to make a diaper cake is easy, fun and gives you a wonderful gift that you know will get a lot of use!

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