How to Make a Boutique Style Diaper Cake





Introduction: How to Make a Boutique Style Diaper Cake

Diaper cakes make beautiful baby shower gifts or centerpieces. These are instructions on how to make the beautiful spiral shaped diaper cakes for baby showers. They do not use any adhesives or elastic bands inside the cakes and are very easy to make.


Supplies Needed To Make Diaper Cake:

All ingredients can be found at Craft Stores such as Hobby Lobby, AC Moore or Wal-Mart

Diapers Of Your Choice (25-30 diapers per tier)
Cake Pans In The Same Size As Cake Tiers
Standard Sizes For Tiers Are 12", 10", 8"
3 Large Rubber Bands
Cardboard Cake Tray (12")
Ribbon (4 yards for 3 tier cake)
Tulle Or Cellophane (3 yards)

Step 1: Place Diapers in Sturdy Cake Pan

Use a sturdy cake pan in the size you want and place a handful of diapers inside.

Step 2: Fan the Diapers

Fan the diapers against the side of the cake pan holding them securely with your hand.

Step 3: Continue Adding Diapers

Keep adding more diapers until you fill the pan.

Step 4: Add Rubberband to Secuare Tier

Slide a larger rubberband carefully around the entire tier.

Step 5: Fill the Middle

Either save a hole in the middle for hidden baby gifts (you can roll up a cute baby gift or soft blanket and insert it down the middle of the finished cake) or you can fold and roll a couple of diapers to keep the middle solid.

Step 6: Flip Pan Over

Flip the entire cake pan over and lift the pan off so you are left with a tier of diapers.

Step 7: Repeat With Each Tier

Repeat the process for each diaper cake tier. Use different size cake pans for a beautiful diaper cake.

Step 8: Tie a Ribbon Around Each Tier

Tie ribbon around each tier and remove the rubberband by cutting it off after the ribbon is securely tied.

Step 9: Wrap Cake in Tulle or Cellophane

Wrap cake with cellophane or tulle to keep clean and give a beautiful presentation.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions...

Step 10: 101 Things to Do With a Diaper Cake



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thank you for making this site free to us crafter who want to learn, your cakes are beautiful

I like the scalloped look, too.....but always feel it looks better without curling ribbon. Grosgrain and satin are nice. You want the diapers to be visable....not hidden underneath all that ribbon!

As far as the hole in the middle of a diaper cake....the bottom tier should be packed TIGHT with diapers to make the entire cake stable. Thread a receiving blanket through the hole of the top tiers (but it should still be tight with diapers) and have a bear or other plush animal hug it up on top (diaper pins help with making the animal hug the blanket!)

I am a professional diaper cake maker.....and the red and yellow cake that was posted looks VERY nice.

-Diaper Cakes by Becca

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here is a site you will like she makes lot of diaper cakes and I love her bootie cake it's Thoms crafts and good luck

You can use many things in the middle to hold the layers together. The simplest thing to me is any empty paper towel roll. I put rolled up diapers inside it to re-enforce it. You can also use a baby bottle or bottles of soap, lotion, or powder. OR like others have said you can put a blanket thru the middle of the layers.

this is were I run into a problem I can never get the diapers to look right

I've made two diaper cakes with the "individually rolled" method (actually I took pics and have been meaning to post an instructable). But this method looks easier so I will try it for my next one, and in the hole that is left in the middle, I would put something that goes through all three layers to hold them together, for instance a baby car sun-shade. Also, I would decorate the outside with cute little baby goods.

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guys, any idea how i can make a cake out of sanitary pads, I want to make a mommy to be a cake like this made of maternity pads, regular pads and disposable underwear and put all the stuff a newly mom would need when she goes to the hospital to give birth like Personal Hygiene items a such as Lip Balm, Socks for mom, nursing pads, tooth brush, tooth paste,deodorant, a brush and comb, and a hair band or barrettes, . Please help, !!!


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follow the instructions to make the layers the use 2 cake plates and 4 columns to separate the tiers.( cake plates can be bought at Michaels or any where that sells cake decorating supplies)

This is really nice tutorial. I make professional diaper cakes myself. You can see my work at

Thanks for the tutorial! I am also a professional diaper cake maker and use mailing tubes glued down to the cake base for a sturdy construction. This will withstand the cake is you need to ship. A nice finished look instead of using glue for adhering the ribbon is to tie the ribbon in the back.



Whatever may be the thing regardless I can say that this is one of the best theme for a baby shower program. The boutique concept is a natural and good concept. Hope the party would have been great. Baby Shower party is one of the best memorable moments for the mother-to-be and also for the family. These themes will also be required in the future for any Baby Shower program.

awww, i wish a saw these free instructions earlier...i actually bought a video lol! if you spread out the diapers a little bit more, you'll use less. i only use 70 diapers for a 4-tier cake. costco sells the big bix with 210 inside, so you can make THREE cakes!


Your diaper cake is absolutely gorgeous. Its not exactly a 5 tiered diaper cake, its a 6 tiered diaper cake! Only one of the tiers is lifted without diapers. Do you have instruction on how to make a diaper cake like this? Thanks

THANK YOU SO MUCH! these instructions were great and helped me make a great cake for my friend. I think this method is much nicer looking than the individual rolled look and it saved me a ton of dough on buying one! I am sure I will be making tons of these in the future! Check out my pic!