Monday, August 24, 2009

Secret Project Revealed

Well M's Baby Shower is over so I can reveal my big secret project. For the first time ever I made a Diaper Cake. No this is not real cake in the shape of a diaper but it is 3 tiers of diapers wrapped together to create a cake like image. She went with the Winnie The Pooh theme so I tied it in. Personally, I think it came out fabulous.

It was really easy to make and I had fun doing it. It would be great for centerpieces at a baby shower or just an added bonus for the mom to be.

Here are the supplies you will need to get started making your diaper cake centerpiece:

•Approximately 50 medium size disposable diapers. The cake I completed used 54 diapers, but since diaper brands vary in size, I'd keep a few extra on hand just in case. Plus, you can always give the extras to the mom-to-be.
•A large platter on which to build the cake. I purchased a 14" disposable cardboard platter from Michael's.
•Approximately 70 feet of narrow ribbon for tying the rolled diapers (1 ft. per diaper), and tying together the tiers.
•Approximately 8 feet of 1" wide ribbon for finishing the tiers.
•One tall baby bottle.
•Adhesive tape for the larger outside ribbon.
•Assorted baby necessities such as pacifiers, teething rings, combs, brushes, rattles, bibs, etc.

This next step is the most time consuming portion of this project.

•Cut 48 feet of the narrow ribbon into one-foot lengths.
•Decide whether you want the printed decoration on the diaper to show on the cake. If you do, roll each diaper from the fold outwards, keeping the decoration on the outside. If not, roll with the decoration on the inside. I rolled mine in so it would only show white.
•Tie each rolled diaper with a length of narrow ribbon.

You will be creating three tiers for this cake. It would be helpful during this part of the process to have an extra pair of hands helping you hold things together as you tie. Although I was able to do it without assistance.

They say to begin with the top tier but I started with the bottom and worked my way up.

•For the top tier pick something to stick out to top. I chose Winnie The Pooh but you can also use a bottle. Stand five or six diapers around the object and tie them tightly around the bottle with a length of narrow ribbon.
•Create the second tier with approximately 15 diapers. Once again, tie tightly together with the narrow ribbon.
•Create the third, and largest tier using approximately 27 diapers. To make the tying simpler, first tie an inner circle of diapers together. Then stand the final row of diapers around this circle and tie once again.

Now you're up to the fun part.

•Place the largest cake tier on the platter. They recommend using several pieces of adhesive tape on the underside of the diapers, tack them to the platter but I chose not too. I was afraid the tape would rip the diapers.
•Place the second tier on top of the bottom tier.
•Place the smallest tier on top and attach as you did the other tiers.
•Tuck the various baby accessories inside the ribbon, all around the cake. Make sure they fit snugly, and tie with more ribbon if necessary to keep them from falling off.
•Finish the cake with the one-inch ribbon wrapped around each tier to help secure the accessories and provide a finishing touch.

It was really easy to make although time consuming.


Girly Green Girl said...

Wow Annie, that came out beautifully!

Kim said...

I wish I had seen this earlier! I went to a shower yesterday and would have loved to put something like this together! Looks Great!!

Annie MacKenzie said...

Thanks! I love how it came out and it was fun! I hope to make more in the future ladies .. wink wink!