Paper Diaper Cake Tutorial #2

Diaper cakes have become one of my FAVORITE things to make for friends and family for their baby showers. This past weekend, I helped host a shower for a friend in my old ward and thought it would be fun to make one for her. The nursery theme is jungle/safari, which gave me somewhere to start. After finding some Baby Boy/ABC/Jungle Scrapbook paper I was set. I used that paper as a building block for the rest of the cake and came up with this:

It’s kinda similar to the Diaper Cake Tutorial I did last year, but with different colors and themes which makes every cake different and personalized, which I LOVE. Follow the instructions below to learn how you can make a fun and practical gift as well. :)


– Diapers
– Rubber Bands
– Elastic
– Scrapbook Paper
– Glue Stick
– Embellishment Supplies (buttons, fabric, stencils, stamp pad)
– Hole Punch
– Scissors
– Sucker Stick
– Hot Glue Gun


1. Begin by rolling diapers with a rubber band.

2. Cut a piece of elastic that will stretch to the size of circle you want for your base. I used a 20 inch piece. Tie the elastic in a knot. Then start putting diapers in the elastic circle and filling it until it is the size you want. Repeat for the middle and top tiers.
3. Cut strips of scrapbook paper to go around the tiers. I used 4 inch wide pieces and used several strips for the bottom. I also cut 4 inch strips for the middle and top tiers. I then cut 1.5 inch strips to add to the
4 inch strips. Was kinda going for a “jungle-type” grass so I cut zig zags on top. I also “distressed” the edges with a brown ink pad and added the thinner strips to the 4 inch strips on the bottom and top tiers. 
4. After gluing strips together, wrap around cake and hot glue.
5. Cut scrapbook paper for embellishments on the cake. Since there were cute little stars all over the ABC Scrapbook paper, I decided to make some larger stars to use as embellishments. I found a star shape online and printed it in different sizes. I traced those on to different scrapbook papers, cut them out, and also “distressed” with the brown ink pad. I then hot glued them all over the cake and also bent the edges out a little bit so it was a little 3-D.
6. I also had some adorable cake stands that I got for free that  had little holes all around the bottom. I decided to punch some circles from different papers (and also distress) and the punched a small hole on top of each. I used some rings to add them all around the bottoms of the stands.
7. I then made the topper with one large star. I also got a pic of the daddy as a baby and printed it to add to the top. I made a nice scrapbook crown and added “King of the Jungle” to it. I taped it to a sucker stick and inserted it to the top tier of diapers.
Now, I understand that it’s hard to exactly replicate this cake, but it would be so easy to use some of these ideas to make a diaper cake for a friend implementing the theme you’d like to use for it.
What’s best about all of this is the cake is not only a practical gift, but can also be used as a center piece at a shower or as a decoration in the nursery.
What’s not to love about that?

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  1. 1

    SO cute! I love it! I've never made a diaper cake but I'm going to remember this one for the next shower I throw. :)

  2. 2

    This is really piles of sweetest cutest paper diaper I ever met!

  3. 3

    This is so cute! I wish I had some baby showers to throw!

  4. 4

    I made a diaper cake for a friend's shower and totally guessed at everything. How I wish I'd seen this tutorial first. I absolutely love the elastic idea! Genius! Thanks for sharing! I'll be ready for the next shower for sure!

  5. 5

    very creative!! I love it!! great job!

  6. 6

    Nuh Ugh! Get out of here! This is the best diaper cake I've ever seen!!!! I have to try this! THANK YOU! :) (sooooo many exclamation points)

  7. 7

    Oh my gosh! This is so cute! I LOVE IT! It looks great!

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  9. 9

    This is so cute! :]What is the tool and material that used to attach the circle cutout to the brims of each layer?

  10. 10

    That is just so cute! Love everything about it. Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I'll be featuring this tomorrow.

  11. 11

    I LOVE this take on the diaper cake. So clean cut!

  12. 12

    wow this is so cute! I've seen diaper cakes before, but yours is adorable!

  13. 13

    Awesome! I've made a few diaper cakes before and I love the idea of wrapping each tier in paper. Stopping by from Tickled Pink =)

  14. 14

    Oh I DO LOVE, now that's my kinda diaper cake – paper crafting remains my favorite hobby!

  15. 15

    So sweet! Love this!! I am visiting from Sumo's Sweet Stuff and I am a new follower!!! I hope you have a great week and that I see you around soon!!Michelle

  16. 16

    Having received a diaper cake (though not close to as cute as this one!), it is a little miserable unrolling all the diapers – and storing them isn’t super easy because they will not go back to being flat after this. Just FYI. I believe there are ways to do them where you keep the diapers flat.

    • 17

      I’ve seen some cakes where the diapers stayed flat, but I have also received several diaper cakes and have stored them in a small plastic bin, and they’ve been fine to use, but that’s a good reminder. Thanks!

  17. 18

    That diaper cake is just gorgeous!

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