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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Baby shower gift

My friend is six months pregnant. She is having two baby showers. One is a surprise she doesn't know about, the other her mother is having. An old high school buddy posted a photo of a diaper cake on her Facebook page last week when I was looking at the gift registry. I decided I wanted to make one. This gift fits me, I love to give practical presents. I want to make sure people use what I give them.

Never heard of a diaper cake? Neither had I.

What is a diaper cake? A diaper cake is a wonderfully creative gift for an expectant mother. It is a collection of diapers (either disposable or cloth) rolled and stacked together to resemble a traditional tiered cake. There can be 1, 2, 3 or more tiers. The tiers of diaper cakes are also garnished with baby care items such as bibs, pacifiers, baby socks, bottles, toys, and more.

After I decided to make one myself instead of
paying for one, I first went online to find diaper coupons. I found Huggies coupons for $3.00 and $5.00 off at Coupons.com.

I decided I wanted to add a couple of fun things. Baby wash, powder, shampoo and the like. I went through my coupons that are clipped but we won't use. I found two coupons for a dollar off Johnson's product.

I bought two packs of diapers. Size 2 and 3, they add up to 75 diapers.

Dollar Tree had silver wire ribbons that is more suited to something bridal than baby. I was thinking of taking it back until I saw this picture on the web at Amazing Diaper Cakes.

Isn't it lovely. After seeing this I am thinking of returning the products I have purchased
and getting maybe one more pack of diapers to make this one instead.

So far I have spent around $15.00 not including the baby care products. Two packs of diapers, two spools of wire ribbon and a clear plastic gift bag. I still need to get the cardboard separators. I have some boxes around the house. I will have to see how sturdy they are for usage.

How do you make a diaper cake? I found these instructions at Plan the Perfect Baby Shower.com. Go there for photos and other baby shower gift ideas.

Step 1. Ingredients for a diaper cake:
You can get all of these at a local baby supplies store. (You may need to go to a craft store for the ribbon)
• 60 diapers (depends on how big you make it) You can use either disposable or cloth - better find out what the expectant mother would like. You can use either white or patterned diapers.• Ribbon, 1/2 or 1 inch wide, patterned to fit the baby shower theme. Pink, blue, or yellow are good choices.• Ribbon, 1/4 inch to tie rolled diapers with• 36-60 small rubber bands (depending on how you want to "build" the cake• 6 large rubber bands• One 8-oz baby bottle or one large bottle of baby lotion• One 4-oz baby bottle• A cardboard or plastic cake platter• Cake decorations - for example, baby confetti, baby sock roses, artificial roses, etc.• Baby items - Pacifiers, bottles, lotion, bibs, receiving blankets, miniature stuffed animals, baby towel, onesie, wash cloths, baby hygiene products, toys, etc.

Step 2. Here we go: Let's build this cake one tier at a time.For the first tier, you will need about 35 newborn or stage 1 diapers. Unfold 17 of them and, one at a time, roll them up tight, starting from the front of the diaper and rolling it to the back. The tighter the better. Place a rubber band around the center after you roll each diaper up to hold it tight. These are the inner diapers for the cake.Take the cake platter and place the 8-oz baby bottle or large bottle of baby lotion in the center. Then place about 5-6 diapers around the bottle and put a large rubberband around the entire ring of diapers.
The picture to the right is what your cake will look like at this point:
Next, form a 2nd ring with the remaining 11-12 diapers by placing them around the 1st ring of diapers. Complete it by placing a large rubberband around the 2nd ring.
Now for the final ring of diapers for the 1st tier: Take 18-20 diapers, unfold each one, roll them up tight like before, but instead of a rubber band around each one, tie a thin, 1/4 inch piece of ribbon around the middle around each one. Then place them around the second ring to form a 3rd ring. Now take a large, 1/2 to 1 inch wide ribbon and tie it around the entire tier to hold them all together in a circle shape.
(Note, you could use just rubberbands around each diaper for the 3rd ring if you have opaque ribbon to hold the 3rd ring together. The important part is that no rubberbands are showing when you are done.)
All right! you have made the 1st tier. Here is what it should look like:

Step 3. The second tier is made much the same way, only instead of 3 rings, you will only make 2 rings of diapers. Just like the 1st tier, the inside ring will need about 5-6 diapers. Part of the 8-oz bottle will be sticking out of the 1st tier, so place your 5-6 diapers around it to form the 1st ring of the 2nd tier. The 2nd ring will need 11-12 diapers. Place a ribbon around each one of those 2nd ring diapers and hold them all together in a circle with the 1/2 to 1 inch wide ribbon, just like before.

Step 4. Third tier is easy!It is probably easiest to assemble this tier on a table and then place it on the rest of the cake after it is assembled. So, take a 4-oz bottle and place it on the table.Then take 5-6 diapers and roll them up like before and tie them with the thin ribbon.Then place them around the 4 -oz baby bottle and tie your wide ribbon around it to hold it together tightly in it's shape. Take the top tier and place it on the top.
Drum roll, please! And now for the finished product...
Your diaper cake will look similar to this one, with your own special twist! :]

Step 5. Now for the fun part:Add little baby items like Pacifiers, bottles, lotion, bibs, receiving blankets, miniature stuffed animals, baby towel, onesie, wash cloths, baby hygiene products, toys, etc. Place them between the folds of the diaper, tuck the larger items into the outer layer of ribbon.Add stickers and decorations to match the baby shower theme.Place a stuffed animal, such as Winnie the Pooh, teddy bear, Elmo, Demdaco angel, Precious Moments figurine, pair of baby shoes, or something else on top to match the baby shower theme.

And Voila! You're done and it's a masterpiece! Your baby shower diaper cake is sure to receive plenty of oohs and aahs.

1 comment:

  1. You know my sister does these as additional income. She usually charges 100.00 with about a 50 - 60 % profit (depending on what she buys). She has done different themes (like the one for an AKA) and will even add personalized pacifiers at an extra cost (she found a website that creates them). So far she does pretty good; check her out through our myspace page. Love your blog!!!