How To Make A 3 Tiered Diaper Cake

Gorgeous 3 Tiered Diaper Cake Pictorial

Hey Gang! Seems like everyone is having a baby right now, at least all my friends are. If you’re like me, you want to bring something that is functional and yet stunning. My specialties are Diaper Cakes – because, what new mom doesn’t need diapers?!

My love affair with making diaper cakes goes waaaaayyyyy back to when my Sister-in-law, Libby, was having her first baby. Gosh, that’s about 10 years ago! Obviously, over the years I’ve perfected the making of the diaper cake – my first one (for Libby), although pretty, was not very stable. It was the leaning tower of diapers, actually. As I made more and more of them, I would tweak my method here and there until I finally have one that I am satisfied enough with to share a How-To with y’all! So, here we go!

What You'll Need:

These are the items that you will need to build a gorgeous diaper cake that will WOW all of your friends!

  • A HUGE box of diapers – the box I got had 132 size 2 diapers.
  • Cake Boards (this will make your life easier – Trust me! I buy the 16″ from Hobby Lobby.)
  • Glue Dots (I like the bag of 125 3-D Zots that I get from Hobby Lobby)
  • Ribbon (I buy two spools of 1.5 in x 3 yd – you’ll have left overs)
  • an 8 pack of baby wash clothes
  • Tissue Paper for the paper flowers (if you’re doing a boy cake, you can leave this off)
  • Floral Tape
  • Mini Baking Cups
  • Wooden Dowel Rods (you can find these in the baking aisle in Hobby Lobby)
  • Embellishments – I usually hit up the scrap-booking area!


Start by rolling your diapers

Ok, so I forgot to mention that you’ll need rubber bands, yarn, or curling ribbon – this is to hold your diapers together while your are building your cake. I personally like rubber bands. I just feel that they hold better and you can stretch them to your need, but I forgot to buy them. If you’re wondering what rubber band can possibly be large enough to wrap around the 16″ circumference I’m hereย to tell yaย that a rubber band from a punch balloon is the perfect size! But, because I forgot to buy my rubber bands/punch balloons I had to improvise and I have PLENTY of baby yarn around the house!

Diaper Cake instructions

As my cake gets bigger, I tie my yarn looser so that I can add diapers as I go. You’ll basically follow this method for every tier of your cake, just smaller as you go up (obviously).


Building a Diaper Cake. Instructions with pictures.

Here’s a short video of how I spiraled the diapers.

Glue dots are the secret! They make all the difference, y’all! I know that the mom’s who have received my diaper cakes have cussed me out as they take the thing apart to use but, as I always say, PRESENTATION IS 90% OF EVERYTHING! Seriously though, this will make everything look better. What you have to do is stick those bad boys on the bottom side of your diaper cake spiral. I generally use about 8, four on the inner spiral and four on the outer part of the spiral. Then tack your cake round to the glue dots.

Glue Dots are the secret! They make all the difference, y'all!

You’re going to follow the same instructions to build your second tier. See, here’s where the wooden dowels come in handy! This really helps to stabilize the tiers. You’ll be happy you did this. ๐Ÿ™‚

Building an absolutely gorgeous diaper cake

Carefully slide on the third tier on the wooden dowels.

Three Tiered Diaper Cake

Now its time for the ribbon! Tack on the ribbon with those glue dots! This will keep your ribbon from slipping, sliding or even falling off. I go a little crazy with the dots here.

visual Diaper Cake instructions

Paper Flowers

I think the paper flowers really make the diaper cake pop! It adds color and pizzazz – an eye pleasing touch for not a lot of effort or money! It’s all in the details, folks!

What you are going to do is fan fold two or three sheets of tissue paper.

making the paper flowers

Fold your fan folded papers in half, long ways, and then cut. You’ll fold that half in half and tie a piece of yarn around the center. Round off your ends to give your flower a nice scalloped look. Now, gently separate your sheets – fluffing them as you go.

Paper Flowers

One down, two more to go! Glue dot them on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Paper Flowers Add Some Pizzazz to a Diaper Cake!

If you’re making one for a baby boy and don’t want to make the flowers you can glue dot on some bottles, pacifiers, or other items that you think mom can use for the baby… Maybe an airplane… I actually made a diaper tricycle for a friend who was having a boy… Maybe that’s my next tutorial!

Wash Cloth Rosettes!

Here’s a video of how to make the wash cloth rosettes… It’s easier just to show you!

Finished Product

Add your scrap booking embellishments as the finishing touch! I love these because they already have adhesive – no muss no fuss!

Well, there you are! What do you think?

Three Tiered Diaper Cake Pictorial

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About Corinne McNab

I’m a forty{something} mother of four wonderful, clever, and witty daughters, wife to an AWESOME husband for twenty{something} years, formally a SAHM (for 4 yrs), but am now a working mom who tries my very best to be a “good mom” – some days are better than others. On my down time, I love to read, find crafts, recipes, and decorating ideas on Pinterest, bake and, currently, learning how to use my new camera. I’m loyal to a fault and rock head stubborn. I’m a lover of aprons, lip gloss, and all things pretty… My blog is a journal of the wild, wacky, and weird things my kids do and everything else that falls between from the perspective of a not so domestic house wife.

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