It's a complete joke, considering the talents that some of my coworkers have!
Putting all self-deprecation aside, we are throwing a nautical themed baby shower this month for one of our girls, and I was asked to make a diaper cake. What's more, the lovely lady that asked me to do it showed me a picture of a gorgeous cake off an Etsy listing that could serve as my inspiration.
I have never made a diaper cake.
I did not feel good about this.
So what did I do??? I hit up Pinterest, of course. Thankfully I stumbled upon this 3-part tutorial from Crafty Chics.
Part 1 covers your planning stage, how to roll the diapers, how many you need, etc. Part 2 covers building/assembling the tiers of the cake. Part 3 has some tips on decorating the cake. I was so grateful for the tutorial - I realized doing this was not going to be nearly as difficult as I had worried it would be.
So, check out my finished product!
The ribbon and little trinkets came from Michaels. The sign on the middle tier I made using my Silhouette Cameo.
If you are new to crafting with your Silhouette, there are 2 great tutorials you can look over for some help -- printing and cutting here and text to path here. This was my first successful print then cut, so I was proud of it.
There was really only one thing I did that was quite different than the tutorial. She mentions using size 2 diapers. I actually ended up using 1s, 2s, and 3s. I always buy 2s and 3s because I feel like people get overloaded on newborn and size 1 diapers at their showers. The 1s on the cake were given to me by the notorious diaper cake requester. ;)
1st and 2nd layer were 2s, middle layer was made of 1s, and the bottom layer was made of both 3s and 1s. I hid the 3s (they were colorful and there was more of a size discrepancy between the 3s and the other two sizes) by putting them in the middle of the bottom layer. See 'em squished in there? The top layer was totally unnecessary, but I had three diapers left and wanted to include them :)
Pretty proud of myself, to be honest!
Additionally, I made a diaper wreath to go with it. Below was the inspiration for that. I would link it to its original source, but the pin on pinterest didn't have a link to go with it :( hate not giving credit to someone for their hard work!!
I forgot to take a good picture of it before handing it off to a coworker, so excuse the iPhone photo. It was SO easy... I followed this tutorial here, but instead of cardboard for the wreath form I used an actual MDF wreath form for extra support. The anchor and letter are spray-painted MDF shapes from Michaels.
The biggest thing when making the wreath is to take great care to only apply hot glue to the ribbon, and never to the diapers themselves, since that would ruin them, and as cute as this is, it needs to be a gift as well as a decoration, and what's a mama to do with diapers that won't unroll?
I hope that you guys like these!! I didn't re-do the tutorials because the tutorials I used were so great, I just wanted to share with you my finished products and show you where you can go for some good instructions. (and encourage you that you CAN do something like this, even if you think you can't!)
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