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Mar 27, 2011

IT'S A GIRL - DIAPER CAKE

One of my nieces is having a baby girl in May. I am going to her baby shower in April and am bringing a diaper cake. This time knowing it is a girl I opted for the pink. You can see the last one I made here along with more complete instructions. 
 I collected some decorative items. Note the Scotch brand double sided tape. That is going back to the store. I tried for half an hour to separate the plastic covering from the sticky with no luck. What good is that. $6.00 and it is going right back. 
Collect some pretty ribbons and some silk flowers.
Find a big container to build around. Last time I used a peanut butter jar but I was out so this time I used my brown sugar container. It doesn't matter as this is a temporary item.
I put this on a large round aluminum tray normally used for veggie platters or something. They are light weight and work perfectly. Line up about 48 diapers around the container. Don't fuss, that comes later. 
Tie it tightly with string, (use your son's finger to hold the string while you tie the knot. Don't have a son? I'll send mine.) remove the container and roll up about 8 diapers to fill the hole tightly. Now you can fuss with the placement. Make them nice and even.
Take some tulle and a needle and thread and run a stitch along the top edge gently sliding the tulle down the length of thread to make like a ballerina skirt. The tulle look very pink on the roll but loses most of its color when you have a single layer of it. I would go the darker hot pink shade to get a more visible skirt. When you have enough of it done so it will hang out over the top of this cake layer secure the ends together and fan out the skirt. 
Wrap some of your pretty ribbon around the string so you can't see it and secure it to itself with some double sided tape. Don't stick anything to the diapers themselves or you will ruin them. 
Make the next layer the same way but use a smaller container for the center and use about 28 diapers this time and then fill in the center with 4 or 5 rolled diapers. 
It helps to have lots of cans around to guide the diapers into a circle. 
Remember not to fuss as you will tweek it once it is tied securely. 
 Put this layer on top and stick a wooden chopstick down the center to help keep them together. Don't poke any holes or you will have leaky diapers and it may be you holding the baby that day. 
Make another ballerina skirt with the tulle and put it between the second and third layers. 
 Top this with a third layer made from 14 diapers with 2 or 3 more in the center. One more chopstick through the middle. I topped this with a big pink bow. It had long white ribbon ties for wrapping it around a gift so I pulled them down through the middle and out between the first and second layers and then curled the ribbon with some scissors. 
Add in some silk flowers gently placing them between the layers. 
Continue to adjust so that the cake layers are not uneven. 
If you want a bit more detail click here for my 1st. diaper cake tutorial.
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9 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

You are amazing!! Although your tutorial was fantastic...I am all thumbs. I will admire the cake from afar!

XO,
Jane

Tonia said...

Love this idea! You so clever!

vignette design said...

Wow Lori, this looks good enough to eat! But seriously, too pretty!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Turned out really cute:@)

Kathy Reed said...

What a lucky mother-to-be!

Macey said...

I swear, I love diaper cakes SO much...I think I could have another baby JUST for the diaper cake! That's gorgeous!
Maybe she'll share my bday! May 13th. :)

Heather said...

Wow, what an amazing gift! I wouldn't want to take it apart to use the diapers! lol!

Trooper Thorn said...

Do you soak the cake in rum, like a traditional European diaper cake?

Ali said...

Neato. Is that ever gorgeous. Don't forget to bring a container for the mom to be to put the diapers in after the party is over.

Ali

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