Thursday, January 8, 2009

Show and Tell Friday -- Baby Shower / Diaper Cake

Show and Tell I am joining in on Kelli's Show and Tell Friday. Visit her and enjoy all the treasures being shared.


Meet our daughter-in-law,Lisa, who is married to our son Ben. Ben and Lisa are expecting their first baby--a little girl on March 23rd! Our little grand-daughter's name will be Sophia.




Look what I "baked up" for Lisa's baby shower that was hosted at our home the weekend after Christmas.


I came across this idea visiting blogs, and thought it was really cute. I then googled "diaper cake", and watched several tutorial videos.

Here is the "recipe" for making a diaper cake;)

Items you will need:

One bag of newborn diapers (I bought a bag of 78 diapers) I used about 60 diapers for the cake.

Rubber bands (many, many rubber bands)

A base of 14" to 16" for the cake (I used a 14" glass cake plate and then transferred it to a cardboard for Lisa to take it with her) The videos recommend one from Wilton sold at Walmart.)

One empty paper towel cardboard cylinder

Small items to place inside the ribbon with the diapers for decorations: shampoo, socks, powder, hair bows w/clips, wash clothes rolled up into rosettes, lotion- this is where you can get creative- fill in with any little items you like. The bib on mine used up a lot of space, added color and drew the eye to its script of "Thank Heaven for Little Girls".



Wide ribbon

Hot glue gun and glue sticks for gluing the ribbon around each layer to hold the diapers together and hide the rubber bands.

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How to Assemble the Cake:

In the center of the cake is an empty paper towel cardboard cylinder. This anchors the layers of the cake together.

Begin by rolling up diapers and wrapping the rubber bands around them to hold them closed. Start standing them up (pretty side out) on your base around the paper towel roll to form the bottom layer. When you have the bottom layer full, wrap the ribbon around the diapers and hot glue it together -taunt but not too tight. (To clarify- do not glue the ribbon to any diaper- glue the ribbon only to itself.) You will be adding your little gift items when the cake is fully constructed.


Add each layer of rolled diapers to form the number of tiers you want. When all the tiers of the cake are finished and ribbon is glued around each one, begin placing your little items around the cake, tucking them inside the ribbon. When I added the baby powder I removed one diaper and replaced it with the powder. Larger items will require this step, but be careful not to add to much weight on top of the diapers.





Little baby washcloths

Shampoo


Cute little Socks



The bunny on top fills in the hole where the diapers are taller than that cylinder. You could also use a large bow with flowing ribbon draping down the sides of the cake. This bow that I tied is attached to the head of the bunny with a straight pin.



Lisa is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and we are so blessed that she is in our family. This was such a special day for a special young mom-to-be:) We love you Lisa!! You are going to be a great mom:)


Be watching for more pictures of the shower in the days to come:)

36 comments:

Walking on Sunshine... said...

That is too pretty to even take apart! Very nice idea and so nice that you threw them the shower! Looking forward to more pictures!

Schotzy said...

That is adorable and a wonderful gift! Congrats on being grandma to be and enjoy! I wonder if I'll ever be grandma! I hope to have a grand-dog soon!

LBP said...

Cute, cute, cute! Congratulations on being a grammy!

Blessings

Linda

Elena said...

That is such a precious idea. I would love to make that for someone. I just have to wait for someone I know to have a baby:) Have a great weekend! Elena

BECKY said...

HOW FUN! I've seen these before, but yours "takes the cake"!
So very cute! I can't believe there are that many diapers in there! I'm sure she loved it, and your thoughtfulness!!
Have a joyful weekend!
Becky

ceekay said...

Those cakes are adorable. I would never want to disassemble it...but I guess that would defeat it purpose!! Have a wonderful weekend!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Congratulations on the impending arrival of your grand daughter. How very exciting. The diaper cake came out fabulous and I'll bet Lisa was just so surprised and excited to have received it. Little Miss Sophia will go through those diapers rather quickly, lol!

Lora said...

Very cute diaper cake! And March 23rd is a wonderful day--my daughter was born on that day:)

Zaroga said...

Linda,
A cute and fun project. Congratulations to the happy couple... and of course the grandparents.

Smilingsal said...

Beautiful and useful! I'll bet your DIL loved it.

A Hint of Home said...

Your cake is adorable. What a sweet gift that makes.

newlyweds said...

How cute, great job!

Carla said...

Thanks for the how-to! This turned out beautiful!!

Lisa Ann said...

Wow! You did a beautiful job on that. I'm going to try one for my sisters shower.

gail said...

This a adorable! I know what I will be giving at the next baby shower that I attend. It is pretty and looks like it is made with very practical items as well. I bet she loved this gift!
Congratulations!

FeeBeeKay said...

What an absolutely gorgeous gift!! I have never seen anything like that before. Hope being a grandma is everything you dream for it, and more besides. And 23rd March is an excellent day to be born - that is my little girl's birthday - she'll be 1 this year!!

FeeBeeKay

Linda said...

Oh I like that cake idea, always so cute! Congrats to all the family on the new bundle to be. Love the name Sophia.
Linda

Melissa Wertz said...

I love that! It is precious and I just found out that one of our aerobic instructors at church is expecting. (Her first just turned a year!!!! She is going to have 2 in diapers!!!) I think this will be great for a shower. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy M. said...

Thank you for vising too! I just love your diaper cake. What a cute idea! What a blessing it us to be a grandma and you are truly blessed.
thank you for sharing.....

Jadehollow said...

Hi Linda .. You did an awesome job! I've always wanted to know exactly how to do them.. thanks for sharing! Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving such a wonderful comment. I hope you come back and visit again.
~Blessed Hugs...
Debbie

Alice said...

i really love this idea! thanks for all the photos and step-by-step directions. you have made it so easy for me to duplicate and make one for a young lady at our church. thanks :).


You are always welcome at The Shadow of the Cross. Feel free to visit anytime.

Lisa said...

Congrats to Lisa and Ben! That is wonderful that you put a diaper cake together for her baby shower. I was thinking of doing something similar for a baby shower I'm hosting in March. Your cake turned out great!

Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

Love the cake. You really did a great job on it. Thanks for sharing how to assemble it. Congratulations to all.

Elizabeth

Heidi Pocketbook said...

How pretty and useful all at the same time. You did an excellent job. How blessed you are to have a sweet dil and a new grandbaby on the way.

Masked Mommy said...

This diaper cake is so cute! Great job! Also, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog this morning! You have made my Saturday :-)

. said...

Congratulations.Girls are best - I know, I have four!
Lovely "cake".

Alfazema

Belinda said...

What a creative idea, and it really looks professionally done, how wonderful that you were able to make something so perfect for the occasion! I bet your DIL was thrilled with your gift. Have fun spoiling your new little granddaughter! :-)

Lisa Collier said...

I have such a wonderful 'mother-in-love'! =) The diaper cake was on the main decorations that made the shower so special. Thank you again for making it. Miss you. Stay warm this week (heard it will be cold in WI)!

Much love,
Lisa

Auction Girl Vintage said...

Such a pretty diaper cake! They sure have changed since I received one 22 years ago. For starters, mine was made from cloth diapers ... and I'm still using those diapers 22 years (and 2 sons) later, they're great for polishing silver and as garage rags. Have a wonderful weekend!

Victoria :o)

homebutnotalone said...

Hi Linda

Thanks for stopping by my blog :-)

What a wonderful cake you bake!!

I'm sure she was delighted!

Greetings from Northern Ireland

Elaine

char72 said...

I have seen these cakes before. You did a fantastic job in constructing this one.
Charlotte

Michelle said...

by far the cutest diaper cake I've ever seen, took your advice on the green cabinet stop by and let me know what you think

Mary Jane Liegl said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog post. I used to get Reminisce magazine also. I enjoyed it.

This is a lovely blog and the photos look perfect on this background.

Clare said...

What a unique and thoughful gift.

Joy said...

Such a sweet idea and I bet she loved it. Good luck to her and congrats on expecting a new grand baby!

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