How To Make a Diaper Cake

Supplies Needed:

  • 14″ cardboard cake round 
  • a cardboard paper towel tube
  • hot glue
  • double-sides tape or glue dots
  • curling ribbon (won’t show in finished cake)
  • small rubber bands
  • about 70 diapers
  • decorative ribbon (wide & narrow sizes)
  • decorations (toys, buttons, embellishments, flowers, etc.)
  • scissors



  1. Hot glue the paper towel tube to the center of your cardboard cake base.
  2. Roll each diaper & secure with a rubber band placed less than half way down the rolled diaper.
  3. Place first layer of diapers around the paper towel tube at the base (takes 6 -7 diapers). Then secure them in place by tightly tying a piece of curling ribbon around them. Trim off any excess ribbon & remove the rubber bands. Repeat this process, beginning your next layer outside the first. Do the same with a 3rd layer.
  4. Now make your second tier by repeating step 3, but making only 2 layers. For the top tier, you’ll do only one layer.
  5. Wrap decorative ribbon around each tier, covering the curling ribbon. Secure the ribbon in place with double-sided tape or glue dots. 
  6. Decorate with toys, embellishments, bows, or whatever your heart desires! Just be sure to cover the top to hide the paper towel tube. A small stuffed animal is a great diaper cake topper! (I used buttons, wooden animals, and ribbon. I got glued them to the ribbon…don’t glue anything to the diapers!)


To make a ribbon topper:

Take a long strand of ribbon (3 feet or more) & make it into loops, gathering them at one end. Secure them with a rubber band. Do the same thing with a second ribbon for a fuller effect. Hot glue the topper to the top of the paper towel tube, being careful not to glue any of the diapers.

Next time, I’ll be sure to use a white or matching cake board. The bare cardboard isn’t so attractive. But for my first diaper cake, I’d say it turned out well dispite the cardboard 😊



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