I began this Diaper Cake by rolling about 98 size 2 diapers. Start rolling at the open end of the diaper so that you have a clean end when rolled up. The fold in the middle of the diaper will be on the outside of each roll. Wrap a rubber band around each roll. I put one rolled diaper in the middle and placed other rolled diapers in a circle around it until no more would fit.
Then wrapped all of them with one rubber band. I did the same thing again around those. That created the bottom layer. Do the same thing for each layer, but leaving the outside ring of diapers off every time so that each layer is smaller than the one below it.
I pushed 2 wooden dowels up through the bottom layer all the way to the top layer to hold the layers together. I then folded baby washcloths and stuck them behind the outside rubber bands to hold them in place. Next, I hot-glued the striped ribbon to the brown ribbon and wrapped around each layer to cover the rubber bands.
I found wooden letters and painted them blue to match the ribbon and hot-glued them to the ribbon on the middle layer. After that, I hot-glued brown crinkled paper around the edge of cake board and then placed the diaper cake on the board. You can also stuff a few pieces of crinkle paper on the other layers.
I straight pinned the stuffed animal to the top layer of diapers. I put a few other small baby toys behind the rubber bands on each layer.
I made this diaper castle cake for my best friend's baby shower, she is the girliest girl ever and was having a boy, so I decided to do a prince theme shower. I had so much fun making this as it was my first attempt at making one.
It was pretty easy and took about 95 diapers. I made it out of size 2's. I formed the bottom layer around a square box to keep the square form. Each diaper is folded in half and then half again and tucked into the ribbon I had loosely laying around the box. I did the same for the second tier but without the box in the middle. The top tier is just several diapers that were arranged into a circular pattern.
To make the towers I stuck a dowel rod into the diapers below it and wrapped a diaper around the rod and secured with ribbons. The turrets are made of card stock with ribbons glued to toothpicks and the design in the middle was taken from the middle of the decorative plates I purchased as the theme and ribbons were threaded into the sides and tied around the cake.
I sprinkled glitter anywhere I could and the very top layer I braided 3 ribbons and tied around the diapers. This was so much fun and I definitely plan on doing many more diaper cakes and hope my best friend loves this as much as I do!