I'm always one to do a themed present and this time around I opted for football. In addition to an assortment of sporty baby necessities, I made a diaper cake and a taggie blanket/mat (directions coming momentarily!).
There are diaper cake tutorials everywhere; seriously, just google it and you'll get hundreds of thousands of responses. I used the method of rolling up each diaper individually and attaching them around an empty paper towel roll with rubber bands. The roll not only provides a starting foundation, but it's also a great way to anchor the layers together. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures while I was making it, so no tutorial from me. Bad Jess! I know... I'm sorry!
The photo is deceiving, but my cake is 3 tiers. 38 diapers on the first, 20 on the second and 7 on the top. Since I used an empty roll, there was a hole in the center that was just the right size to attach the security blanket.
The keys to an attractive diaper cake are:
- Wrap the diapers TIGHTLY
- Disguise the rubber bands with pretty ribbons on the visible layers (I layered a baby blue ribbon with a football ribbon on the top and bottom tiers and just the plain blue on the middle tier)
- Coordinate the accent pieces with a color/theme
- Consider wrapping a receiving blanket, fabric scrap, or baby towel around one or more of the layers (see tier 2)