30 Minute Diaper Cake

 

 

Diaper Cake

 

I was hosting a Baby Shower for one of my friends, and had always wanted to try making a diaper cake.  I started searching on Pinterest, and of course I found way too many options.  I did not have a lot of time to put this together, so I tried to pick one that seemed easy enough to do – especially for a first-timer.

Honestly, it only took me 30 minutes to put all of this together!  First, I shopped at Michael’s to find the ribbon and flowers I wanted.

What You Will Need:

1. Flowers — I suggest getting a bundle of the plastic flowers that have detachable leaves, because you will want to use those leaves to decorate the tops of the tiers.

2. Ribbon — For the base ribbon layer, I suggest 2-3inches wide (enough to cover the rubber bands!) and the second ribbon layer should be 1/2-1 inch wide.

3. Diapers — I bought a pack of the Pampers Swaddlers Size 1, which was less than $30 (but I’m sure you can find them cheaper) and had about 60 diapers and I still had a handful leftover.

4. Cardboard Paper Towel Roll — Make sure you save the empty roll when your paper towels come to an end, you’ll use it for the base of this cake!

5. Rubber bands — Make sure you have small and large ones.

6. Tape or Hot Glue — you’ll need this to secure the ribbon on the cake.

7. Platter/Tray — you will need a base for the cake to stand on…it can even be a piece of cardboard if you have some lying around.

Ok, now that you have all of the materials you need, let’s get started!

1. Roll each diaper from closed-end to open-end — make sure the sides are even so when you stand them up they aren’t lop-sided — and tie a small rubber band around the center of it. You’ll want to do about 55 of these.

2. Once all of the diapers are rubber banded, grab your paper towel roll and stand it upright.  Start placing the rolled diapers around the bottom (standing upright) — you should be able to fit 6 diapers around the circumference of the paper towel roll — get a large rubber band and tie it around all of the diapers you just placed in a circle.

3. Repeat this step again, but around the first layer of diapers…so you should be able to fit 12 or 13 diapers around the 6 diapers.  It may be easier for you to place the large rubber band around the first few diapers, unless you have a helper that can put the rubber band around them for you!

4. You’ll repeat this one last time for the bottom layer.  You should need around 20 diapers to do the last ring.

5. Your base layer should now be set.  Repeat this process for the middle and top tiers, except your middle tier will only get the first two rings of diapers and the top tier will only get one ring of diapers.  If you feel that the tiers look too small, add another layer of diapers to each one.

6. Now you must hide those rubber bands! Get the wider of the two ribbons and wrap around each tier’s center, tape or hot glue the ends — make sure it’s nice and tight or the ribbon will slide.

7. Do the same for the smaller ribbon, but place on top of the wider ribbon.

8.  After you disassembled your flowers and leaves, start organizing them around the cake.  It’s all a matter of preference when it comes to this.  I started out with a bunch of flowers, but started to take some out as I thought it may be too busy. You can place the leaves on the tops of the tiers, lay them out about an inch a part from each other.

Voila! 30 Minute Diaper cake complete!

This makes a wonderful gift and a beautiful display for any mother-to-be!

If you have any tips or suggestions for other readers, please comment below 🙂

 

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DIY Jewelry Display

I’ve been searching for a DIY project that would both add to my room decor & help organize my things — after surfing through blogs, I finally found my inspiration.

 There were so many different ideas for jewelry displays, I had a hard time deciding which to do.  I just love the way this one looks & thought I’d take a stab at it.

The furniture in my room is an espresso color, so I decided to find a picture frame to match.  My duvet is a light green & pink paisley print — I unfortunately did not find a fabric that matched, but came close.

I was able to find pulls & knobs at Home Depot for a good price.  Once I had all my materials, it only took about a half hour to put it all together.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I was at it, I decided to make another display for just my earrings.I found a lot of old jewelry I forgot about & was able to get rid of a few pieces that were either outdated or broken.  Now, accessorizing will be a lot simpler 🙂

You can find other DIY jewelry display ideas through the link below:

16 DIY Jewelry Displays

Happy crafting 🙂

xx

Places for things, things for places

I finally remembered to bring back the wreath I made last month, to my apartment.  I love the look of it hanging on the exposed brick.  I’m not sure if this is the exact spot it’ll stay, but it should do for now! [learn how to make your own, here]

Papa Williams [my father] loved the statue I painted for him & he found a home for her in front of the house.

I love the feeling of a finished project!

&& I hope to start some other craft projects, once I find the time.

xx

New season means new activities & Autumn must bring out the artist in me!

Papa Williams received a statue of ‘Our Lady of Grace’ a few months back & talks about painting it every time I see him, but it has yet to be done.  Since I’m visiting home & have nothing else to do (left my precious macbook in Pitt over the weekend), I decided to volunteer myself for this project.

what I started with

mostly finished

It took me around 5 hours.  Per request, I will be completing the pedestal’s trim with gold. Not too shabby, eh?

I know, I know, I must seem like such a wonderful daughter…& for the most part I am 🙂 …however, Papa Williams offered to pre-order the new iPhone 4S for me if I did this for him…now that was an easy decision!