Small Diaper Cake: Easy and Glue Free

Our beautiful friend, Mama T, is expecting her second bundle of joy. We celebrated this precious boy at a great baby sprinkle over the weekend. Because this is kiddo number two, her party hostesses requested that guests bring frozen meals to stock the deep freeze of her growing family. This was one of the most helpful things for Daddy D and me when Baby B was born, so I was more than happy to prepare an entrée. In addition, I wanted to do a little something extra for Baby J. I decided to create  a delicious, glue free diaper cake!


I received a three tiered diaper cake at my baby shower for Toddler A. It was creative, adorable, and elaborate. This is the first time I’ve made a diaper cake, however, and I’m sharing a home with a toddler and newborn so I decided to start small to save time and keep my wits about me.  The great thing is that this smaller version still had plenty of practical baby items and captured the essence of it’s larger model.  Here’s how I made it:


  • Scissors
  • 16 Mini Rubber Bands
  • 2 Large Rubber Bands
  • 2 Push Pins
  • Decorative Wrapping Ribbon
  • Thick Baby Print Ribbon
  • Crinkle Gift Shred

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Gift Items

  • 8 Newborn Diapers
  • 8 Size 1 Diapers
  • 5 Colored Onesies (3-6 Months)
  • 5 Pacifiers
  • 1 Pacifier Clip
  • Travel Size Baby Shampoo
  • Travel Size Baby Lotion
  • Variation Options & Additions: Any Small Baby Items

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1. Fold Each Onesie in Half, Roll & Secure with Mini Rubber Band

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2. Pull Middle of Onesie Roll to Create Point

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3. Roll Each Diaper Evenly & Secure with Mini Rubber Band

4. Create a Circle with Size 1 Diapers & Secure Tightly with Large Rubber Band

5. Add Newborn Diapers into Outer Circle, Alternating Every Other One

6. Push Onesies in Between Center Diaper and Outer Circle, Creating “2nd Layer”

7. Place Last 3 Diapers in Center as “Cake Topper”

8. Arrange 2nd Large Rubber Band 1 Inch From 1st Large Rubber Band

9. Adjust “Cake” and Rubber Bands to Desired Look, Ensuring Everything Fits Snugly

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10. Decorate Cake as Desired with All Remaining Items, Placing Snugly

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* Note: I used push pins to secure the decorative ribbon in the back of the cake and because I was sure to fit everything snugly with the help of rubber bands and a wedging technique, I didn’t need a single drop of glue.

This was a fun, practical and simple gift. I enjoyed giving a festive diaper cake that was made of useful and usable items. This little cake could also be used as a center piece to decorate tables at a baby shower or given as party favors or prizes. It would be easy to alter the colors and theme, as well.

Congratulations to Mama T and her growing family! We love them all and wish them the best in this new chapter of their life together!

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