Make Your Own Jungle Theme Diaper Cake Tutorial

DIY Jungle Theme Diaper Cake Tutorial

If you’re planning a baby shower, save money and make your own diaper cake!  Don’t know how? It’s super easy, cost effective, and fun!  Read on for my tutorial on how to make your own adorable diaper cake! 

DIY Jungle Theme Diaper Cake Tutorial
During my last pregnancy, I helped plan my own baby shower with my mom.  When she asked me to look into diaper cakes, I was shocked with how expensive they were.  All I needed to do was look at a few examples of diaper cakes and was completely convinced I could save myself some money by making my own and you can too!

Below is what I used to make my jungle theme diaper cake:
  • 1 paper towel roll
  • 120 size 4 diapers
  • 120 rubber bands
  • 12 burp cloths
  • 1 roll of string
  • 3 different rolls of decorative ribbon
  • 1 roll of 6 inch tulle
  • Decorative items – Musical Lion Toy for topper, bag of Easter grass, 2 festive table top items, and 3 wooden bear and tree pieces

Make Your Own Jungle Theme Diaper Cake TutorialStep 1 – Roll each diaper and secure with a rubber band.

* I used size 4 diaper because I have a toddler in them.  Your best bet is to use size 1 diapers for smaller diaper cakes (60-80 diapers) and size 2 diapers for larger cakes (80+ diapers).  Avoid using newborn size as you truly don’t need many and making a whole diaper cake out of newborn size just isn’t effective.

Step 2 – start with a paper towel roll and start placing a circular row of rolled diapers around the paper towel roll.  Tighten and secure each circular row with string.

Repeat this step for the second level.   For this diaper cake, I made 4 circular rings on the first level and 2 circular rings on the second level.  For best results, place each diaper roll’s end on the inside and in which all are rolled in the same direction.

Step 3 – Further secure each layer with decorative ribbon and tie into a bow.  Place wooden bear or tree pieces securely behind each bow.
* Use at least 2 inch decorative ribbon for a bold look.  I used 3 different ribbons because I wasn’t happy with the selection I had at my local craft store so I combined two of the ribbons to make the first and third level ribbons. 

Step 4 – Place 6 inch tulle around the first and second level by stuffing tulle every 4 or 5 diapers.  Wrap tulle around each level at least twice.

Step 5 – Repeat Step 2 for the third level but using rolled burp cloths.
* I used burp clothes whose patterns and colors associated with my jungle theme.

Step 6 – Place Easter grass on top of the exposed paper towel roll on the third level and place lion musical toy on top.  Add the festive table topper between the burp cloths.

DIY Jungle Theme Diaper Cake Tutorial

And there you have it!  Six steps to saving money, getting creative, and making an adorable DIY diaper cake!
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Katriza

Wife, Stay at Home Mom of two boys, and blogger. Friends and family call me Kaye but my personal favorite is "Mom." I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be at home with my two baby boys. As an engineer by career, and stay-at-home mom by choice, I write about how to “Invent. Innovate. Design. Mommyhood” and what that entails.

  • robin masshole mommy

    That cake is AWESOME! One of my sisters in law is pregnant right now and I totally want to make this for her.

  • http://www.janelberchielli.com/2017/03/whats-twitter-chat.html Janel Berchielli

    What a fun and clever idea to have at a baby shower or as a gift to an expecting parent. What parent wouldn’t love some free diapers .

  • http://www.GlamKaren.com Karen

    Seriously the cutest theme for a baby shower! Love how easy your directions to recreate this jungle theme – and the diaper cake is perfect for essential baby supplies for the new mom!

  • http://spiritedsloth.com The Spirited Sloth

    It’s easier and better for you than a real cake! I’ve always loved these and I think I’ll try one for my pregnant friend who’s shower is this summer!

  • http://myconfettilife.com Morgan

    These are so perfect for all my friends having babies. I have always been a little intimidated to make one myself.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      Making it is so much fun! Once you get started, you’ll see what works and what doesn’t! It’s half the fun! Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://frommomsdesk.com Kecia | From Mom’s Desk

    Amazing tutorial for a diaper cake! I haven’t made one (yet), but I did receive one at my younger son’s baby shower. I want to make one as a gift someday.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      Thank you so much! It was definitely fun to make! I think anyone can do it! You will have so much fun! Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.thestatenislandfamily.com Melissa

    Your shower must have been amazing because that cake was so imaginative and came out so perfect. I will keep this on hand for the next baby shower.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      Awesome! Thank you so much! My baby shower was fun! I got lots of compliments for this diaper cake! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • http://www.workoutwithdi.com Di Hickman

    I’ve never made one, and only been to one baby shower. So although I have seen one I just couldn’t accept the fact that there was a cake I couldn’t eat. lol!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      haha you are so funny! I’m definitely making an edible cake, it would be so awesome to make a replica of a diaper cake but actually edible! That should be my next post! hehe Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.fadedspring.co.uk/ Ana De- Jesus

    I had no idea that there was such thing as ‘diaper cakes’ but yours looks amazing! Imagine if that was an edible cake, how extra would that be? Wow!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      Haha! Diaper cakes are awesome! Such amazing gifts for the mama-to-be and just fun to make and look at! <3 Thanks for stopping by! <3

  • http://www.planningthemagic.net Krystel | Disney on a Budget

    This looks like so much fun to make. Not sure if I could though. I am assuming people charge to do this for a baby shower?

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      They do actually! It’s kind of ridiculous! Seriously, I’m thinking about starting my own diaper cake store! I could make millions! LOL Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://vacationbegins.wordpress.com Sona Sethi

    Wow!! So creative and colorful! The kids would surely love it. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you loved it! Thanks for stopping by <3

  • Mandy Carter

    I love making diaper cakes for shower gifts. When I was pregnant with my kids I always made them to decorate at my showers and parties.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      They are so much fun to make! I love offering to make them! Changing the themes each time is always fun <3 Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://ChannellingDolly.com Heather

    That came out so cute! I have wanted to try to make one before! You made it look so easy!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      Haha, I had no idea what I was doing lol, and that is fun of it! You just got to dive in and have fun! Thanks for stopping by! <3

  • http://orialife.blogspot.com Victoria

    Such a cute idea, keep up the good work

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      Aww thank you so much! <3

  • Tereza

    Oh my god how cool are these! Absolutely wonderful. I’ve never made one but my friend has and hers has turned out just as beautiful! They always look just so quirky and cute! x

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      That’s the fun of diaper cakes! They can literally be anything and so easy to customize and personalize! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so glad you liked it!

  • http://www.themummytoolbox.com Charlotte

    This is so sweet! I love the diaper cake idea and as a pregnant woman I know they are much appreciated because they are practical too!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it! This is by far one of the best gifts to receive as a pregnant woman! Seriously, you can’t have too many diapers… like ever. haha Thanks for visiting!

  • http://www.bigfitfam.com Brandi with Big Fit Fam

    I love diaper cakes! They are such a fun gift with so many useful things! I have a baby shower coming up soon i think I will make this!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      That’s awesome! Diaper cakes are so much fun to make! Hope you try this tutorial! Let me know if you do! I definitely want to see how it turns out! Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.thischicafrican.com Bee

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. I have a baby shower I’m organising and this is an idea I’m def stealing 🙂

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      I’m organizing a girl baby shower next month so I’ll be making another one of these real soon! Hope you try it out! Let me know what you think 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Glad I was able to help!

  • http://gigieatscelebrities.com GiGi Eats

    BAHHHH HA HA HA! ME MAKE A CAKE like this?!?!?! Errrrrr um…… Yaaaaaa – it would probably turn into a pile of MUSH that looked like dog crap! LOL!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      LOL oh my gosh you are so funny! I’ve seen your blog, I KNOW you could do this haha! Thanks for stopping by and making me laugh lol

  • http://www.thecoffeemom.net/contact/ Jessi

    I have a few baby showers coming up this year, so this would be a fun way to give a gift to an expectant mom. I got a really cool one at my last shower and I loved it.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      That’s great! I’m so glad you agree that baby diaper cakes make such awesome gifts! And seriously, you can never have too many diapers!!! Thanks for visiting!

  • Alexandra

    I’ve seen diaper cakes, but never made one. The jungle theme is adorable. Gonna have to pin some instructions!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      If you ever get the opportunity to make one, you definitely would love it! Thank you so much for stopping by! <3

  • https://babytoboomer.com Seattle Travel Blogger

    I have made diaper cake before. But this one is way more elaborate, with a stunning appearance.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      Thank you! It’s so much fun to make! Thank you for stopping by!

  • http://www.demirviews.com/ Stacey Demrigian

    what a great gift for a baby shower Thank you for sharing

  • http://craftivitydesigns.com Lora

    I love Diaper Cakes at a shower! They make simple decor — but even more important is all those diapers after baby arrives 🙂

  • http://www.taketimeforstyle.com Kristin

    I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making a diaper cake. This one turned out so darn cute!

  • http://www.thebellyrulesthemind.net anvita

    You have done such an amazing job with this diaper, it’s supercute.

  • lydia

    This is such a cute cake for a baby shower!! Great job!

  • http://www.fennellseeds.com Carolyn

    I have never made a diaper cake and had no idea that a paper towel roll can be inside. It makes a great centerpiece.

  • http://authenticfoodquest.com Authentic Food Quest

    The cake looks so great! Love the design and details.

  • Jessica Taylor

    I always thought these were MUCH harder to make! I can’t wait to try it myself!

  • Kristen Morris

    Fantastic tutorial! My friends and I made one of these for a shower once & I can assure you it did not look this good. I think we really could have used this post!

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    This is seriously adorable!!! I wish I had a baby shower or a new baby in my life to make one of these for!!!!

  • http://www.prettyopinionated.com Nikki

    That is one of the cutest diaper cakes and such a great tutorial! I also love that you can use the same tutorial to create just about any theme. I kind of hope someone gets pregnant soon so I can try making one!

  • http://www.katnapped.com Katja

    I will make this to my niece’s birthday celebrations and I will be the best aunt in the world! Thanks hun!
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

  • Cara (@StylishGeek)

    Love this DIY! My friend did a similar thing for a baby shower and it was the decoration highlight! Thanks for sharing your Jungle Theme Diaper Cake Tutorial!

  • https://myyellowapron.com Aish Das-Padihari

    Great and informational post. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I will try to make this for a friend who is expecting.

  • http://www.ovenstruck.com OvenStruck

    Oh my goodness! I love making these for baby showers! I’ve made a wreath, a nightmare before Christmas one and a bassinet! This is so cute!

  • http://www.imsoengaged.com Kim

    Such a wonderful tutorial! This looks diaper cake looks amazing 🙂

  • Sondra Barker

    How cute is this diaper cake! This is such a clever and fun idea for either a party or baby shower.

    http://prettyfitfoodie.com/2017/03/22/2017-disneyland-food-and-wine-festival/

  • http://authorbrandikennedy.blogspot.com Author Brandi Kennedy

    This is adorable – makes me wish I knew someone I could make one for, lol. My kids are both older and I won’t be having anymore. But I do know a young couple who will likely be getting married in the next few years … I wonder if this would work for a housewarming party, with towels on the bottom layer, hand towels on the middle, and maybe washcloths on the top. I’d need a more adult theme too, I guess, but I’m going to store this idea away for later, just in case. Thanks!

  • http://www.dianaratana.com Diana Ratana

    This post came just in time for baby shower season. Thanks so much for sharing! I have my go to gift now!

  • Megan

    I love diaper cakes and this one is no exception! I’ve never made one but it is such a perfect gift.

  • http://www.theeverydaymomlife.com Rachel

    This cake is so cute! I made one last year for my cousin and it was so easy! I made it with useable diapers though.

  • http://www.primebeautyblog.net Blythe Alpern

    I haven’t made my own diaper cake, but after reading this tutorial I feel confident I could. It’s such an amazing gift and so practical.

  • http://momnoms.net Krysten

    I have always wanted to make a diaper cake, I think I am going to have to make one for my best friend for her baby shower.

  • Elizabeth O.

    I love giving essentials to parents who are expecting. I know it will help them save more money. This diaper “cake” looks really awesome!

  • http://carolcassara.com Carol Cassara

    I’ve never made a diaper cake before. It’s a lovely gift for expecting parents especially since diapers aren’t always cheap.

  • http://romanianmum.com Otilia

    Oh…I wish i could hire you!

  • http://miltongoh.net Milton Goh

    Wow you really put in a lot of thought and effort into this! Love this ‘recipe’ haha! Thanks for showing us how to do this creative, DIY diaper cake!

  • http://www.twopeasinaprada.com Emily Farren

    I have so many friends who are having babies right now! Thank you for this amazing idea!

  • Krystle Cook

    This is super cute! I never really had anything like this but always wished that I had.

  • http://www.eyecandycreativestudio.com laura londergan

    Although I have never made one of these myself, I think these are one of the greatest gifts you can give an expectant mom. And how fun are they? 😉

  • http://www.angelaricardo.com Angela Ricardo Bethea

    This is absolutely lovely! I actually saw this on my newsfeed already and I think this is a perfect gift for baby showers.

  • http://www.ladiespassiton.com Ladies Pass It On

    How fabulous!! That would make such an awesome gift – thank you!

  • https://www.facebook.com/heysharonoox1/ hey sharonoox

    I’ve make a diaper cake before when I was a floral designer. It’s a perfect gift for any baby showers. That jungle diaper cake is cute!

  • http://www.passportcollective.com/australia/australia-flying-vs-driving Laura

    These are so sweet. Such a practical gift.

  • http://www.viewsandmore.com Cynthia Nicoletti

    This cake looks amazing. I have never made one but would love to.

  • http://www.1stclassrvadventures.com Sandra crespo

    Thank you for this tutorial! Diaper cakes always looks so cool to me I have never thought of making one myself. I’m going to try making one next baby shower I go to

  • casey

    So adorable ans not as complicated as I thought! I could do this!

  • http://beautyaddictmama.com Nay

    For the first time in years I don’t know anyone who is expecting. I’m so gutted. This looks amazing.

  • http://saccharine-soul.com/ Ruxandra

    I’ve never heard of a diaper cake but it looks AMAZING! Wow!

  • http://www.airingmylaundry.com Amber Myers

    How cute! I love these. I’m not sure if I’d ever have the patience to make one myself.

  • http://www.waldorfsaladcottagefries.com andrea warren

    Super cute cakes! And I love how colorful they are too. You’re a very talented baker:)

  • http://www.nightborntravel.com Aireona- Nightborn Travel

    I never even knew that there was such a thing as this, but it looks super cute for a baby’s birthday or baby shower. Super creative.

  • http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/ Hil

    Being able to make these would make such a cute centerpiece at a babyshower, and a practical gift as mom gets tons of diapers to help start her stock pile.

  • http://www.fillmypassport.net Janine Good

    This is such a cute concept! I am going to want one of these this year! 🙂

  • http://almost-kosher.net Chava Mazal

    What a cute idea for a baby shower!

  • http://www.goldcountrycowgirl.com Ava

    What a clever and practical idea! And so cute!

  • http://roadsandpages.com Ana Rose | Roads and Pages

    This is the first time I have heard of a diaper cake. So, it really looks awesome. I have never seen a diaper cake in real. Or maybe, I am not just a mommy yet that is why I am not aware of a diaper cake.

  • Shelby bromley

    Such a cute and useful idea! Plus you can make it work for any theme.

  • Blair villanueva

    Cool ideas! And also very creative to.organize all the gifts making it look like a towering cake 🙂

  • https://girlintherapy.com/affirmation-quotes-magnet-project Girl @ girlintherapy

    I never thought a jungle theme would go so well with a diaper cake! Good job on this, and sure makes a great gift!

  • http://aworldofdresses.com Nina

    I’d be right there with you trying to make it on my own. That’s crazy that they are so expensive!

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