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

Step 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!

Have you ever made your own diaper cake? 

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74 thoughts on “Make Your Own Jungle Theme Diaper Cake Tutorial

  • March 20, 2017 at 7:35 AM
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    That cake is AWESOME! One of my sisters in law is pregnant right now and I totally want to make this for her.

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  • March 20, 2017 at 10:42 AM
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    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!
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  • March 20, 2017 at 1:12 PM
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    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!

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  • March 20, 2017 at 2:03 PM
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    These are so perfect for all my friends having babies. I have always been a little intimidated to make one myself.

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:16 PM
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      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!

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:15 PM
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      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!

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  • March 20, 2017 at 3:53 PM
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    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.

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:14 PM
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      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!

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:13 PM
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      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!

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:12 PM
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      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

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:11 PM
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      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!

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  • March 20, 2017 at 5:53 PM
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    Wow!! So creative and colorful! The kids would surely love it. Thanks for sharing!

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:11 PM
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      Thank you so much! I’m glad you loved it! Thanks for stopping by <3

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  • March 20, 2017 at 7:19 PM
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    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.

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:10 PM
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      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!

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  • March 20, 2017 at 7:54 PM
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    That came out so cute! I have wanted to try to make one before! You made it look so easy!

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:10 PM
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      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

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  • March 21, 2017 at 2:54 AM
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    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

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:08 PM
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      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!

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:07 PM
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      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!

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  • March 21, 2017 at 8:42 AM
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    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!

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:06 PM
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      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!

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  • March 21, 2017 at 10:23 AM
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    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 🙂

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:05 PM
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      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!

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:04 PM
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      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

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:04 PM
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      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!

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  • March 21, 2017 at 11:58 AM
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    I’ve seen diaper cakes, but never made one. The jungle theme is adorable. Gonna have to pin some instructions!

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:03 PM
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      If you ever get the opportunity to make one, you definitely would love it! Thank you so much for stopping by! <3

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    • March 21, 2017 at 2:03 PM
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      Thank you! It’s so much fun to make! Thank you for stopping by!

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  • March 21, 2017 at 3:36 PM
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    I love Diaper Cakes at a shower! They make simple decor — but even more important is all those diapers after baby arrives 🙂

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  • March 21, 2017 at 3:52 PM
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    You have done such an amazing job with this diaper, it’s supercute.

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  • March 21, 2017 at 4:37 PM
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    This is such a cute cake for a baby shower!! Great job!

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  • March 21, 2017 at 8:09 PM
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    I have never made a diaper cake and had no idea that a paper towel roll can be inside. It makes a great centerpiece.

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  • March 22, 2017 at 8:19 AM
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    I always thought these were MUCH harder to make! I can’t wait to try it myself!

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  • March 22, 2017 at 8:23 AM
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    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!

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  • March 22, 2017 at 8:26 AM
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    This is seriously adorable!!! I wish I had a baby shower or a new baby in my life to make one of these for!!!!

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  • March 22, 2017 at 11:39 AM
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    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!

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  • March 22, 2017 at 3:31 PM
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    Great and informational post. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I will try to make this for a friend who is expecting.

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  • March 22, 2017 at 3:33 PM
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    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!

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  • March 22, 2017 at 3:54 PM
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    Such a wonderful tutorial! This looks diaper cake looks amazing 🙂

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  • March 22, 2017 at 6:56 PM
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    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!

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  • March 22, 2017 at 7:02 PM
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    This post came just in time for baby shower season. Thanks so much for sharing! I have my go to gift now!

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  • March 22, 2017 at 7:05 PM
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    I love diaper cakes and this one is no exception! I’ve never made one but it is such a perfect gift.

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  • March 22, 2017 at 10:13 PM
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    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.

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  • March 23, 2017 at 12:19 AM
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    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.

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  • March 23, 2017 at 12:22 AM
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    I love giving essentials to parents who are expecting. I know it will help them save more money. This diaper “cake” looks really awesome!

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  • March 23, 2017 at 12:40 AM
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    I’ve never made a diaper cake before. It’s a lovely gift for expecting parents especially since diapers aren’t always cheap.

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  • March 23, 2017 at 4:56 AM
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    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!

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  • March 23, 2017 at 8:00 AM
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    I have so many friends who are having babies right now! Thank you for this amazing idea!

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  • March 23, 2017 at 10:05 AM
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    This is super cute! I never really had anything like this but always wished that I had.

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  • March 23, 2017 at 5:22 PM
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    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? 😉

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  • March 24, 2017 at 12:51 PM
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    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!

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