DIY Diaper Cake Basket

Diaper Cake

Everyone has heard of a diaper cake, but have you heard about a diaper cake basket? I originally got the idea off of Pinterest and there is a  vendor who sells them on Etsy for $45 plus shipping. I decided to take the challenge and create one for my best friend who is having a baby boy in December.

I was not successful in finding a step-by-step guide to making this basket, so I experimented and after a few hours and a few flops, I created the following basket for Mom to Be:

DIY Diaper Cake Basket

My first DIY diaper project for Baby T.

DIY Diaper Cake Supplies:

Extruded Styrofoam Wreath

Ribbon (to wrap the foam wreath)

Gift Basket Crinkled Paper

Pins (to secure the diapers to the foam wreath and to keep the ribbon in place)

Rubberbands (to individually wrap each diaper)

Ribbon to tie around the diapers to hold them in place and to make a bow

Wilton 12 Inch Silver Cake Platter

Wooden elephant from Michael’s

DIY Diaper Cake Instructions

1. Roll up each diaper individually and tie with a rubberband. Make enough to go around the perimeter of the cake platter.

2. Use a ribbon to keep all the diapers together. Tie a bow at the front and embellish with your choice of decor. I used an elephant because it fit the theme of the shower and his nursery.  Use pins to secure the ribbon along the way.

3. Cut the foam wreath in half and wrap with your ribbon of choice. Secure with pins or hot glue.

4. Pin the foam to the top of the diapers on the side or push a dowel through the base and into the foam.  (Push them upward through the diaper and into the base of the foam).

5. Fill the middle of the basket with crinkled paper.

6. The fun part – fill the basket with gifts of your choice!

Word of Warning: Although the basket is creative and cute, it is fragile.  I learned the hard way as an innocent soul picked the diaper cake basket up by the handle. Across the room, I saw my masterpiece crumble into a million little pieces and my heart stopped beating for a bit.  None the less, it was a great talking piece until the moment of its demise. I highly recommend creating your own and coming up with a way to make it more secure. Please share if you end up discovering how to make it idiot proof.

At any rate, I enjoyed trying something new and creating a one-of-a-kind baby shower gift.  Here are some other gift ideas for Baby Showers if you aren’t ready to commit to a DIY Diaper Cake Basket:

Diaper Wreath

 Baby Annoucement Wreath

Tip Junkie has over 60 homemade baby shower gift ideas. Check it out at here. Have fun and let me know how your homemade project turns out or how much money you paid your crafty friend to make one for you.

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  1. Melissa Ferrell says

    How about instead of using a cake stand for the base, you use a charger plate? I recently did a “liquor cake” for a friend of mine’s birthday, and used a charger plate for the base that I picked up at Hobby Lobby for $.99 and it worked great :)

  2. says

    How about using a real basket. I am going to seach for a basket suitable to attach the diapers too. Coil the ribbon to the handle and voila!!

  3. says

    Another thought, drill a hole through the foam piece on each side and two through your cake board. Wrap a piece of string or ribbon through the holes and tie it to the board. This is how I keep my cakes together is to tie the stuffed animal on the top to the board and you cant even see it until you take it apart. Hope that makes sense. If it doesnt check me out at and I will do my best to explain with pics. :)

  4. Kym Barker says

    Hi there,

    I know this is about a year past this post, but I would suggest you wrap the whole thing in cellophane and tie it up with curling ribbon at the top. That way it will all stay together and its sort of gift wrapped that way too. Thanks for your ideas!

  5. says

    Wow! Would you please stop by my blog hop this week and share this? It is Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Ducks ‘n a Row and we go live Tuesday evenings at 7pm ET. My readers will LOVE this.
    Pinned and shared. :)

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