An Honestly Sweet Diaper Cake

At your next baby shower, surprise a mom-to-be and her guests with a diaper cake. They’re as sweet as the real thing (just without the calories) because they can be decorated to reflect the shower’s theme or match the baby’s nursery, adding a personal touch to the party. And your friend will really appreciate your creativity in preparing the special décor—she can take it home and actually use it once the baby arrives. Who doesn’t love a DIY that is both pretty and practical?

Diaper Cake Materials


  • 2 bags of Honest newborn diapers (pattern of your choice), for 80 diapers total. The number of diapers needed for the cake depends on the size and number of tiers you plan to make. This diaper cake has four medium-sized tiers.
  • Honest Face & Body Lotion or a wooden dowel.
  • 120 thin rubber bands.
  • 4 XXL rubber bands.
  • Double-sided tape.
  • T-pins.
  • Assortment of ribbon in colors that complement the diaper pattern you selected. We used a 3-inch wide “thick” ribbon and a 1-inch wide “thin” ribbon.
  • Cake plate, paper plate, or piece of cardboard for the base.
  • Cake decorations or baby accessories (optional).

DIY Directions

Roll the Diapers

Roll Diapers for Cake

Secure Diapers With Rubber Band

1. Starting from the top of the diaper (the waist), neatly roll the diaper. To keep the diaper tightly rolled, wrap a thin rubber band around the center. Repeat this step until all of your diapers are rolled.

Diaper Trios

2. Gather three of your rolled diapers and place a thin rubber band around the group so they are bound together. Repeat this step creating 20 rolled diaper trios.

Creating the Tiers 

Building Diaper Cake Tiers

1. Gather three of your diaper trios and place them at the center of your cake plate (or whatever you are using for your base). Hold the diaper trios upright and place an extra large rubber band around the group to keep them together. Continue adding diaper trios to your base by stretching the rubber band to expand around the additional diaper trios. Do this until you reach the desired width of your base tier. To help round out the shape of your base add single rolled diapers in the appropriate places.

2. For the remaining tiers of your diaper cake simply repeat this step but remember to make each layer smaller then the next.

3. Place the dowel into the center of your base tier. Then carefully slide each of your tiers down so that the dowel runs through the center of your diaper cake. This will help keep the tiers in place. Or if you want to tuck additional surprise gifts inside, you can use essentials like our Honest face & body lotion to give the cake stability.

Decorating Your Diaper Cake

Ribbon to Decorate Diaper Cake

1. Using the thick ribbon, measure the circumference of each tier. Cut the thick and thinner ribbon the appropriate length for each tier.

2. Lay the ribbons on a flat surface and attach the thin ribbon down the center of the thick ribbon using the double-sided tape.

3. Wrap the ribbon around each tier so that it hides the rubber bands holding the cake together. Pull the ribbon tightly so that the two ends overlap slightly. Using T-pins adhere the ribbon to the diapers as discreetly as possible.

4. Put on the finishing Touches. Add a big bow to the top tier or a small toy or product, like an Honest baby bottle.

Diaper Cakes

Have fun personalizing it for the mom-to-be and her baby shower—it’s a piece of cake! We’d love to see the cake you create…Comment below, post on our Facebook page, Instagram, or Tweet, a photo using #HonestDIY!

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12 thoughts on “Make an Honestly Sweet Diaper Cake

  1. Your materials list only has 2 packages of diapers, but the cakes pictured have a third style of diaper (the plain white ones), if I only order 2 styles will I still be able to make the 4 tiers pictured? Thanks, can’t wait to introduce another new mom to Honest!

    1. Hi Jenn,

      Two packages are enough for four tiers with two alternating patterns. If you want three alternating patterns and a four tier cake, you’ll have some diapers left over or you can make larger tiers. Send us a pic of your final product — we can’t wait to see your inspired cake.

  2. I am disappointed that the Honest Baby Bottles are not available on the website, does anyone know why they aren’t or when they will be?

    1. We are sorry to tell you that the Honest Baby Bottle is sold out right now. It will be coming back with some new and improved features, but we don’t have a date set yet for its arrival. We encourage you to stay tuned for updates, and thank you for your interest in the Honest products!

  3. Worst way to do diaper cakes. The rubber bands make it harder & more time consuming for new parents to take them all off one by one. I’ve made diaper cakes for years and will only do the flat fan method. I use 3 rubber bands total and once you cut the ribbon and rubber bands the diapers just fall and are ready to be put away.

  4. Really nice creativity all these are amazing specially i like the combination of yellow and pink ribbon diaper cake and also thanks for sharing how to make it step by step. Great Job!

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