03 Mar

Modern Diaper Cakes {Follow Up}

modern DIY diaper cake

After I posted on my first attempt at a diaper cake last November, some of you shared pictures of your own diaper cake creations inspired by that post – and they are impressive! I couldn’t resist sharing a couple of them in a follow-up post today… starting with this ridiculously adorable monkey-themed diaper cake created by Noel Culbertson for the equally adorable monkey themed baby shower she hosted.

modern monkey DIY diaper cake

Noel used DwellStudio for Target receiving blankets to wrap each tier then added some ribbon & paper flowers (available at craft & scrapbook stores) to dress them up. The top layer of the diaper cake is another receiving blanket, rolled and wrapped with banana patterned paper and adorned with a paper monkey “cake topper”, which was glued to a popsicle stick. (Martha Stewart’s “Monkey Party Kit” was used for the topper.)


This next diaper cake – a fun, girlie pink & brown design (which also features DwellStudio for Target blankets) – was created by hostess Davina Saunders:

modern monkey DIY diaper cake

Here are some tips from Davina on how to recreate this design:

Materials used:
Set of 3 DwellStudio receiving blanket from target
Size 2 Pamper swaddlers
chocolate brown grossgrain ribbon
Pink shabby rose trim (sold by the yard at Hobby Lobby)
chocolate brown ric rac
Pink & Brown scrapbook papers – used to create the “vase” at the top of the cake and then cut into 1.5″ circles for the “candles”
Scrapbook embelishments
Faux flowers – from Michaels

To make the “candles” – I glued scrapbook paper circles together – with a lollipop stick sandwiched in between.  The name was spelled out with stick-on letters from the scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby.

{View more pics of this diaper cake here.}

modern monkey DIY diaper cake


Thanks to Noel & Davina for the fabulous inspiration! If anyone else has tips or ideas to add, please share them here!

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FavorAffair SAYS:

You guys really did a great job on the diaper cakes. This is the first time I’ve seen “candles” on them. How creative!

March 3, 2009 at 9:55 am

Casey SAYS:

I haven’t attempted a diaper cake yet, maybe next time someone has a baby. I made a diaper wreath once and it turned out pretty cute. nothing compared to these diaper cakes!

March 3, 2009 at 2:39 pm

My Sweet & Saucy SAYS:

Love this idea…Martha is the best!

March 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Michelle SAYS:

These put such a modern and fun spin on the diaper cake. I was never a fan of the old kind, but these are too cute!

March 3, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Donna SAYS:

Here are a few pictures of a recent cake I made…

March 3, 2009 at 4:55 pm

noel culbertson SAYS:

thanks for the shout out! & the constant inspiration! :)

March 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Margarita SAYS:

Here is my diaper cake: http://fab.typepad.com/fab/2009/01/the-diaper-cake.html

I had to use green/yellow & brown because the bride was undecided on which colour to choose AND because she didn’t know the sex of the baby.

I LOVE the pink and brown one!

March 3, 2009 at 6:46 pm

jenifer simpson SAYS:

OMG! That is one of the cutest things I have ever seen. I have a friend who is having a baby in the fall…I am so gonna have to make her one…Thanks for posting this!-Jen:)

March 3, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Jacqueline SAYS:

I make beautiful diaper cakes for new moms…

March 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Sugar and Spice Event Design SAYS:

So I just wanted to stop by and say thank you. I did not know what a diaper cake was and decided to try it today at an event my company did. It was my first time and it came out great! I must tell you that it was a serious hit with all the attendants. Thank you so much for the inspiration you give to all us party people!!!

March 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Thanks for the note, Sugar and Spice! Happy to help! :)

March 23, 2009 at 10:17 am

Big Shot SAYS:

I posted a blog about my first diaper cake, after seeing yours:


March 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Ebony SAYS:

Wow! I made two diaper cakes out of the same blue Dwell set from Target in March! Who knew!!!

June 19, 2009 at 6:37 am

Sugar and Spice Event Design SAYS:

Thank you so much for the diaper cake Idea… I have done two so far and they have really come out nice. Check them out:



July 2, 2009 at 12:30 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Danielle –
The diaper cakes (and the baby showers) both turned out great! Thanks for sharing them! :)

July 2, 2009 at 6:26 am

esther SAYS:

love this cake

September 5, 2009 at 11:24 am

Bora SAYS:

What is usually used as the base?

December 29, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Christine SAYS:

I’ve done many diaper cakes in the past, but LOVE how these look with the blankets wrapped around the layers. Such a clean, crisp look- very creative! Thank you for sharing!!

July 21, 2011 at 8:56 am
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