This has actually been a big year for babies in our household. I just became an auntie for the very first time last week & I have a few cousins that are anticipating quickly also. I have had and still have many baby showers this year. A number of months ago I was feeling brave & attempted my hand at my very first diaper cake.
I had so much fun making it, that I was feeling brave once again. My cousin is expecting a little boy in June. Her nursery has a whale theme, so in keeping with her style, I chose to make a whale shaped diaper cake.
If you have ever thought about making a diaper cake, it can be a lot of enjoyable, but it needs a bit of patience & in the case of the whale, the ability to improvise.
What you will need:
A box of diapers (about 150 count).
Paper towel roll core.
String or yarn.
Foam sheet (to make the face).
Start with an empty paper towel roll. Wrap two rows of diapers side by side around the roll. Overlap the diapers somewhat till they go all the way around. Secure in place with string or yarn. We utilized yarn.
Wrap diapers around one end of the roll covering the hole & rounding completion. Layer them in various instructions to achieve this. Secure with yarn. Protect with yarn after each layer.
Wrap another layer of diaper around the very first layer of diapers. Leave the rounded part peeking out.
Bend another paper towel roll & insert and glue into the existing roll. Beware that you do not get glue on the diapers.
Layer diapers around the new tube. Make this layer of diapers thinner than the others. Get another paper towel tube & cut a 1/4 of it & glue & insert into the other. Location another smaller sized layer of diapers adjacent to the last layer.
Our tail was formed from craft sticks. Glue 2 craft sticks in a large “v’ shape to the top of 2 more craft sticks. Insert & glue the bottom penetrates the tube so that the “v’ shape is protruding & let dry. Add another little layer of diapers.
Add another layer of diapers down the center of the front portion of your whale, so that it covers the divide in between the first two diaper layers. Do this all the way around. This will help round out the head more.
Include another layer of diapers now running horizontally to the same front part. Do this all the way around.
When you have attained the whale shape that you want, you can start embellishing. Mai informed me that this looked like an airplane, not a whale. I think this would work as a plane too. (Please excuse the messy work area.).
Wrap the whale’s tail with a folded getting blanket. Secure into location with yarn. Wrap a ribbon around the yarn. Protect it with a security pin it at the bottom. Make sure not to pin the diapers.
Wrap as much more blankets as you would like in the same fashion. Fold a number of washcloths to form a fin. Tuck into an existing ribbon or include another ribbon. Kind another fin for the other side. Wrap washcloths around the craft adheres to form the tail.
Cut eyes and a mouth out of foam & glue them to the ribbon. Take care not to drip glue on the blankets or diapers. Complete the whale off with a pipeline cleaner water-spout.