Sunday, June 2, 2013

Left 'til the last minute...Diaper Cake

This is the diaper cake I made for my friend's baby shower.  The top layer is a fleece blanket with a row of crocheting around the edges, then two layers of diapers.  I used those little tiny rubber hair ties from Scunci to hold the rolled up diapers.  I found them in clear in the Dollar Spot at Target so they were cheaper than the equivalent rubber bands at the craft store.  I found these gold metal hoops on the clearance wall at Hobby Lobby.  No idea what they were originally intended for, but they worked great to hold the shape of the layers without having to resort to a whole roll of tape or gobs of hot glue.  Added bonus, no damage to the diapers like glue or tape.  What's the point of a diaper cake if you can't use the diapers? 

3-tier Diaper Cake

I realized too late that it needed a base of some sort and I was running out of time so I just grabbed a large glass serving plate from the china cabinet and plopped it on that.  The gold rim matched the gold hoops so it looked like it was planned instead of a last minute add-on.  It also had a slightly raised edge that helped hold the bottom tier in place. 

The whole thing was a bit wobbly so, for support, I cut a plastic coat hanger and used the long piece as a post in the center.  I just slid it between the gaps of the diaper tiers.  (got the idea from watching those cake decorating shows on Food Network, knew that wasn't just wasting time.  It was research! LOL)

I made little rosettes out of baby wash cloths and florist wire and I attached the other smaller items to bamboo skewers with a bit of hot glue and ribbon and poked them in between the diapers. I also added a few artificial flowers here and there to fill in the empty spots.

I wish I had taken pictures of the assembly process, but I literally finished this thing moments before walking out the door to the party and we arrived late as it was.

Throwing things together at the last minute does not mean I don't care about people, it just means I have time management issues. Sorry, friends, I'm working on it.

Basic assembly, from the bottom up:
  1. Glass serving dish, same diameter as the bottom tier with slightly raised edge.
  2. Tier of diapers, tightly rolled and secured with a tiny rubber band.  Held into circular shape with metal ring form Hobby Lobby.
  3. Sturdy rod or dowel (in my case, hacked piece of plastic coat hanger) inserted into center of bottom tier of diapers.
  4. Second tier of diapers, assembled same as bottom tier, slid down onto dowel.  A few rolled over pieces of tape between layers would have been a good idea.
  5. Third layer is the fleece blanket, rolled tightly and tucked into the smallest of the gold rings (about 6 inches diameter, I think?).
  6. Embellish with small bottles of baby wash, Beaudreau's Butt Paste, sock or wash cloth rosettes, etc.

And here is a scrapbook layout of my Mr. E as a tiny little thing.  I think he was about 6 months old here.  This layout is a bit of a lift from something I saw on Pinterest with the heart outlining the focal picture.  Nothing too fancy, but shows off my cute boy.  Can't believe how grown up he is now. And, I can't believe I'm finally getting around to scrapping stuff that's 5+ yrs old!

When I get a chance, I'll have to upload the pictures of the end-of-school gifts I did for the kids' teachers and the Pin-spired projects I've done around the house.