How to Make a Jungle Diaper Cake

How to Make a Jungle Diaper Cake

Say what?

Let me explain:  My sister-in-law, Jennifer (or as we call her, “Gigi”), is having a baby in a few months, and we are throwing a baby shower for her next weekend.  Gigi’s husband, Andrew, is a journalist and often writes about Africa.  To reflect this part of their lives, the baby shower is going to have an “African jungle” theme.  Fun!

As a decoration for the shower, I’m working on a Jungle Diaper Cake.  If you haven’t seen a diaper cake before, here is a picture of one that I made for my friend Laura when she was pregnant with a baby girl. (If you are wondering … diaper cakes are not edible, much to John’s dismay.)

As you can see in the picture, a diaper cake is a tiered structure made of rolled and stacked diapers, and decorated with bows and various baby things.  They are a lot of fun to make and always appreciated by the new mom … if you want to give it a try, step-by-step instructions are provided below.

Step One:  Get your supplies.  Here is a list of what you will need:

  • Three foam circles (for the base of each layer)
  • About 60 diapers (I like to use size 2 or 3)
  • Rubber bands (to hold each diaper in a roll)
  • Wooden skewers (to hold each rolled diaper in place)
  • Wire-rimmed ribbon (to hold each layer together)
  • Decorations (animals, bibs, pacifiers, fake flowers, charms, letters, etc.)


Step Two:  Roll up each diaper and secure with a rubber band around the center.  Working with one rolled diaper at a time, stand it vertically on one of the foam circles.  Then insert a skewer through the center of the roll, down through the foam circle — this will hold the diaper in place.  Here are pictures of what the bottom layer will look like as you are working on it and then when finished:


Step Three:  When you finish the first layer, just repeat the same thing for the second and third layers.  Then, tie a piece of wire ribbon around the outside of the diapers — the ribbon will hide the rubber bands and also help to hold the diapers in place.


Step Four:  Place the second layer on top of the first, and the third on top of the second.  To hold each layer in place, press a few skewers through the foam between each layer.

Step Five:  Add bows and other decorations!  For the jungle diaper cake, I used mini-stuffed animals, fake leaves, and dragonflies.

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16 Responses to How to Make a Jungle Diaper Cake

  1. betweenarockandahobby September 23, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    I’ve seen these at many showers before, but I didn’t know how to make them. Thanks for the info! And I Love the jungle cake!!

  2. Erika Gregory (@erika_events) September 23, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    That has to be the cutest diaper cake I have ever seen!

  3. Alexis Geiss September 24, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    “We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

  4. Jen Crowley (@CrowleyCoupledm) September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    You are so skilled! The cake looks awesome. Lucky sister!

  5. Random Open Directory November 28, 2011 at 2:52 am #


  6. movers in dallas January 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm #


  7. Diaper Cake May 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    I love your Jungle diaper cake! You have a lot of skill in making them.

  8. Patricia E. Wendt February 28, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    How do u keep animals and baby supplies on?

    • Marie H. Saba February 28, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      Great question! Thanks Patricia. You can either secure them on with mini safety pins or thin ribbon (tie a bow around the onesie and then slip the other end of the ribbon under the rubber band on one of the diapers). Hope this helps!


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