A diaper cake is a perfect centrepiece for a baby shower. Diaper cakes are a pretty way to display the loads and loads of supplies that every new mom needs. The items that make up the cake will be enough to get the new mom through the first couple weeks of motherhood. Diaper cakes can be decorated with things that add to the theme of the shower. Make a Noah's ark cake with pairs of stuffed animals.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Poster board
- Brown felt
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Clear tape
- Blue felt
- Rubber bands
- Pairs of stuffed animals
- Baby items
Cut a large circle from the poster board that will be the sides of the ark. To determine the size of the circle, measure how tall you want the ark to be. If the ark is 12 inches tall, the circle should be 24 inches across. Cut the circle in half.
Cut a long rectangle from the poster board. To determine the length of the rectangle, measure the circumference of half the circle. Circumference equals diameter times 3.14. If the diameter is 12 inches, then the circumference is 12 times 3.14 or 37.68, which you would divide in half since the circle is cut in half. You can also measure by placing the corner of the half circle on a straight edge of the poster board and roll the half circle along the poster board until you reach the other corner.
Cover the half circles with brown felt using the glue gun. Cover the rectangle with the same colour felt.
Place the pieces with the felt sides down and line the flat edge of a semicircle with the shortest edge of the rectangle. Use the tape to hold in place. On the opposite side of the rectangle, attach the other half of the circle in the same way. This will give you a rectangle with semicircles on each side. The rectangle is the centre section of the ark; it will connect the two half-circles and create the bottom of the boat. Fold the semicircles inward until they are standing straight upwards from the work surface. Roll the semicircles along the length of the rectangle, attaching tape every two inches.
Cover the seams with a hot glue gun and let dry for 5 minutes.
Cut a square piece of cardboard for the base of the cake. Cut the square bigger than the bottom of the ark, around 2 feet square. Cover the cardboard with the blue felt to simulate water.
Roll the diapers into tight bundles and secure with a rubber band on each one. Fill the poster board ark with all of the rolled diapers.
Cut three pieces of poster board that are about 6-by-6 inches. Place one piece flat on the table and use tape to attach one piece to either side of the square. Use hot glue along the seams to secure the pieces together. Fold the two outer pieces inward to make a three-sided structure. Set the structure upright on top of the diapers, so the pieces just attached are the walls of the structure. Cover the structure with brown felt.
Cut a square roof, 7-by-7 inches, from poster board and set on top of the structure. Cover with brown felt secured with hot glue and use clear tape to hold in place. Set the roof on top of the structure in the ark on top of the rolled diapers.
Use the glue gun to attach toothpicks to the chopsticks to make a ladder. Attach the ladder to the side of the ark with hot glue.
Place the animals inside the ark along with the various baby items. Some ideas for these items include body wash, baby shampoo, diaper rash cream, lotion, bottles, pacifiers, teething rings and baby powder.
Tips and warnings
- If you are really creative, try rolling and folding baby wash cloths into different animals instead of using stuffed animals.
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