Diaper cakes are a novel shower gift, made of nappies, ribbons, baby bottles, blankets and other baby items. A newer twist on this creative gift is the stroller diaper cake, which can be just as simple to make and provides a much talked about centrepiece for a baby shower or a thoughtful gift for the parents-to-be.
Roll up one nappy tightly and secure it with a small elastic band. Continue wrapping nappies around the first one until the roll of nappies reaches a diameter of approximately 15 cm (6 inches). Secure the roll with another elastic band and then wrap a ribbon around the centre of the roll. Repeat this process three more times to make the wheels for the stroller diaper cake.
Lay out a large baby blanket on a flat surface and place a medium size 45 cm x 30 cm (18 x 12 inch) cardboard box in the centre of the blanket. Fold the four sides of the blanket over the sides and into the box. Fold the edges of the blanket inward if you need to in order to create smooth lines on the carriage.
Fill the box with nappies until you reach approximately 7.5 cm (3 inches) from the top. Cover the diapers with another baby blanket or receiving blanket and tuck in the sides.
Lay out a receiving blanket that matches the baby blanket used to cover the nappies and place eight to ten nappies on the centre of the blanket. Fold the blanket up neatly to cover the nappies and place the "pillow" at one end of the carriage.
Wrap a large ribbon around the centre of the blanket-covered box and tie it tightly to secure it. Cover the tied ends with a large silk flower or ribbon bow.
Fold another baby blanket in half. This blanket should have the same pattern as the one used to cover the box. Drape the folded blanket over the "pillow" end of the carriage and wrap a large ribbon around this hood to secure it to the carriage.
Space out the four wheels on a large plastic or thick cardboard stand. If you are using cardboard, cover the cardboard with another blanket and secure it underneath for a more impressive display.
Gently place the carriage onto the four wheels. You may need to use a hot glue gun to secure the ribbons from the wheels to the ribbon from the carriage bonnet to help prevent the carriage from shifting off the wheels. For extra protection, wrap the finished creation in clear cellophane wrap and tie the top with a dramatic silk ribbon bow.
Things you need
- Bag of nappies
- Elastic bands
- Medium-size cardboard box
- 4 to 5 baby blankets
- Cardboard or plastic tray
- Silk flower
- Hot glue gun