Earlier in the Summer we threw a Baby Shower for my gorgeous sister and made a nappy cake for the occasion. To my surprise, not many of the guests had known what the nappy cake was going to look like as they’d not heard of one before (alas one should never assume!) Having made a couple now, these are fun to make, look great as a piece of party decor and my daughter loved getting involved (always a bonus)… Here’s how to!
You will need:
Approx 74 nappies size 1 or size 2 nappies (if you want to use smaller than size one you will probably just need to use a few more than 74).
74 small elastic bands (or as many as the number of nappies you are using)
Approx 3 meters or string or 3 very large elastic bands
1 large bottle of baby talc, lotion or shampoo – just something large enough to be a central column in the cake
1 smaller item for the top column. I like to use a baby bottle as these look cute poking out the top
6-8 feeding spoons. Go multicoloured, or all blue or pink – your choice
Things to decorate the cake with. Soothers, newborn shoes, pacifiers, get creative!
2.5 meters of 40mm deep white ribbon
3 x meters of thinner coloured ribbon can be around 15mm, to bow up (I’ve used blue).
3 x sewing pins (for securing the white ribbon in place).
On your marks, get set…. MAKE!
Take the nappies and begin to roll one at a time.
Now to create a second ring or layer of nappies round the first. You can see I used 15 for the second ring. Yours may be more or less depending on the size of the bottle and how tightly you rolled the nappies.
Because I wanted a three layer tier cake, my bottom tier had three rings to it. If it were only a two-tier cake there would only be two rings round the talc bottle. Here is the base finished ⇓.
Now it’s time for the second tier. Go about it the same way as tier one, placing your rolled nappies round the column and securing with string.
You will most likely have now run out of central column for the top tier which is where the feeder bottle comes in. Place the feeder on top of the talc bottle and create a top tier with only one ring of nappies around it. The finished naked cake looks like this ⇓ (it was evening, can you tell with the reflections on the wall?).
Et voila! This cost around £50 to make but I would say that if you went for cheaper decorations and managed to get nappies at cost it could definitely be done for £30. Do let me know if you attempt one or post your pic to my Facebook Page here
(P.s Excuse the white balance flip-out across the images! Pictures were taken over a few days and at different times of day meaning there’s a right mix of whites happening and collectively they don’t look so even… still, you get the gist!)