How to: Make a Nappy Cake

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!

A Nappy Cake

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!

Toy Cars

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.

Secure with the elastic bands until all the nappies have been rolled.

Nappy MountianNow for the construction part!  Take the large bottle of talc or shampoo and stand one layer of nappies around the bottle.

It all starts with oneSecure with string or a large elastic band to prevent them from falling over.  It should look like this when you’ve done.  My ring of nappies was eight nappies round the bottle.

Secure the nappy's to the bottleNow 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.

Layer Two

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 ⇓.

Three rings of nappies round the talc

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.

Tier TwoMake two rings round the bottle (not three).  You will see this allows the bottom tier to sit out wider than the middle, creating a tier.

Tier Two CompletedYou 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?).

The Three Tiers.Take the white ribbon and use it to essentially cover up the ugly string.  Secure at the back by pinning.  Your cake should be starting to look a bit nicer now!

Ribbon and PinsNext take the thinner coloured ribbon, place round the cake over the white (thicker) ribbon and make some pretty bows (such a girl!).

Ready to DecorateTake the feeding spoons to create ‘candles’ and place in the nappies on the top tier.

Feeding Spoons

Nappy Cake and 'Candles'Finally decorate with your shoes, pacifiers, figurines.. whatever you found to make it look amazing!

Cars on a Cake

A Nappy CakeDefinitely adds a WOW to the present table.

Cake and Presents

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!)



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