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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Dynamic Diaper Cake

I LOVE baby showers but what I don't like is waiting for all those pages of the registry to print out at the store and then going up and down the aisles trying to find the listed items. I recently was invited to one of my former students (HEY LAURIE!) Superhero Baby Shower. Now I have to say I was impressed with the invitation and even more so with all of the decorations that Laurie and mainly her husband had created.

Now Facebook is the highlight reel of our lives and I came across a friends pic of a diaper cake. I actually asked someone if she could find something in the superhero theme and make one for me... as I began to search for a back-up option, I kept coming across diaper cakes but I knew that I wanted to have something unique and that's when i came across some very creative diaper cakes. LIGHT BULB!!!!!

I found a tutorial for a diaper tricycle diaper cake and but decided that I would make a Batmobile motorcycle. With the date quickly approaching, I had to settle for a Superman bib and make it a Superman motorcycle (yes I know he flies lol).

The steps to create a tricycle/ motorcycle cake are quite easy.

You will need:

  • Box Diapers (at least 60)
  • Rubber Bands
  • Ribbon (1/2' in & 1.5")
  • 2 Receiving blankets
  • 1 Bottle
  • 2 bibs
  • Baby socks (booties)
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Baby Powder (optional)
  • Cake pan
  • Tape (Double sided optional)

If you're working on a superhero theme then find the bibs that have capes attached. I bought a superman bib and bootie set that came with socks and a cape attached from JoAnn's.

Step 1:
Line diapers in a circular pattern inside of the cake pan. As you overlap the diapers about 3/4 inch will not be overlapped. You will need approximately 20 diapers per wheel.

Once you have filled the cake pan, stretch about 2 rubber bands over the diapers to secure the circle.
 Adjust the diapers as needed.I rolled a diaper in the center of the circle to help maintain the shape (that'll be removed later).

Repeat 3 times

Step 2:

Cover the rubber bands with the ribbon of your choice. Remember to heat seal the ribbon so it doesn't fray. Secure the ribbon with double sided tape.

For a Superhero theme- check out this cute "Wham Pow Character Satin Ribbon" also from Jo-Ann's.

Step 3:
Align the three wheels side by side. (Don't mistake that I made... be sure that the circular patter is going the same direction.) Push the middle wheel slightly forward. Wrap 1 receiving blanket around your thin ribbon into a complete roll. Next run your blanket/ribbon through the first and third wheel then run the remaining ribbon through the middle wheel. Depending on the length of your blanket you should have just enough fabric to reach the center wheel. Trim the ribbon and heat seal it.
(To secure the formation- I stuck a bottle of baby powder between the two back wheels.)

Step 4:
Roll another receiving blanket into a thin roll. Then run it through the middle wheel.

Step 5:
Place one of the bibs over the front wheel. If you have a cape set, you can lay that over the middle of the back to wheels.

Step 6:
Attach the bike light... a.k.a. the bottle.

Place the bottle with the bottle facing the front on top of the front bib. Then bring the two sides of the receiving blanket up and over the bottle. You will use a rubber band to secure the bottle in its place and hold the two blankets sides together.

Step 7:
Pull the two sides of the blanket in opposite directions and place the socks over the ends. This will form the handle bars of the motorcycle. Use the leftover ribbon to form a bow or just to cover the rubber band on the blanket in the center. (Never mind the Yorkie in the background...)

I adjusted the back cape to cover the bottle.

Now according the number of diapers that were in the box you purchased, you may find (as I did) that you have quite a few leftover diapers.... Well I certainly don't need them so I decided use the additional diapers as a platform for the motorcycle. I cut the diaper box into a tray shape and inserted the package of remaining diapers. Then I took the leftover diapers from the package that I opened and lined the box with them for a more presentable look. I used double sided tape to keep the diapers in place. Then I took some of the thin ribbon and wrapped that around the entire thing. I bought a multi-pack of receiving blankets and I stuffed the remaining blankets between the back two wheels to create the illusion of pipes. I also ran an extra string of ribbon through the back to wheels and tied to the package of diapers so that it wouldn't slide off. Zoom! Wham! POW!

Super Motorcycle diaper cake completed!