Baby showers are just the bees-knees in my opinion. I LOVE shopping for babies, which can sometimes lead to some trouble, but I cannot say no to tiny shoes! I just can’t. So with a close friend’s baby shower quickly approaching I wanted to make the ever so popular diaper cake for her, but there is just a tiny little problem. She isn’t going to be using disposable diapers. So I did a little research and decided to tackle this diaper cake, without diapers, and without spending a fortune.
Shopping was a huge factor for this cake. I knew I wanted to do at least three tiers, and wanted to stay under $50, which is no easy task when looking for cute baby stuff! So I started my journey at Target, where I priced the items I wanted to use for the cake, knowing that if I couldn’t find the things I wanted elsewhere I would end up back at Target. While there I found the most amazing little shoes on sale for $6. Now I was locked into a color palette. Next I stopped at TJ Maxx where I found a pack of five flannel receiving blankets for $7 that I knew would work for one tier. Then off to Ross where I found the microfiber fleece blanket for $4 and the three pack of onesies for $5. Lastly, back to Target for the adorable plush monkey rattle for $5. So here is the breakdown in cost.
Yay!! Way under budget AND it turned out incredibly sweet!! So if you are in the market for a sweet non-diaper cake, here is how I assembled mine.
Here are all of the items I used for this cake. The bottom layer is one 30″ X 45″ microfiber fleece baby blanket, the second tier is made up of five receiving blankets, and the final tier is three 3-6 month onesies. You will also need some yarn and/or ribbon, scissors, and a wooden dowel (not pictured).
Working our way up I started with the bottom tier, the microfiber blanket. I started by folding it in half length wise, then folding it in thirds so it is long and skinny. Then take one end and roll it up to the other. The roll is actually pretty lose, because I wanted to have a decent size foundation. (If you are using more materials I would recommend a tighter roll to support the weight of the top tiers, or placing a cup in the center of the roll for a stable foundation.) Once you have it rolled up, secure the tier with your yarn or ribbon.
The bottom tier
The second tier is made up of the five receiving blankets. I chose to roll each blanket individually, but you can lay them all together and roll them as one unit, it really just depends on the diameter of the tier you need. I started with one blanket folding it in half length wise, then folding it in thirds. From there you roll it up, and secure it with yarn or ribbon. Then repeat until you have all the blankets rolled. I chose to roll four of the blankets individually and then decided to wrap the fifth (and cutest blanket) around the others. Still folding the wrapping blanket in half then in thirds, I then gathered the other four individual rolls and wrapped the cute blanket around them, tightly. Once it is wrapped secure it with yarn or ribbon. Tier two complete!
The last tier was the onesies. So take the onesie, fold in half length wise and then roll from the bottom of the onesie to the top, tucking in the arms. Once it is rolled up, secure with yarn or ribbon. Repeat on the remaining onesies. Then gather the rolled up onesies into a group and secure with yarn or ribbon. Easy peasy.
Now that you have all three tiers rolled and secured, carefully stack them on top of one another in the proper order. To add some additional stability, take the wooden dowel and insert it through the middle of all three tiers. The dowel will help prevent the tiers for toppling over and it makes everything centered.
Now to the very last step, decorating! I had the plush monkey rattle and the shoes, and will probably be going back to add some personalized tags. I tucked the handle of the rattle under the wrapping blanket of the second tier so I didn’t have to use any adhesive or anything on the blankets. Then to top it off, little adorable shoes!! (The shoes are not attached to the cake and are the least stable, so if you plan on doing something along those lines, make sure you put the cake in a spot where it is least likely to get bumped.)
Ta-da!! A diaperless, diaper cake!!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and get the opportunity to shop for baby things soon!! It really is the best.
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*Pretty Savvy Parties is not affiliated with any of the stores listed including Target, TJ Maxx, and Ross. PSP does not receive any monetary action for endorsing their products. I just love to shop!