Nests and eggs (optional)
Have you ever seen a diaper cake? It’s the most adorable thing for a baby shower! There are all sorts of designs for a diaper cake but most are tiered, featuring a larger diaper cake on the bottom, a slightly smaller one in the middle of the stack, and a small one on top. Even though the cake isn’t edible, it makes a nice centerpiece for a baby shower gift table, and it’s one of a new mom’s favorite gifts. When you do just one more step to make the cake, you create something very useful – and truly unique. Your diaper cake gift will not only give the new mom lots of diapers but will also offer a cute gift for the baby’s nursery. A birdhouse cake is unusual yet adorable.
By the time you’ve created the diaper cake it’s no big hassle to turn it into a birdhouse cake. You’ll start by purchasing newborn diapers, and rolling them. Remove a diaper from the pack, start with the open end, and roll it towards the fold. The tiniest piece of clear tape will hold the roll in place. Make many diaper rolls to design the cake that you like.
To hold the cake, start out with a circle of wood, a round platter, or something similar. It will form the base of the diaper cake and make it easier to transport or to carry. Stand one diaper on the center of the tray, positioning it so that the fold is upward, and then create a circle of diapers around that one. Continue in that manner to create a large “cake” of diapers. Make a slightly smaller cake of diapers on top of that one, and a smaller one on top of that. A ribbon, tied around each tier, decorates the cake and holds the diapers together.
Stand a small birdhouse on the very top of the diaper cake. It will look most convincing if you use raffia, or a similar material, here and there, on the tiers of the cake. Put some around the birdhouse, and some more on each tier, and then set craft birds on each tier. If you want, make or buy tiny bird nests, and put one on each tier. Drop candy or plastic eggs into each nest to complete the diaper cake. The new mom is going to think it’s one of the most unique gifts at the baby shower – and one of the most useful.