My cactus diaper cake is sponsored by Parent’s Choice diapers.I I’ve never attempted a diaper cake before but I was inspired to create something different and fun but also still useful for a new baby. My saguaro cactus diaper cake is a fun play on a traditional diaper cake, perfect for a uniquely themed baby shower (like southwestern, cowboy, Arizona, heck even Toy Story)!
Unique Cactus Diaper Cake Supplies
- ~75 Diapers
- ~100 Rubberbands
- 4 Yards 1 1/2 inch Green Ribbon
- Poster Board
- Double Sided Tape
- Decorative Flowers
- Baby Owl Toy
Start by rolling each diaper and securing it with a rubber band. It’s best to start at the waistline of the diaper and roll towards the bottom. You can see in the picture below how much neater the diaper looks when rolled correctly compared with rolling the diaper the opposite way. We didn’t figured this out until we had rolled most of the diapers. We ended up having to go back and re-roll about half the diapers to get a neat, consistent look.
Using slightly larger rubber bands, create sets of three rolled diapers. This will allow you to easily stand up the diapers in a row and create the trunk of the cactus. Keep the rubber bands as close to the center of the diapers as possible. This makes it easier to cover with the ribbon later.
It’s important that the rubber bands keep the diapers snug together but not too tight., you don’t want to damage the diapers. Once you have most of the diapers secured in sets of three you can start setting up your cactus design. We ended up using a few rolled diaper pairs and single diapers to finish our design.
Keep in mind that saguaro cacti come in many shapes and sizes, so no one design is right. Make sure you start creating the cactus on top of the poster board so that you can move the diaper cake once it’s done. I added a little leftover green ribbon to decorate my board but you could also cover it in a fun paper.
Once your are happy with your design, secure the shape by wrapping the green ribbon around the perimeter. We used green paper clips to attach the ribbon at various key points (especially important around the curves). Slip the front of the paperclip into the ribbon and the back of the paperclip into the closest rubber band. It will take a little time to get the ribbon adjusted to your liking.
Diaper cakes are always decorated with fun accessories, and mine is no different. There are several birds that will live in a saguaro cactus including cactus wrens and woodpeckers. I didn’t have any luck finding those birds as a cute baby toy but I did find a baby owl toy. Thankfully owls also live in saguaros. To keep the diaper cake fun and whimsical we found decorative flowers in bright colors and attached them with doubled sided tape.
I am really happy with how the cactus diaper cake turned out. It’s truly a unique baby shower gift that’s also practical.
Have you ever made a diaper cake before?
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