Owl Diaper Cake Tutorial: Great Baby Shower Gift!

Owl diaper cakeThis owl diaper cake makes an adorable gift to give to a new mom. It’s full of diapers and other useful baby items. You can adapt it for a boy, girl, or gender-neutral baby shower by varying the colours of the items you choose. Best of all, it’s quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive to make, with the biggest cost of course being the diapers. Here’s how I made my cute little owl for a sweet little girl!

You Will Need:

  • 1 small package size 1 or 2 diapers*
  • 2 baby spoons for the pupils
  • 1 baby washcloth for the beak
  • 1 pair of baby socks for the ears
  • 1 receiving blanket
  • 1 bib large enough to cover the body
  • Elastics, ribbon and bias tape

*Note about diapers:  I used size 1’s for the eyes and size 2’s for the body. Sorry, I don’t remember exactly how many! I think a small package of about 50 or so would do. If you want, you could also buy a larger box and give the extras as part of the gift. Any new mom would appreciate that for sure!

How to Assemble:

1. Make the body by packing the diapers in a circular shape. I used a plastic microwave cover to help hold them in place, but pretty much any flat circular container will work. Pack as tightly as possible and then roll up a diaper to fill in the centre (this part is not pictured). Secure with a large elastic.

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2. Make two smaller circles for the eyes, securing with elastics. Stick spoons in the centre for pupils. Wrap a large elastic around the eyes to hold them together.

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3. Wrap a wide ribbon around the body to cover the elastic, tying the ends on top. Pull the ends through the elastic that is holding the eyes together and tie in place.

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4. Cover the body with the bib. (Mine had teething rings attached to it.) Fold a washcloth in a triangular shape and tuck into the space between the eyes for the beak.

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5. Fold the receiving blanket to the width of the diapers. Use it to cover the top of the owl’s head. The ends should drape down for the wings.

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6. Tie a string of bias tape around the body and eyes to hold them in place, with the bow on top, then tie another bow around the neck.

7. Tuck socks under the bias tape on the owl’s head for ears.

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And voilà, the finished product!

Owl diaper cake