January 6, 2012

Tricycle Diaper Cake Tutorial

I love when I have an opportunity to try something new. Even when it is just new to me. I have a baby shower to go to tonight and the gifts are supposed to be practical, i.e. diapers, wipes, etc. (baby #5, boy #4) and so I thought I'd try my hand at a diaper cake. So, I looked on 'the Google' for boy diaper cakes and saw some fun ideas, one being a tricycle which looked easy and fun and cute! First I made sure the hostesses were not planning on doing a diaper cake. I didn't want to step on any toes.

With the green light to proceed, I went shopping. I picked up a pack of size 1 diapers, 2 blue receiving blankets, a pair of blue baby socks, 2 blue bibs, a bottle and some ribbon.

I saw some pictures online showing people using a cake pan to form rounds of diapers. So I tried that and it worked great! I used a regular 8 inch pan and 20 diapers to make each tire. I added one at a time, overlapping about an inch.


Once I came around, I tucked the beginning diapers toward the center so the remaining diapers would end up on the outside.


Once all 20 diapers were added, I evened them out. Then I started to gently pull the diaper wheel out of the cake pan and put a rubber band around it to secure the diapers and continued pulling them out of the pan. Then I centered the rubber band and evened out the diapers.


Using my fist, I made a circular opening in the middle of the tires. Then I wrapped ribbon over the rubber bands down the center of the tire. I secured it with double stick tape every 3 or 4 diapers.


Next I rolled the receiving blankets. One of them I added a long piece of yarn down the center before rolling. I fed that blanket through two of the tires, the back of the third (front) tire goes between the back two. I strung the yarn through the front tire, effectively completing a circle. I pulled each end of the string up on top of the front tire, tied a knot to secure the three tires together. Then I shortened the tails of the knot.


Next I fed the other blanket through the front tire.


I placed a bib (puddle guard) on the front tire with the neck portion toward the back. I placed the bottle on top of the bib with the business end toward the back. (The bottom of the bottle becomes the headlight.) Because the bottle was one of those angled kinds I was able to sort of secure it with the bib.


Next, I brought both ends of the second blanket up over the bottle and secured it with a rubber band. Then I took the baby socks and added them to the ends of the blanket forming the handle bars. And then I added the other bib (the seat) with the neck portion going around the handle bars.


Over the rubber band I tied a bow. Then I decided to tuck the top bib under the second blanket.


And it's finished!


Isn't it cute?? I just love that argyle ribbon!

Enjoy your weekend!






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74 comments:

chiwei said...

Beautiful! I'll be making one in a week or so for a shower, and now I'll have something to work off of! Thanks and great job!

Rachel Rockwell said...

So cute!!! Perfect for a baby boy!!!

I have a linky party going on if you want to join... http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/01/vanilla-bean-iced-coffee-and-project.html

-Rachel @BubblyNatureCreations.com

My Beautiful World said...

Sending you the Happiest New Year Wishes Ever my friend. I look forward to many more wonderful visits with you in 2012 xo
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Jenn said...

This is so stinkin cute and very creative!

Jen said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for linking up, ~Jen

Cameron Meerdink said...

This is AMAZING - I almost want to have another baby and beg someone to make this for me ;) So cool!

Kassi at Truly Lovely said...

I'm the guest Show Off chooser over at Ladybird Ln this week... and guess what?? I featured YOU!!! Come see... http://www.ladybirdln.com/2012/01/weekend-show-offs_10.html

WhyCuzICan said...

WONDERFUL TUT!

Looked to see if it was already pinned at Pinterest, but nope- (others version, but not this adorable one) so I started a Pin for it-- hope lots will repin back to your site!

Awesome!
And yes, saw you spotlighted at Ladybird Ln
~Suzanne in NW IL
at WhyCuzICan

WhyCuzICan said...

Opps, I see lots have already pinned it- so I guess mine is a fresh pin (within like 3 min, I had 7 others repin from my new pin). Very popular there, Maiden!

Smiles, Suzanne

Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said...

This is just too cute!! I have never seen one like this. Really neato idea!

cathy@My1929Charmer said...

Just so cute, thanks for such a great tutorial. Very creative. Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Sunday's Best!

Susan said...

How cute is this!?! Thanks for a great tutorial.

xoxo
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Katie @ My Darling Days said...

You are so creative, great job!! Thanks for sharing, this is so neat!

Blessings from Cindy said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I am going to be a grandmother for the 1st time to twin girls & I am doing the decorating for the shower. This would be great as a table centerpiece, in pink of course! I am a new follower.
Blessings,
Cindy

Sara said...

So pretty! Hoping you can link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/01/turquoise-lovin-20.html

Six Sisters said...

What a great gift or centerpiece at a baby shower! Thank you for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible ideas. -The Sisters

Lindsi B said...

Seriously the BEST diaper "cake" I have ever seen!!! What a great post! Would you please share this with our readers for fun stuff fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-6.html

June Scott said...

Cutest diaper cake ever! Thanks for sharing, Kim!

Anne Dial said...

I know someone who is expecting twins... what a wonderful gift this would be <3

Becolorful said...

So fun that it absolutely needed to be featured later tonight on this week's Motivated Monday at BeColorful
Pam

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

So unique & eyecatching!! You've been featured at this week's Craftastic Link Party. Stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking up!

Mandy said...

I'll be featuring your tricycle tomorrow night at projectqueen.og!!!
Thanks so much for linking up. It's adorable.

mandy

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

That is absolutely AMAZING!! I will be making one for sure soon for a friend!

Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker said...

Thank you for sharing with Blog Stalking Thursday! You have been FEATURED! Don't forget to stop by and grab a featured button!

Kathy said...

I found your cute diaper tricycle on Pinterest & just finished mine. Many thanks for sharing the awesome tutorial!! I'm thrilled to be your latest follower.....love your "Thrifty to Nifty", too!! :)
Blessings!!

Akit said...

hi ,
I am searching for baby tricycles .So please tell me where i will get these ?

annapaola said...

ohhhh beautiful... many many thanks!!!
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chiwei said...

I finally made mine, and linked up your tutorial as well. If you have a moment, check it out!

http://onedogwoof.blogspot.com/2012/02/where-did-last-2-weeks-go.html

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mary said...

I made the tricycle cake for my daughters 'baby girl' shower....and it turned out beautiful. I loved it and so did everyone there.Your tutorial was great and very easy to follow thanks so much for this. p.s...it was pink.just wish I could post a photo.

Amy said...

This is such a cute twist on the classic diaper cake! Glad you entered One Crafty Contest; good luck!

Garage Sales R Us said...

I can't wait to do this for the next baby shower! I love it! I am visiting form the One Artsy Mama Craft Contest and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am a new follower! I hope you will stop by http://www.garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/ and do the same.

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Leah @ Diaper Cakes said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I've never thought about making a tricycle diaper cake. I mean I found the pictures online but I always thought that it was challenging to make. When you lay it down like that, it doesn't look too difficult.

Waseem said...

perfect gift...I have never seen one like this...like it.

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Anonymous said...

I just made one for a shower. I got a tin round pan (like for a cookie or veggie platter) and covered the top of the pan with fake grass that I cut from a mat. Too cute!

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I just have to say that your diaper cake is just completely adorable!

Taryl said...

Love it! Made it this week and it was a HIT at the baby shower. Your tutorial made it so easy! The only thing I did different was added a paper towel roll between the back two tires, just to give a little more stability. My receiving blanket was a little too small to reach around, so I rolled it on a diagonal and it worked perfectly. (the one that goes through the back two tires)

Anonymous said...

This is ADORABLE! Thank you for sharing.

cal8007 said...

Just adorable and so unique!!

Thanks for sharing,

Carmen L

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This is so stinkin cute and very creative!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the detailed directions. I'll be making one next week for a shower. Love this idea.

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Tausha Gifford said...

Thank You for the wonderful Instructions!!! I just made the trike for my Nephews Diaper shower!

Liberty Silvagni said...

This is by far, the greatest baby shower gift ideas I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing it!

Jenny Watson said...

These are interesting and great. Hope I would use your technique for any coming baby shower program. The tricycle concepts I got it here. I knew the motorcycle theme but did not knew about this.

Pieced Pastimes said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial. I needed a baby shower gift and this worked out perfectly. I posted about it on my blog (with a link back to your tutorial) if you care to see it. The post is at http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com/2013/03/tricycle-diaper-cake.html
Have a Wonderful Day,
Suzanne
Pieced Pastimes

Kafran said...

merci beaucoup pour ce tuto...
je l'ai fait pour ma petite fille...
voici le lien
http://leblogdekafran.blogspot.ca/2012_08_01_archive.html

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Michele Alger said...

A friend of mine is making this for a baby shower I'm hosting next week. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial!! We both really appreciate it! ;)

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Daiza G. said...

Thanks for the great simple steps!! So easy and so cute! Onething I have had issues with however has been flat tires! Do you have any suggestions on how to fix? Yours look perfectly round! Help!

Cheryl M. said...

Thanks for the great tutorial!! I just finished this for my newest grandson! With some "modifications" to start I used newborn sized diapers, I only had a 9inch spring form pan, then, I did the first tire "backwards"-put the waist side out instead of in-I did not notice it until I got the second tire done-right-after showing it to my husband, he liked the first one, said it looked like a mudder tire, so yep, the third tire was a mudder also! (we live in the country on a big farm!)I used pencils and an extra pair of socks in the handlebars for stiffness. I would gladly share a pic if I knew how to upload here, sorry...THANKS again..was quick, easy and very cute!!!!

Joyce said...

I love the tricycle diaper cake!!!!! We just got weekend visitations with my first granddaughter. She is 7 months old. We are planning a Meet & Greet shower for the family to meet her. Can you use size 3 diapers and how many to make the wheels?

MariLynn said...

This is adorable. So creative!!

Anonymous said...

awesome...just right on time for my sister's incoming baby (boy) shower :D ill definitely going to do this :D thank you very much for a great idea and tutorial..

chris S said...

I made one for a girl and it came out great! Thank you for the idea! The link to mine on my Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/cjs1279/posts/10152212181444434:0

Anonymous said...

I think this is a great idea for a diaper cake. The only question I have is: When taking it apart will the double-sided tape tear the diapers and ruin them?

Anonymous said...

I just made this for a baby shower coming up next week. It is so sweet! The only thing I did different was to add a binkie to the handle bar for a bell. Thank you so much for the instructions I am sure it will be a hit!

Diana McAllister said...

Love this..so cute and not hard to make. Thanks for sharing.

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This is the cutest thing...my granddaughter is having our first great grandson and the lovely couple loves hunting and camouflage. I am going to try to do one with the camo-hunting motif and see how that does. Thanks so much for sharing this, and thanks to my cousin Jeannette for sharing it with me. :)
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Anonymous said...

The binky as a bell is a really cute idea!

Anonymous said...

I'm curious how do you transport it?

Anonymous said...

I think that is one of the most creative thing I have ever seen, and I have been around a while! Just amazing! Thank you for sharing it! I don't have any baby's coming in my life til maybe I get a great grand child, but just wanted you to know that you have a brilliant mind! Best wishes, Nancy, in North Myrtle Beach SC

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Crazedmom said...

thank you because i was looking for a non-traditional diaper cake...if you have any other ideas can you let me know.

Virginia liberty said...

I'm gonna try this I hope I can do it it sound's easy enough I just hope mine is as cute

Nikki M said...

Quick question. I used the double sided tape for the ribbon around the diapers and it does not stick. Any other suggestions?

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I think I figured out my issue....I was using removable double sided tape. I will try tonight with permanent double sided tape.

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Will it work with a nine inch pan?

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