Nappy Cake Tutorial!

Nappy cakes are a great gift for a baby shower or new baby.  They’re both novelty and useful.  Inexpensive to make aswell; they just take a little time.


  • Approximately 48 nappies
  • 2.5 metres of wide ribbon (5cm) in blue, pink or yellow.
  • 2.5 metres of wool or string
  • Card toppers or embellishments (I used a decoupage kit from Cardznscrapz)
  • Double sided tape and Sticky foam pads (you can get them from cardznscrapz aswell)
  • Bamboo kebab sticks or knitting needles.
  • Cake board or thick card and pretty paper to cover it.


Start with the bottom tier.  For the bottom tier I used 22 size 2 nappies for the middle tier I used 16 size 1 nappies, and for the top tier I used 8 size  nappies.

It’s hard to explain how to ‘mould’ them into the cake shape but I took some photos at different stages to show how I did it.

Imagine a clock face and put a quarter of your nappies (for that tier) pointing at 12, 3, 6 and 9.  The open part of the nappy should be at the centre, and the folded part on the outside.

Carefully move the nappies into a fuller circle, keeping it as tight as you can.

Wrap some string or wool around the nappies, pull it tight and tie a knot.  Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect you can adjust the nappies afterwards.

Wrap some ribbon around the nappies, making sure to cover the string.  Secure with a piece of double-sided tape.  Fold over the end to give a neat edge.

Repeat for the other two tiers.  Stack the tiers on top of each other and use some knitting needles or bamboo kebab sticks to secure them.

I used a piece from a cardboard cupcake stand to put the nappy cake on.  You could use a cake board or cover a piece of cardboard with some wrapping paper either.

Cut out your embellishments and attach them using sticky foam pads.  Et voila!  A great gift at a great price!

This nappy cake has some ‘Boofle’ embellishments from Do Crafts.


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2 thoughts on “Nappy Cake Tutorial!

  1. Katherine Gallagher January 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm Reply

    This was brilliant. I used your method to make a small nappy cake tonight (14 nappies) and cheated with the ring from my cake tin. So pleased with the result. Thanks for the brilliant tutorial 🙂

    • mrsdeeotoole October 25, 2015 at 10:51 pm Reply

      That’s great Katherine! I would love to see a photo!

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