Hello! Today I thought I would share with you the owl diaper cake I recently made as a gift for a friend’s baby shower. She loves owls so it was pretty much a no-brainer to make my diaper cake owl-inspired! I looked on Pinterest and found some really cute ideas and lots of little owl diaper cakes, all pretty much the same with slight variations! Below is the tutorial for my owl diaper cake :)
Tutorial for Owl Diaper Cake!
- Diapers! 30 total, I used size 1
- Baby Blanket
- Baby bib
- **update** I used the Just One You Made by Carters bib found at Target. It came in a three-pack and measured 6.3 “x 7”. Any bib will work, though I would choose a small one!
- 1 pair of baby socks
- 2 flower hair clips for baby
- Two white shank buttons
- Two metal studs, or anything round to make eyes
- Rubber bands
- Two cue tips (not pictured)
- Two paper clips (not pictured)
- Hot glue gun
STEP ONE: Create the owl eyes!
For the eyes I used two lavender flower hair clips that came in a set for baby girl. I found it on clearance at BuyBuyBaby for under $2! To make the eye ball, I used two white shank buttons (the ones with the little plastic hole sticking out the back of the button) and found two brass metal pushpins. You could really use anything to make the eyes on the button, even Sharpie! I hot-glued my brass eyes onto the buttons and then loosely sewed the buttons into the center of the flowers. I didn’t want to hot-glue those in because it would make the barrettes un-wearable!
STEP TWO: Roll the diaper eyes!
I used 5 diapers for each diaper eye. I layered them in a row, overlapping each other about halfway. I then rolled them up really tightly and rubber-banded them! Done!
STEP THREE: Roll the diaper body!
For the body I used 20 diapers and a round cake pan to help keep the shape as I overlapped them. After I had all the diapers overlapped in the pan, I went through to try and make them equally spaced. I then started pushing them in to make my spiral as tight as possible. I had to keep re-spacing them as I did this, but eventually, I had a nice tight roll that I rubber-banded.
STEP FOUR: Stack the body!
To stack the body, I laid the bib on top of the diaper body and then placed both eyes on top of the bib – so basically, I sandwiched the bib in between the diaper rolls. I wrapped a ribbon as tightly as possible around the whole thing to keep everything in place. I had originally used a pretty lavender ribbon that was sheer so I could see my rubber bands through it. I decided to take a thinner purple ribbon I had and go around the owl again to cover the rubber bands up.
STEP FIVE: Add blanket wings and ears!
Next, I stood the owl upright and took the baby blanket (which was adorably covered in little owls) and draped it over the owl. It was a bit too long…so I decided to make the ears out of the blanket instead of the little socks as I had planned. I tied a rubber band around the blanket right underneath the owl’s eyes, lifting up the bib to hide it. Then I squeezed out two little ears, trying to keep the wing length even and the ears as close to the same size as possible. I used two paper clips to hold the ears in place.
STEP SIX: Add the beak and eyes!
Finally, it was time to add the beak and eyes! I folded a pair of purple baby socks into a triangle and stuck it in between the owl’s diaper eyes. To get my owl eyes to attach to the diapers, I had to get a little creative. I used two cue tips and folded them to make a little U. Then I stuck it in the diaper roll and clipped on my barrettes. The cute little owl diaper cake was finished!! Yay!
To see the great diaper cakes that inspired this one, check out my Pinterest Gallery, Diaper Cakes! Lots are available on Etsy if you would rather purchase one than make it!