Busy busy Christmas season! Before I completely forget it, I'm posting about my 1st (and 2nd) attempt at making nappy cakes. We were about to hold a baby shower for 2 buntis friends, how special is that?! And my gift to them is a pair of nappy cakes. I finally got to make not one but two! One for a baby boy and one for a baby girl. I've already planned it all in advance, 2 nappy cakes, matching blue and pink embelishments, and I had a budget too. That's part of the challenge. 2 can be quite pricey, so the contents must be essential and practical! During the planning of my own babyshower a year ago,I remember asking a friend if someone is giving me a nappycake, kasi if none of them are, I'm considering making one for myself... That's just how addicted I am to the idea.
My materials and nappy cake contents include the following:

•35 pcs pack of small size Smile diaper (it's not your popular brand, but it's highly recommended. I like it better than the Pampers and Huggies, sorry multi national corps.)
•6 pcs lampin
•2 hooded towels
•2 newborn onesies
•8 small washcloths
•1 pink bib
•1 blue bonnet
•2 teddy bear toppers (our baby shower theme)
•2 paper plates
•transparent nylon strings
•pink and blue japanese paper strips / pretty ribbons are better but I was at a budget ;)

Finally the steps, which I customized using various resouces at pinterest and youtube and from my own nappy cake gift (yes, I have understanding friends who did buy me one:))
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I found this tool essential! Any circular box or can. I found it impossible to make anything sturdy without the help of this "molding" tool. :) it is essential to work on a clean surface too.
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I spread the hooded towel onto the box, making sure face of the animal on the hoodie has allowance for folding
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Stuff the nappies i to the box, on top of the towel. I found i need not roll thenappies yet here. Leave a hole at the center.
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Stuff and fold the edges of the towel in the hole you've made. Be sure not to stuff the hoodie animal face
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Once it is stuffed folded and secure you can get it out of the box. I personally turned the box upside down, gently of course
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Tie with a nylon thread to secure. I personally don't like to use double sides tape because despite the sturdiness it brings, the tape tends to stick and it gets hard to wash off. It might even damage the nappies. Also, I placed the 'official' 1st layer of my cake onto a paper plate as base.
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I now inserted a lampin (cloth diaper) into the middle hole. It is rolled up like this to provide a 'spine' for the next layers. I also used an old ponytail ( never been used) to tie at the middle
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Next is to roll up more nappies and insert them one by one into the ponytail until it forms the second layer. By this time I've used up around 24 pcs of diapers.
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Fold up the hoodie towel's animal face. You can tuck edges into the diapers to make it look neat
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I removed the ponytail after tying nylon thread around the 2nd layer. The 3rd and top layer is too small for nappies so I put rolled wash cloths (using the same procedure with the ponytail as the 2nd layer) instead. I also added a onesie, with the sleeves not folded so the design will show.
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Some tucking and it now looks like this. Since I wanted to add height to the cake, I decided on this banner/ streamer design and a bear topper (bear can also be used by baby as first toy)
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To put the bear in place I pinned its bottom to the onesie Before I tucked its edges.
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For the poles of the banner I just rolled up 2 sheets if blue construction paper, punched holes at the tip and tied a string of nylon onto each.
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I spread glue on the string and just gently pasted tiny banner cutouts I made from japanese/tissue paper
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I used more Japanese paper to cover the nylon strings and to decorate the 1st and 2nd layers. Voila the finished products, my 1st and 2nd! Not too bad if I may say so. :)
I hope to blog about the shower and the wonderful time we had. I'll post that next. In the meantime I hope you're able to pick up some useful tips here. Do share if you have a special technique in making nappy cakes!
 


Comments

Cheryl
12/06/2012 8:10am

Ang cute marns. Party organizer ka na? Hehehe

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Marns Chua - Santos
12/06/2012 8:27am

Aspiring lang :D

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sheila
12/07/2012 9:48pm

Nice marns! :)

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Marns Chua - Santos
12/08/2012 6:47am

Thanks sheila

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