15 Minute Diaper Cake Tutorial Using Diaper Genie Refills & Just 17 Diapers!

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15 Minute Diaper Cake Tutorial - Must Have Mom

I think diaper cakes are the most adorable baby gifts ever! They don’t have to be expensive or time consuming to make either. I created this diaper cake using diaper genie refills for the center structure and 17 size three diapers. Then I decorated it with baby supplies. It takes about 15 minutes to make and leaves a lasting impression with it’s recipient! You can even shop the expecting mom’s baby registry and include items from her registry to create the cake. I love that I was able to shop off my friend’s baby registry and turn her gift into a cute presentation. So much better than a gift bag! Many new moms have a diaper genie and diaper genie refills on their baby registry, just like my friend did. This is a great way to fulfill their registry while still making a cute diaper cake. This diaper cake tutorial is easy to follow and quick to make!

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To create the diaper cake you will need:

  • 3 Diaper Genie Refills (I bought two 2-packs)
  • 17 size three diapers
  • yarn or string
  • large rubberband
  • Pretty ribbon
  • 2 flannel receiving blankets (the thin ones)
  • Tape
  • “Decorations” of your choice – I used teethers, pacifier clip, toys, bowtie, hairbrush)
  • 3 baby washcloths for the “pops” on the top of the cake
  • 3 lollipop sticks
  • 3 5″ x 5″ white mesh squares for “pops” on top of the cake
  • Scissors
  • Cake plate or disposable cardboard cake circle

Diaper Genie Diaper Cake Step 1

Step 1: Using one diaper genie refill, wrap 12 diapers around it, layering them one on top of the other so they are overlapping around the diaper genie refill.

Diaper Genie Diaper Cake Step 2

Continue all the way around the diaper genie refill until it’s covered. Then use your yarn to tie the diapers tightly in place. I looped around the diapers twice before tying my knot.

Step 2: Repeat the same process with a second diaper genie refill but only use 5 diapers for this layer and use 2 diaper genie refills for the inside. You can also use 2 diaper genie refills for the first layer if you’d like, but it’s not necessary.

Diaper Genie Diaper Cake Step 3

Step 3: Fold the flannel receiving blankets in quarters. Roll them like a jelly roll, one inside the other. Tie with yarn or secure with rubber band.

Diaper Genie Diaper Cake Step 4

Step 4: Stack your layers together.

Diaper Genie Diaper Cake Step 5

Step 5: Using your decorative ribbon tie around each layer of diapers to cover the yarn or rubber bands used to secure the diapers. Tape the ends to secure.

Step 6: If you would like to make the lollipops for the top of the cake they are quick and easy! Just use your baby washcloths and fold them up to create a skinny “snake” with them. Then roll like a snake to create the lollipop look. Wrap with white mesh piece, gathering at bottom. Insert lollipop stick and twist the bottom of the mesh to secure. Then tie tightly with ribbon. Stick them in the top of the cake!

Diaper Genie Diaper Cake Tutorial - Must Have Mom

Step 7: Now the fun part! Decorate with whatever baby items you picked out! I added a cake plate under my cake to create a nice display. Alternatively you can use a disposable cardboard circular cake sheet. Then secure items under the ribbon to hold in place.

In just 15 minutes you’ve created a beautiful baby gift!

Have you ever made a diaper cake?


  1. That’s adorable! What a cute idea!

  2. Great idea putting the genie in the middle, I bet it offers a lot of support but is also a useful gift too – great how-to!

  3. This is adorable! I want one of these for a friend that has a shower coming up.

  4. Very cool diaper cake.

  5. What a great idea for a shower gift!!!! Love this!

  6. I’m expecting! Does that mean I can make myself an adorable diaper cake like this? I didn’t know you could make one in about 15 minutes, that’s amazing.

  7. I almost did this same thing myself! I love how yours turned out! Super easy and fun for a baby shower, this is perfect!

  8. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Wow, this is too cute!! I never received a diaper cake, but I wish I had!!

  9. Wow~! What a great shower idea! I would love to make this for my niece.

  10. This one is so pretty! I have made one in the past and turned out pretty good. 🙂 This one is better though.

  11. That has to be the most adorable use of diapers I’ve ever seen. This would be a perfect centerpiece at a baby shower.

  12. What a cute diaper cake! It’s so much simpler than many other ones I have seen.

  13. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I’ve always wondered what a diaper cake looks like. After seeing your photos and reading your instructions, I understand. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Oh my goodness, this is the cutest thing ever! MY little sister is due this month and this looks perfect for her! Thanks so much

  15. You make it look so easy lol! I love the way it came out, but I doubt mine would come out half as awesome as yours.

  16. Your are really creative. I can’t wait to have a baby shower to go too, to try this out.

  17. Oh that is such an adorable diaper cake! And so easy to make! I love it! Those are always the favorite gifts at baby showers.

  18. That is a cute diaper cake. I always wanted to try to make one.

  19. That is adorable! And even better it looks esy enough for me to make it!

  20. I’ve never seen diapers look so patriotic. What a creative idea!

  21. It’s vvery festive.

  22. That’s one of the cutest diaper cakes I’ve seen. I love all the goodies tucked in and around it!

  23. Rebecca Parsons says:

    This is great. I had to do two of them in the same day and it wore me out lol. I think this is a great idea.

  24. So cute! I’ve made a few of these and they are always so much fun to make and give!

  25. vickie couturier says:

    how cute,,will do this on the next grandbaby shower I need to go too,they will love it

  26. Haha, I love it!

  27. Sarah Oswald says:

    I love this because you dont have to roll up a bunch of diapers and this one looks alot easier the others I have seen thanks for sharing.

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