Published: Aug 15, 2019
Updated: Mar 07, 2023
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Do you know any soon-to-be parents? If you’re heading to a baby shower soon or would like to give expecting parents a cute gift, these diaper babies are a perfect DIY gift idea. Not only are they cute, they’re easy to make, but they are also VERY useful. No cumbersome pins, sticky glue, or unnecessary supplies are needed. When the diapers are needed for the newborn, they come apart quickly and are ready to use! Plus, I’ve made a quick video to show you how to assemble them. Be sure to pin and keep this tutorial for any future showers you will be going to!
I think that diaper cakes are so cute and my mother-in-law made a great one for me when was pregnant with my daughter. But, they take A LOT of work and aren’t exactly simple to create. If you’ve followed me for awhile, then you know difficult crafts are not my thing ? Diaper babies are simple to assemble, quick from start to finish, and ADORABLE!
Ironically, my daughter has been wanting to make diaper babies so we went out shopping for the supplies together and worked on them until we had the tutorial perfect to share with you! You might have seen us working on them last night in my Instagram stories.
First things first, you will start with baby washcloths. Not all washcloths are super easy to work with though. At first we bought some inexpensive ones from Walmart. Although they were SUPER cute (aren’t all baby supplies cute?), they had an extra edge along the cloth that made it hard to wrap around the diapers.
We used newborn sized diapers, but premie diapers, size 1 diapers, or even size 2 diapers will work as well! So then I headed to the dollar store to look at their washcloths. That’s where we found these perfect ones! They have a thin edge that is great for wrapping the diapers without being too bulky.
You will also need some itty bitty newborn baby socks! Ahhhhhh they’re just so adorable! When it comes to the colors, pick any that work with the shower, the gender, or whatever you like. The color options are endless!
Supplies to Make Diaper Babies
Thin tip markers/pens
Roll the diapers tightly as shown above and the video. What I LOVE is that I discovered that Scotch tap DOES NOT ruin the diapers! I have seen diaper babies made with pins and rubber bands. A lot of diaper cakes use pins and rubber bands as well. Bu, I specifically remember how paranoid the tiny pins made me when I unwrapped my diaper cake. New moms and dads don’t want pins around babies so making sure you don’t drop one or miss one makes more work that new parents don’t need.
Simple tape keeps the diapers rolled up tightly and keeps the washcloths wrapped perfectly! When it’s time for the new parents to unwrap them, it’s quick and easy without hassle or sharp objects.
I also like that pretty much all of us have Scotch tape in our home already so it’s one less supply to purchase when making a diaper baby. I can’t say I have pins or rubber bands anywhere in all of my craft supplies. Anyways, like I mentioned, I like to keep my crafts simple and affordable!
More washcloth crafts by Smart School House to try next:
Once the diapers are all wrapped up, you add the sock as the baby’s hat and draw on little eyes. We used thin tipped colored sharpies in blue, brown, and green.
We stacked them in a small white wire organization basket that I picked up in the kitchen aisle at the dollar store when I got the washcloths. I added regular (unwrapped) diapers behind the diaper babies to prop them up in the basket.
Here are the printable directions to help you make your very own diaper babies!
How to Make Diaper Babies
- Baby washcloths
- Baby socks
- Scotch tape
- Thin tip markers/pens
- Small basket
- Fold the washcloth in half
- Roll a diaper tightly and secure it with tape
- Place the rolled up diaper in the center of the folded washcloth as shown
- Put one side over the diaper
- Wrap the second size of the washcloth and secure it in the back with tape
- Add a baby sock on top as the baby’s hat
- Add eyes with thin pens/markers
- Place the diaper babies in a small basket, using regular diapers behind them to prop them up and help them stand up straight.
Seriously the cutest baby shower gift I’ve seen in awhile!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!