Sunday, October 9, 2011

how to: make a four wheeler diaper cake.

I've been contacted recently by someone who wanted detailed instructions on how to make the 4 wheeler diaper cake that I've posted here before.  I understand the frustration, as I searched all over for some instructions as well and couldn't find any  - so this is what I came up with myself after a little diaper engineering and a lot of trial and error.



Items needed:
Diapers (amount will vary for size of diapers you want to use.  For this example, I used 95 size 1 diapers)
Rubber bands
Double sided tape
Wide Ribbon
Narrow Ribbon
Curling ribbon (usu. white)
A round cake pan/round pyrex dish
4 receiving blankets
6 washcloths
1 baby dishwasher basket
1 pair of socks
1 bib
1 sippy cup with handles OR 1 baby bottle
Foam board/cardboard base
Any other decorations ( flowers, a stuffed animal, etc . .)

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I like to start with the wheels.  Take a folded diaper and roll it into a tube.  I like doing it from the base of the diaper to the opening. (If that makes sense).




Add another diaper over that one and another one after that, and then take a rubber band around all three. Now make this center of your wheel tight, but not too tight – you’ll have to fit the axle of the 4 wheeler through it later in the process.


Continue to add diapers around this tube, periodically using rubber bands (or even curling ribbon) to hold the wheel together until you get it to the size you like.

TIP: When it becomes difficult to hold the diapers together in a circular shape, I found it is helpful to have a round cake pan or a round pyrex/baking dish handy.  Place your growing your diaper tube/tire in the center with one end of the tube sticking up.  If your dish has a relatively low side, you’ll find that the diaper wheel will have it’s topmost edge sticking out.  When I find a size I am satisfied with, I then take some curling ribbon and tie it around the circumference of the diapers exposed.  Then I flip the dish over and carefully slide my wheel out.  While doing this, I wiggle my curling ribbon to the center of the wheel, so it holds everything in place nicely.


Also, for the last outer layer of diapers you might want to turn them facing in ( so the designs are not exposed) leaving you with a plain white wheel.

Make sure to make 4 wheels (A lot of people make these cakes as tricycles – but I found it easier with 4 wheels – and you can fit more diapers in that way anyway.)


Take a receiving blanket and roll it into a tube.  Take some rubber bands and use them to hold this tube shape together.

This will become the axle that will hole the 2 front wheels in place.

I usually fiddle around with the width I want (It should be around the width of the dishwasher basket – which will be the seat on the four wheeler plus the added width of the diaper wheels).

Make another “axle” with another blanket.



Take the axle and gently (and this part will take a while) wedge it’s end through the center of one wheel.
 

Take a single diaper and wrap it around the center of the axle.  Secure this with a rubber band.


Then take the free end of the axle and wedge it through the center of another diaper wheel.

Do this with the other 2 wheels remaining.  You should then have 2 sets of connected wheels for the front and back of your four wheeler.

Place the two sets of wheels on your cardboard base, one behind the other.



Take a length of wide ribbon and wrap it around the center of each wheel.  Secure this with double sided tape.


Take a washcloth and wrap it around the center of one of the axles, covering the diaper you secured their earlier.  Use double sided tape or curling ribbon to hold the washcloth on.  Repeat with the other axle.



Then take some of your wide ribbon, cut a section to place around the center of this washcloth.  Use double sided tape to hold this on.  Repeat with the other axle.




Take a length of narrow ribbon and do the same but over the center of the wide ribbon or on either side of the wide ribbon that you placed on each wheel. Secure this with double sided tape.  Repeat this with the remaining set of wheels.



Take the four remaining washcloths and fold them in half.  Place them over each of the four wheels and secure with double sided tape.



Take one of the receiving blankets and wrap it around the widest part of the dishwasher basket to form the seat.  Secure with double sided tape.



Then place the bib over the wrapped dishwasher basket and secure with double sided tape.



Take your remaining receiving blanket and fold it into a flattened tube.  This will become the handlebars of your four wheeler.



Take the flattened tube and wrap it around one end of the covered dishwasher basket.  Place your sippy cup or bottle in the center ( to become the headlight) and secure the blanket with a rubber band so  handlebars are formed.


TIP: I prefer to use the sippy cups with handles as opposed to those without them or baby bottles because you can then slip the handles of the cup around the sides of the flattened blanket tube, insuring it will not slip out after the cake is done.



Take your pair of socks and put them on the ends of the handlebars.




Take 2 lengths of narrow ribbon and use it to thread through the exposed sides of the dishwasher basket along the bottom.   The narrow ribbon basically go through the front, out the back and around both sets of axles.




 Knot the ribbons together and slide these under the 4 wheeler so they are not seen (unless you tie them with bows  at the front or back of the 4 wheeler because you want them visible.)



TIP: You can either measure off a length of ribbon and thread it through before you wrap the dishwasher basket in a blanket or set the already wrapped basket on it’s end, drop the ribbon in, and let gravity help you thread it through.

Add a bow around the rubberband holding the handlebars together.



At this point, you are pretty much done, unless you want to add any other embellishments.  You can add a stuffed animal sitting on the bike or put bows or flowers in the center of the wheels  .it's all up to you!

If you would like to see other examples of cakes  I've made in the past, you can click here and here.

Then just wrap the whole thing in clear cellophane and you're ready to give a lovely gift!

Happy Diaper Cake Making!

Here is the finished cake:









3 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for this! My daughter requested one for her baby shower next weekend and I've been putting it off because I was intimidated. Now I know exactly what to buy and how to assemble!!

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    1. Wonderful! Feel free to come on by and leave a link to your finished product! Would love to see what you created!

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  2. Hello,

    Beautiful idea about baby diaper cake! It is probably of the most unique gifts for a baby shower. And although your baby shower is going to benefit great form having just about any baby diaper cake as a decoration or as a gift, you can go even further to make sure that it's as unique as the baby whose life you're going to be celebrating. Thanks.

    Baby Hampers

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