Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sea Creature Diaper Cake (Guest Crafter for Carson's Creations)

I'm so excited to be featured as guest crafter today at Carson's Creations -- many thanks to Georgiana for such an honor!  If you've come from Georgiana's blog, thanks for visiting!  If not, please visit Georgiana and check out her amazing creations.

I'm sharing one of my favorite craft projects with you today -- a diaper cake decorated with Cricut die cuts!

Diaper cakes are wonderful baby shower gifts.  I was blessed by a diaper cake when my son was born, and I began making them for my expectant friends.  I learned to make diaper cakes from this YouTube video by CreativeBabyShowers:


For this diaper cake, I chose a sea creature theme; it's the recipient's nursery theme and colors.  Once you've made your diaper cake base as shown in the video, you'll need the following items:

  • completed diaper cake base
  • ribbons in two widths (Mine are 1.5 and 2.5 inches.)
  • die cuts (I used cuts from Create a Critter and Playtime cartridges; see end of entry for more details.)
  • floral stems or bush
  • double-stick tape
  • scissors

Wrap the wider ribbon around the diaper cake layers to hide rubber bands.  Secure with double-stick tape placed along rubber band line every few inches.  Repeat with the smaller-width ribbon layered on top of the first ribbon, again securing with double-stick tape.

Place your die cuts around the diaper cake as desired; secure to ribbon with double-stick tape.

Cut small sprigs from your floral stem or bush and use as accents for the cake topper and around the die cuts.  Stems need to be approximately 3 to 4 inches long.  Wedge the stems between or under the rolled diapers; do not use glue, as it will damage the diapers.  I used a greenery bush that reminded me of seaweed to keep with the sea creature theme.

Secure die cut as topper of the diaper cake.  I used regular transparent tape to fasten the die cut to a wooden skewer and stuck the skewer between diapers.  But don't limit yourself to just die cuts -- I often use a small stuffed animal or teething toy as a topper.

And now you have a super cute diaper cake!  Below are some close-ups of the topper and die-cuts for this sea creature diaper cake:

Cricut Cut Details:
  • All animals are from Create a Critter; frog, whale, seahorse, jellyfish, and octopus cut at 3.5 inches; turtle and fish cut at 2.5 inches.
  • Topper tag is <princess> and <princess_s> from Playtime, cut at 2.25 inches.
  • Letters for "LANDON" from Opposites Attract using Opposite font, cut at 1.25 inches.
  • Embossing for topper tag is Spots & Dots Cuttlebug folder.
  • Textured cardstock is Core'dinations; non-textured cardstock is from The Paper Studio.
  • Inking with cyan and green Colorbox petal point ink pads.

I've enjoyed sharing this project with you today.  Thanks again to Georgiana for such a special honor!  I'm really, really proud of how this project turned out, so I'm entering it into a couple challenges, too:

Cooking with Cricut:  Challenge #41 - Anything Goes
Decorate to Celebrate:  Challenge #3 - Adult's Birthday Party - My project doesn't fit the theme, but they allow any decoration to be entered.

And...if you're thinking this project looks familiar, you might recall the coordinating card I made last week:


  1. What a darling diaper cake--super cute! It's sure to be a hit!

  2. Congrats on the guest designer spot! Good looking diaper cake!

  3. Love this!! And I love that sentiment also. Thanks for playing along with us at Cooking with Cricut.

  4. This is just tooo cute. Love it.

  5. Cool cake!!! I had one at my baby shower- brings back happy memories!! TY~!

  6. I absolutely love your diaper cake and the matching card!! Super adorable, new follower here :0)

  7. Thank you for being a FABULOUS guest crafter. Your project is awesome and all the details you included to make one were easy to understand. If I need a baby shower gift I feel comfortable making one now. Thanks again!
    Carson's Creations

  8. Great cake, Jessica! Love the color palette and your sea creatures are adorable. Thanks for joining our "Anything Goes" challenge at Cooking With Cricut this week.

    ~ Jen, CWC Design Team

  9. Super cute cake. Love the cut outs you used to decorate! TFS and thanks for playing with us at Cooking With Cricut this week.
    ~Madison CWCDT

  10. This is amazing. I'm speechless (well, as speechless I can be). I have another award for you.
    Nita :)

  11. This is so awesome! Your instructions were so clear and easy to follow, I am going to give one of these a try! Thanks so much for joining us at Decorate to Celebrate!! :)

    Decorate to Celebrate Guest Designer

  12. This diaper cake is so awesome. I will give this a try one day. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  13. I've always envied people who knew how to make these cakes and now I can be one of those peopel! LOL! Thanks so much for posting a tutorial for making one.

    This is incredible! You used my favorite cart too:) I'm a new follower!

  14. Great job, this is super cute! Saw it on Decorate to Celebrate!

  15. Love the cake! Adorable punny saying on the card, too. Fabulous color choices!
    Oh, and congrats on your GDT spot with Georgiana!

  16. So adorable!!! Thanks so much for playing with us over at Decorate to Celebrate.

    Guest Designer

  17. hi jessica this is Rhonda at decorate to celebrate could you please email me when you read this at thank you

  18. Adorable!!! Thanks for the great tutorial and your project is terrific! :)Amy
    New follower stopped by to visit!

  19. Great job on every aspect of your project! Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for playing with us at Cooking with Cricut :)

    ~Roberta, CWC DT

  20. Love this project! I am a new follower. I found your blog through decoratetocelebrate's blog


  21. Jessica, I love this diaper cake. My daughters baby shower is going to be turtles. How do I find "Create a Critter" to learn how to make the animals? Sorry, I'm brand new to this site.... ? Thank you, Kathy