My sister, Judy, created four different centerpieces for her daughter’s recent baby shower. My favorite was so simple that even I could do it!
Judy took a large piggy bank and nestled inside a tissue paper pom pom (in pink of course!). It was adorable. To make it even more special, purchase a porcelain marker (or a few) and write the baby’s name on the side or have the guests sign it. How fun!
The second one was easy as well. A sweet bunny with a set of boxes filled with trinkets for the baby. Since this was a book themed shower, it would have looked amazing on a stack of vintage books.
DIY Diaper Cake Baby Shower Centerpieces
The last two centerpieces took a little more work. Both were built on a diaper cake base and then decorated with ribbons, fabric, and gifts for the baby. To create these easy diaper cake bases, purchase a large pack of newborn diapers (white and plain look best as do the newborn size), and a few embellishments found at any craft store.
Diaper Cake Centerpiece Tutorial
Supplies – Makes one diaper cake centerpiece
- 1 yard grosgrain ribbon
- 1 approx 11″ x 5″ piece of cotton fabric
- 1 large rubber band
- 1 9″ round cake pan
- 1 large diaper pin
- 19-20 newborn disposable diapers
- 1 small baby toy or a pair of baby shoes
STEP 1: Using an 9″ round cake pan, lay the diapers on their side, packing them as tightly as possible, and fanning them out to create a shape like below (shown on its side). The waistbands are hidden in the inside of the cake and the folded portion of the diaper makes the outside. Judy was able to get 19-20 diapers in each 9″ pan.
Step 2: Once you get the pan filled, use a large and sturdy rubber band (or two) to hold the diapers in place and then remove them from the pan.
Step 3: Embellish! Judy used a 1″ grosgrain ribbon layered on top of cotton fabric which had been folded over and pressed (no sewing!) to create a finished look. A large diaper pin secures the ribbon and fabric in place and grosgrain ribbon in place.
Alternative Embellishments: Use scrap fabric or cut up a child’s dress from the local thrift shop for a thriftier version. Or look for a 2nd hand pink sweater which can be cut up and hemmed as a ribbon.
Step 4: Top the diaper cake layer with gifts like a pair of sweet pink Mary Jane shoes which the baby will wear in a few years, or a gray baby tub toy elephant she’ll play with soon.
I love that all of the centerpieces were also gifts for the new mom – how cute is that!
Next I’ll share the baby shower menu – it was so delicious!