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How to Make a Diaper Cake into a Huge Success

Friday, February 19th, 2016

I love arts and crafts time; I have loved it since I was a child.  So when I was invited to the Baby Shower for my brother and sister-in-law, I couldn’t have been more happy to create something special and a lasting memory.  There were a few solid reasons why the hubs and I decided to do a diaper cake for Amy and Trevor. First, this is a great way to tie together and present many of the major items you will need as a new parent.  Washcloths galore, hooded towels and diapers, lots and lots of diapers; but, let’s not forget that champagne.  Here are the steps and list of items you will need to make this EPIC, SEA THEMED DIAPER CAKE for your next baby shower!

List of Supplies to create an Epic, Sea Themed Diaper Cake

  • Decorative large tray (Dollarama)
  • 1 Bag Elastic Bands (Dollarama)
  • Safety Pins (Dollarama)
  • Two colors of ribbons (Michaels)
  • Pipecleaners (colors to match squirtie toys)
  • Diapers Newborn, 120 Count
  • 1 Set Hooded Towels – Sea Theme (3 towels in total)
  • 1 Set Squirtie Toys – Sea Party Theme
  • 1 Set Primary Color Washcloths (12 cloths in total)
  • 1 Nuby Icy Teether
  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine Bottle

The Lamaze Octotunes you see in the above photo was the inspiration for this project.  He wanted to share the joy he got by seeing his son play with this toy when Ryan was young.  Each of the legs makes a different tune when you squeeze it and the entire toy smells so wonderful, completely like the baby section.  Even the girls (Sophia and Sailor) kept going over to the toy to smell it’s baby aroma. lol So all the colors of this cake were chosen to go with Mr. Octotunes.

D.I.Y Instructions- How to to create an Epic, Sea Themed Diaper Cake

Let’s start off with all those diapers.  Each needed to rolled, with an elastic put around the center to hold it together.  Try to go with the curve of the diaper rather than against.  I kept all the diapers in their folded state and rolled on from there. The first eight or so go around that champagne bottle to start creating the circle shape of the cake.  Keep putting rolled diapers around the champagne bottle until you fill the entire tray.  Put a big elastic around the first row of diapers surrounding the champagne, then put another elastic (or two if one won’t reach) around the entire circle of diapers.

The hooded towels were wrapped around all the diapers on each of the level to create an “icing look” for each of the levels.  They were not pinned into place but simply tucked under and around the layer of diapers.  I ended up getting a ribbon roll of sturdy, non-wired almost burlap like material, which i sed to tightly wrap around the base of each layer and pin into place to add a structural tightness to each layer.

I chose to do three layers, white, blue and white.

The colorful yellow and blue ribbons were wrapped on top of the burlap ribbon to create another layer of ‘decorative icing’ and safety pinned in the back.  At this point, you may want to straighten the layers out, perform sturdiness tests and reinforce as required to keep you cake in tip-top shape.

This entire time that the cake had been in process, the hubs here; Mike – had been working on the washcloth rosettes.  In the end, we found attaching the rosettes quite a bit more difficult than anticipated, so he started wrapping the rosettes around pipecleaners, so the pipecleaner and washcloth could be held by pressure, after inserting the pipecleaner between the cake layers.  God job honey, that’s a long time to work on baby cloths. lol.

Basically, we also had the same problem with the Squirtie toys when we started to add them, so each of the bath creatures got attached to the cake through pressure-held pipecleaners between the cake layers.  A special bow was added to the top using wired ribbon.

Here’s a look at the almost finished piece.  I went back to the store looking for a ‘life preserver’ to put on the cake.  I ended up finding an icy teether and attached that with ribbon in the front as a focal point.

Here’s the finished piece, Momma and All!

This diaper cake might take you awhile to create and it certainly won’t be cheap.  It will however be loved, a statement piece at a baby shower and a lasting memory for years to come for both you and the giftees.  Now that’s the Cats’ Meow.

Christmas Decorating, Cookies and Crafts with this Remax REALTOR®

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Hi Folks,

A few days away from Christmas now, and the time I have is speeding by me.  I still haven’t mailed my Christmas Cards and clients are still viewing, buying and selling homes.  This year has brought its’ challenges and accomplishments.  Overall, I’ve busted thrugh a few milestones and marked performance levels for myself.  I was ready for some serious Arts and Crafts time as we entered this season.  I’ve had my decorations up for some time, been christmas baking, wrapping and sending out cookies in the mail and I managed a heck of a lot of personal pride in the decoration of our dining room chandelier.  Seriously, I could stare at it all day.

I’m the kind of person that I don’t just do things.  I do things with all of my heart and soul.  This is the first home that I have gone all out for decorating.  Our friends say that it is decorated like a showhome.  It’s probably because I spend a lot of my time in showhomes or homes that are staged.  I come from a Design and Visual Background and I could easily say that decorating; whether for Christmas or not, is a hobby of mine.

Here’s a peek into some of my christmas crafts and therapy time for 2015:

Prep for all my Christmas Decorations began back in November.  Dollarama is one of my major targets when I decorate.  They always have the basics.  These Window garlands are one of my favorite decorations in the home.  After looking at a bunch of window decorations, I decided that the colorful ribbons made all the difference in the world for this project.  They add the whimsical flavour of whoville that I desired to recreate!

The best window garland I made this year is on our main floor.  I love this one.  The white/silver deco mesh really added to the fullness of the garland. Those big 4″ ball ornaments – Dollarama, $1.25 each.  Seriously.

If you know me, you know I love critters, all sorts of animals.  As you can see, in our home we have an Owl as a tree topper and little owls and birds all over the tree. There’s more decorations on our tree now than when this photo was taken.  I can’t seem to stop putting more ornaments on the tree.  The hubs says its’ really full.  I say, so will the garage be, come spring. lol  Shout out to the Hubs here.  He literally had to hang outside our window to get all our exterior lights up.  You’ll also never believe how much he wanted those Deer on our front lawn.  More crittters… lol

   

The stockings were all hung by the chimney (ok fireplace) with care…

 

Then came the Christmas baking.  There were some top shelf favorites right out of the gate this year.

 

The dark cookies you see in the above two photos were a serious hit with our family.  My hubs barely left any on the cooling sheet the first night they were baked and within afew days I was baking more of them.  I think in total we must have make 18 dozen or so cookies.  The Chocolae Peppermint Brownie cookie was the big leader, quickly followed by the Egg Nog Rum cookies you see in the photos, with the white icing.  The pink icing are peppermint melt aways.  They did exactly what they say, melted as soon as they were popped in your mouth.  Yummy.

 

I found a Martha Stewart recipe I wanted to try for Gingerbread Men.  This was a honey Gingerbread man, and it turned out just fine.  The decorating of these little guys was the best part.  Unfortunately I didn’t plan ahead and I didn’t buy a girl cookie cutter.  I haven’t shown you a good angle on the girls in the photo for one reason.  They look horrid.  Actually they look like they grew underpants or something… You can use your inagination here, no amount of icing cleaned up the patch I inserted between the boys/girls legs to fill it in like a dress.  Epic fail here. lol

 

Prep to mail out the sets of cookies to our family was a little more complex than I thought originally.  6 sets of family getting cookie boxes.  Luckily, my Mom got hers without a single cookie broken.  ALthough to note, in the future I would use a buttercream icing on all the cokies and not a Royal Icing version as I had put on some of them.  But a person learns, don’t they?  Next year, it’s  buttercream, buttercream all the way.

Below you will find some links to some fun Edmonton Chrismas activites still to come.

For now, take care and remember… he’s knows if you’ve been good or bad, so be good for goodness sakes.

Jeanine