It Takes a Diaper Village to Raise a Child

A while ago, one of my blog readers asked me about baby shower decoration and made me think about diaper cakes. I was thinking, if I were to make a diaper cake, I would try to make a giant diaper house. Well, my 3-year-old daughter’s teacher is pregnant and her class moms were planning to throw her a baby shower today. The theme was books and music. And, I thought a mountain village with stairs of mini boardย books would be a fun idea.

I drew some sketches to plan a few weeks ago. But, wasn’t sure if it’ll work out. I bought a box of Kirkland brand diapers from Costco (size 1-2), but was afraid to open it up. If I couldn’t make the diaper cake, I couldn’t really give the opened and wrinkled diapers as a gift.

But, I’m happy with how it turned out. I wish I had a better removable adhesive and used Pampers diapers instead, but I think it still looks okay. =)

Rolled up the diaper starting from the top edge, wrapped a piece of paper (5.5 x1″) around, and used Scotch tape to close it.

Rubber bands to shape the diaper cake.

Put 4 rolled up diapers together to create a house. Wrapped a pattern papers (12″ x 3.5″) around it. Wrap it tight and use generous amount of scotch tape to close it.

Put a strip of paper (6″ x 1.25″, I think) over the top to make a handle for the book roof. Removable adhesive dots to secure the books.

Make a hole to put the diaper house in. I used cut up fabric, but it would be nice to use onesies or baby wash towels instead.

Lollipop sticks to secure the cake tiers.

I used 12×12ย Nursery Suite Specialty Designer Series Papers to decorate the cake.

Foam boards (two layers) for the base.

Stairs for the books. Again, would have been nice to use baby wash towels to fill in the space. flower die,ย Sizzix Garland die and flannels to make flowers to fill in the gap.

Love these colorful mini board books for the stairs!

Baby Tees wheel stamp for hanging onesies.

For the wishing well, put two tri-folded diapers together. Wrapped it around with twine. Insert lollipop sticks between the folds.

Rolled up dollar bills to fill inside the well. =)

For the well roof, cut a cardstock paper, score in the middle, punched two holes to put the lollipop sticks through. I used hot glue to attach the lollipop sticks. But, used removable adhesive dots to attach the paper to the board book. This way, book won’t be ruined by glue.

Pacifier for the pail. =)

This is my favorite part. It was inspired by Kodak March Photo Craft Contest. I need a new printer, and was trying to come up with creative ways to craft with photos. Heehee. It worked out nicely as it made more meaningful gift for my daughter’s teacher.

I was looking through my photos to find Bailey reading a book. But, found this one that I took 4 months ago.

Water bomb balloon and a white floral wire for the ballon.

Wish I had made it bigger. 128 diapers were used.

I did not attend the baby shower. But, one mom emailed me to let me know that the teacher loved it.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Lindsey, I liked your interpretation, “It takes a village to diaper a child!” Teehee. So true!



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  • Corinne - Awwwwwweeessssssooommmmmmmee!!!! I adore it! Especially that onesie wheel stamp!

  • Tanya Rudd - Oh how amazing!

  • Emily Leiphart - Woot, I win! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love little Bailey sitting there with the balloon. This is just so perfect! Her teacher is going to love it!! You rock, Sunghee.

  • LORi BOYD - Absolutely FABULOUS!!!!

  • eva - very cute! l love the pacifier as the pail for the well.

  • Rae - This is one of the coolest baby diaper gifts I have ever seen! You really put a lot of thought and work into this gift. Anyone expectant mother would love it!

  • Lindsey - What an utterly amazing creation! Glad you liked my description. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Alice W. - so fun! what an amazing project, Sunghee!! your attention to detail always awes me. such a thoughtful gift! love that well with pacifier pail, so creative!! you are amazing, girl! thanks for sharing and hope you have a lovely Sunday! =)

  • Sheena B - I am just speechless. Incredible detail and thought in this project. I am sure the recipient loved it.

  • Susan K - You’re a real genius! I just love it!

  • Jenn - AMAZING!! Cris sent me by. You’re AMAZING!!!

  • Karin - Hi Sunghee ๐Ÿ™‚ This came in my email the other day, and I just now realized I never commented on your finished project…SO AWESOME! Love how you incorporated your daughter into the village and I can not believe how many diapers this took to make! Crazy fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cris - This is *amazing* and oh so brilliant! I love this diaper village! I love the well, the pic of your daughter and the rooftop books! If I received this I’d have a hard time taking it apart to use the diapers! *lol*

    Thanks for sharing your creativity! <3

  • PartyMom - I just love this! Talk about taking a diaper cake to a whole new level! Definitely keeping this link for future reference…thanks for sharing!

  • Janna - Wow! This is absolutely awesome!! Janna

  • Lindsey - This is simply amazing! I love the book stairs and the roofs! How creative! ๐Ÿ™‚ Would love for you to stop by and join my linky party!

  • Noreen - Absolutely amazingly creative! And beautifully done.

  • christine - absolutely beautiful! is there any way i can get a list of everything?



  • mary - i soo love this diaper village. my daughter is pregnant so im going to try to make this.

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