This spring I went to a friend's baby shower. She was having a jungle themed party. So I had this crazy idea to make a carousel diaper cake with different animals. The result was so amazingly cute. It was so much fun to make because it gave me an excuse to use some of the cricut cartridges that I hadn't really used yet.
Instead of rolling each diaper individually with a rubber band, I tried a technique my friend Eva showed me. I layered the diapers and overlapped them to form a circle. I used a round 9-in cake pan to help keep the diapers from falling down while I tied it with some string. I made 2 layers like that and covered them with paper. I had some stripped paper that looked like really cute ribbon, so I used that as an accent cover and added some monkeys for extra cuteness. For the top piece, I used chopsticks as the posts for the animals. I cut out some animals from create a critter, Noah's Animals, Animal Kingdom. The cone shaped top was the most difficult. Let's see if I can remember what I did. I drew a large circle and cut it out. I folded it in half, then again, and one more time. I used the crease lines as a guide and cut a half inch snip at each crease. On one of the creases, I cut the line all the way to the middle and formed a cone shape by overlapping and gluing it to the next crease line. Then I made little snips and folded them down and glued on the 2 in paper to the cone shape. I had some yellow ribbon with little yellow balls on it, so I glue that on the seam lines. Then I hot glued the chopsticks to the topper and stuck the bottoms of the chopsticks between the diaper. (it wasn't very stable and it kept falling off---so I just pushed them further down. I made each of the little animals and glued them on the sticks. I kept adding little touches here and there. Then finally I added the word "Congrats" and hot glued it to stay up like that in the picture.
This was one of the more complicated diaper cakes I've made, but I had 2 showers that month and I was using up the rest of the diapers from the other cake. I have so many pregnant friends right now. It really keeps me on my toes when I try to find what to make them.
Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it.