Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mini Diaper Cakes and a Wipes Clutch.

homemade craftsSo Leah's baby shower has come and gone, so now it's finally time to share all fun stuff I made for her big day.

And PS, this was a gender neutral shower.  With an Owl theme.

First up, Mini Diaper Cakes.

I really like diaper cakes.  I've always found them to be pretty fascinating and the people who make them, well, brilliant.  I, on the other hand, took the easy way out :)  I kept trying to figure out what I wanted the centerpieces to be.  I'm all about form meets function.  I mean, flowers are super pretty, but they die.  And then you throw them out.  Or, if you're me, you leave them in the vase for 3 weeks and let mold form around the stems.  Remember, this is a judge-free zone. :)  Chenyways, I decided I should do diaper cakes. Mini Diaper Cakes--for 6 tables--this way Leah could actually use her centerpieces. For the baby's butt.

Right or wrong, this is how I did it.

Ingredient List:

  • A pack of diapers--I did newborn, about 50 or so... 
  • Rubberbands.  Skinny ones for the diapers.  Fat ones to hold them together.
  • A center structure.  I used these bamboo pencil cups from the $ Tree--but you could easily use a tin can.  *also--you could just use like 3 or 4 more diapers instead of a structure.  I had just already purchased these pencil cups for another idea I had that fell flat and I didn't want to waste them.
  • Jute.  This is optional--you could use ribbon, or whatever you think of to hide the outer rubber band.
  • Paper fillers.  Again, optional.  This is used to cover the top of the cake--you could do some fabric rosettes!

1.  The ingredient list at large.  Well ok, it's missing the paper fillers.  We could have real problems.
2.  So take your diapers and roll them up tight--secure with skinny rubber bands.  I needed like 7 or 8 for my mini cakes, but it will all depend on your center structure and how fat or skinny it is.  You'll know the right amount when you can lift it up by the center and everything comes up with you.  

3.  Wrap your Jute--or whatever rubber band hider you've come up with--around the center of the cake as many times as necessary to achieve the look you want.  
4.  You know, like that picture.  

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And finally....this is where you add your embellishments if you will (and I think you will).  I used the paper fillers to cover up the top of the center structure and then added this little felt owl to the front.  Ya know, cause it was an owl theme shower!  I used the jute on the wings to tie it all together.  
And, what goes better with diapers than wipes?!?!  I would think vodka, but that just shows how much I know.....

I made this pretty thang using a tutorial from Homemade by Jill.  My wipes case was a little bigger than the template, so I just cut out the fabric a little bigger.

I ended up adding a snap to this--which it doesn't call for--cause I'm pretty sure that I melted the case's snap with my glue gun.  Listen, it's not my fault that J Chen couldn't man up and finish his strawberry daiquiri--what was I supposed to do, not drink it?!?! PLEASE.  So yeah, that was likely a intoxicated human error.  :)  But isn't pretty?!?!??!  

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I made it especially in that fabric to match the KATE SPADE bag I got her!  Listen, there is no way my girl is gonna be running around MP with a freaking Winne the Pooh diaper bag, ok?  Ok.  And no, it's not a knock off, and yes, Leah I will be expecting one in return.  ;-)

l think the two will be very happy with one another!  The baby and Leah of course! Not the Kate/Clutch combo ;-)

Oh, and because I didn't know where else to put this, I wanted to show you these little hats I made her.
Clearly the rosette is detachable!  No wishful thinking over here.  NEVER.  
I made these using a knitting loom.  You know, for kids.  J/K, lots of adult wannabe knitters use them. Wanna give it a whirl?  Check out how sweet, fast and EASY these little hats are with this tutorial!

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Big (who needs a REAL diaper bag) Smile,

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Lila said... Best Blogger Tips

Talented AND generous! BChen rocks!!

Lisa said... Best Blogger Tips

I love Kate Spade too, that bag is super cute!

Rachel @ Lines across my face said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the wipes case and the bag is gorgeous. You are also very funny :) I would love it if you stopped by and shared this at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face. I hope to see you soon, Rachel

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What a fancy diaper bag and wipe clutch! That will be one stylin' mommy!

Lisa said... Best Blogger Tips

The mini diaper cakes are adorable! I've never seen the small ones before! So much cuter than the giant one.

And wow, you are an awesome friend to buy her a Kate Spade! So jealous! : )

Karima said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, love your work! Love the cute owl. Saw you on linky party and now google friend following you. Please pop by, Karima :)

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! How awesome are you!!

Love your blog and these ideas!

Love for you to link it up to our Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings Thursdays- it goes until Saturday at noon EST. Thanks for sharing!


April said... Best Blogger Tips

This is totally amazing...owls are my favorite and these cuties are so fun! I hope you will link up here...

April said... Best Blogger Tips

thank you so much for linking up! I hope to see you next week!

Erin @ How to Nest for Less said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute!! LOVE the wipes bag!

The Outlaw Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome idea! Maybe I'll try the mini cakes instead of one big diaper cake for my friend's upcoming sprinkle. Love the owls of course - since I am currently owl obsessed. Thanks for sharing :-)

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What a wonderful friend you are!! The gifts the decorations for your friend are fabulous!! Plus, I love your sense of humor!!

Thanks so much for linking up to Strictly Homemade Tuesday. Your projects are great! I hope you will be back this Tuesday. Have a great day!

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I am so grateful that you took the time to post that you learned how to loom knit your lovely hats, using my tutorial. I honestly didn't know anyone had ever learned using that! HUGS!!
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