Baby Shower: How to Make a Nappy Cake

This year I was in charge of organizing a baby shower for my sister. We already had a baby shower for her few years back, it was held in her house with snacks, games and people over however this time around with a very energetic 5 year old running around I decided we will organise it somewhere outside.

I chose a private function room with lunch in a local hotel in which I used to work in (keep those connections strong ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and with that you obviously cannot bring your own food. I wanted to still mark this occasion as a celebration and I thought what better way than with a nappy cake!

I searched many YouTube videos in order to come up with the most straight forward way to create a nappy cake with items that I already had in my house. I love the idea of a good DIY but I hate to see DYIs involving various items which you might not even have in the house or use ever again after that – the less waste the better.

What will you need?

  • Nappies – I bought Newborn Nappies up to 5Kg – For this project I used 24 Nappies
  • Cake Stand – I used a 10″ Cake Stand
  • Super Glue – I used Gorilla Glue
  • Kitchen Towel Roll
  • Elastic Bands
  • Decorative Ribbon
  • Cake Topper – I used Faux Flowers as I had some left over from a previous DIY however it can be anything you like
  • Scissors

Nappy Cake Essentials

Method

** The Complete Method in Photographs is available below **

  • Generously apply the glue on one end of the kitchen roll, measure out where the middle of the cake stand would be and stick the roll firmly onto it.
  • While the glue is drying for few minutes, take 6 nappies and roll them up.ย Once you roll each nappy secure it in place with a rubber band about 1/4 from the top to stop it from unfolding.ย  Some nappies have embellishments on them – if you want the cake to match ensure you roll each nappy on the same side. Some nappies are all one color and it will not make a difference.
  • For the first “tier” of the cake you will need 6 nappies. Line them up along the kitchen roll on the cake stand.
  • Once they are all in place, take a rubber band and place it over the 6 lined nappies keeping them all secure in one place.
  • Slowly remove the small rubber bands from each individual nappy you rolled.
  • Roll additional 12 Nappies, secure them with small rubber bands 1/4 from the top & lined them along the 6 nappies that are already securely standing on the cake stand.
  • Once you have lined up the nappies, again take a large rubber band and secure them all in place. Remove the remaining rubber bands from individual nappies. This marks the end of tier one.
  • Tier 2 is essentially tier one using the last 6 nappies.
  • Once both tiers are finished, take your decorative ribbon and line it against the large rubber bands that hold all nappies together and tie it (Essentially covering them up). This is where you can get as creative as you like, have as many colors as you like. Do this for both tiers.
  • Last but not least, place your cake topper on the top. HINT: Try to use something that can go into the kitchen roll and not actually fall into it.

** Cake Stand is available from Dealz for โ‚ฌ1.50; Pack of 44 Nappies is available from Aldi for โ‚ฌ2.50 **

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How to make a nappy cake

How to make a nappy cake

How to make a nappy cake

How to make a nappy cake

How to make a nappy cake

The Finished Product

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I hope you enjoyed this DIY Nappy Cake Post. I’d love to know if DIY is something you’d like to see more of, as I have many projects coming up.

Joanna x

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How To Make a Nappy Cake

Wedding Bouquet DIY Frame

Today’s post is really as the title says: Turning your wedding bouquet into a lovely crafty DIY Frame.

I brought my wedding bouquet home with me from Portugal – it got crushed in the suitcase and battered all around, however I didn’t have the heart to leave it behind. For almost a year I had the dried flowers in a vase over my bed gathering dust. Every time I’d be cleaning the room more and more leaves fell off and it became a real eyesore.

I started thinking what could I do to keep them, but to preserve them at the same time? And then the Ikea RIBBA Frame sprung into my mind! We had our wedding gifts for our parents made in those frames by Catherine from Dainty Dress Diaries and they are perfect for DIY/Crafts Projects as they are deeper than usual flat frames.

The size of the frame 23 x 23 and they are available from Ikea @ โ‚ฌ4.90.

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So, what you will need for this project?

  • Wedding Bouquet
  • Scissors
  • RIBBA Frame from Ikea (or a Deep Frame suitable for crafts)
  • Craft Glue (Superglue will not work on leaves)
  • Hairspray (optional)

[Disclaimer: The frame is only few inches deep, before you start your project measure how thick your flower heads are as they might not fit properly into the frame which will not do the project any justice]

 

What to do?

  1. Using your scissors cut off the flower heads and provisionally lay them out to figure out where they should go within your arrangement.
  2. What I’ve done is I have glued the insert of the frame onto the back of the frame so I knew exactly the size of an area I needed to cover with my leaves/flowers.
  3. I then started to slowly glue my flowers onto the insert. I had a mixture of flower heads and leaves. TIP: Glue your biggest ones first and then fill in the empty spaces with smaller ones and individual leaves.
  4. As the back of the frame is brown some people like to paint it to a neutral color matching their flowers in case they don’t have enough flowers to cover the background area.
  5. Once you’ve finished your arrangement, spray the flowers with some hairspray (not too much) for a longer lasting result.
  6. Close the frame and figure out where to display your handiwork ๐Ÿ™‚

 

If you decide to do this project on your own, I’d love to see the results! Feel free to tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Below, you will see the bouquets on my wedding day in all their glory! ๐Ÿ™‚

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[I am also doing these on Freelance Order Basis, feel free to email me for details on jetsettingbombshell@hotmail.com ]

Joanna x

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Simple Homeware DIY for every budget

We all love the idea of adding our own touch to our homes, to truly give it “character”. So when I came across this beautifully shaped glass bottle recently, I decided I wanted to put my own spin on it and turn it into a flower vase.

Simple Home-ware DIY Flower Vase

Items you’ll need:

  • Glass Bottle
  • Paint Primer
  • Small Tube of Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Piece of decorative string
  • Craft Glue / Small Sponge

The Before:

This is what the bottle looked like before my DIY project. I have dried the inside of it and cleaned the outside with a disinfectant.

Simple Home-ware DIY Flower Vase

Step-By-Step:

Using the Rust-Oleum spray paint primer I have sprayed the surface of the bottle covering the entire bottle surface. For this project one coat of primer was more than enough. For health & safety reasons you should always use spray paint outside due to the fumes it creates.

Once the primer dried (approximately 20 minutes later) I applied the first coat of Annie Sloan Gray Chalk Paint, using a small paint brush. For this project (the same as for the primer) I found one coat of the paint was plenty. I didn’t paint to the very top of the head, I only painted half way through the head of the bottle, to avoid any visible spaces in between the string.

 

I left the paint to dry overnight. I then used a small sponge to apply the No More Nails glue on the head of the bottle and then slowly started draping my decorative string around the top of the bottle following the round shape of the bottle. This will give the bottle a more decorative look. I wanted to achieve more of a rustic look to this bottle, I felt the paint alone left it a little too bare.

I let the glue dry overnight and styled it with some artificial flowers I had at home already.

 

** TIP ** If you are using chalk paint you always have to seal the paint! For this project I didn’t but you have to, to ensure there will be no damage to the item and no scratches. To seal the paint you can use top coat varnish or finishing wax.

This project took a little over one day, only due to drying time. It’s important to let all the parts dry to ensure successful final effect.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this little project of mine & let me know if you enjoy this type of posts for future.

Joanna x