How To Create A Diaper Cake TuTu

For my sister’s baby shower {click here to see my recap!} my cousin and I split up some different creative projects to use as decor for the baby shower.  While the theme of the shower was Sweet Pea and used gold, shades of pink, and green, the nursery is along the lines of lavender, gray and white.  For another friend’s baby shower I created the  diaper cake and a tutu for her daughter to wear after.  I wanted to do the same for my sis, so I used varying shades of purple tulle.

how to create a diaper cake tutu

Custom onesie from Etsy. Not sure the seller because my cousin purchased it.

Here are the items you’ll need

  • Tulle on a spool (here are some on Amazon – affiliate link – Purple, White, Pink) – 3 colors of 25 yards will be plenty
  • Cardboard in 2 different lengths (I didn’t use anything fancy)
  • Satin Ribbon -double faced satin, at least 1″ wide – (Amazon affiliate link: White, Black, Navy)
  • Scissors

And now, for directions!

how to create a diaper cake tutu

This is one of the flaps of a diaper box. Told you, nothing fancy. Take your first color and start wrapping it around the cardboard

how to create a diaper cake tutu

Wrap it many many many times. More is better than not enough.

how to create a diaper cake tutu

When you think you have enough, find the side where you have the first layer of tulle.

how to create a diaper cake tutu

Cut along that side only and set aside. Do this for all the colors you have.

how to create a diaper cake tutu

I did two of the colors the same length, and one slightly shorter.  When you remove from the cardboard, unfold so the tulle is laying flat in a single layer, stacked on top of each other.

how to create a diaper cake tutu

Find the middle of your ribbon.  I did not remember to buy satin.  I used wire edged and you should really just buy satin.

how to create a diaper cake tutu

Grab one piece of tulle. Doesn’t matter the color.  Fold it in half, and place the loop behind the ribbon.

how to create a diaper cake tutu

Pull the dangling ends of the tulle up through that loop. Your satin ribbon will be in the middle like a sandwich.

how to create a diaper cake tutu

Pull the ends until there is no more loop and it’s securely against the satin ribbon.

how to create a diaper cake tutu

Make sure you always do the loops the same way so the “finished” sides of the tulle loops are always the same.  I tend to start in the middle and go one direction towards the edge of one side of the satin ribbon. Then I return back to the middle and go the opposite direction so I work from the center, out.

how to create a diaper cake tutu

I’m a pretty pretty princess!

how to create a diaper cake tutuKeep on going until you finish!  The great thing about these tutus is that it’s adjustable!  By using a satin ribbon, the tulle slides easily and you can put them super close together to have a tighter fit for a baby, and then spread them out to have it fit the waist of a toddler!

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