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Let’s play with Diapers!

If you are like me, you spend countless hours on Pinterest saving potential DIY projects to boards with the intention of someday creating them. Hi, I’m Katie, and I’m a pinaholic who NEVER gets around to this projects!

I finally finished up with the wedding circuit (we had 8 this year!) just in time for baby shower mania. I love that so many of my friends are expanding their families…and determined it was finally the time to make one of the projects hidden away in my Pinterest black hole: the diaper cake!

One of my rockstar coaches, Nancy, had been making them for awhile, so between her wisdom and the various Pinterest boards this project seemed like it would be a piece of cake. It was! I was so pleased with how easy the diaper cake was to make, and I loved that I could customize it for whomever it was going to!

Let me walk you through how I made this super cute dinosaur themed diaper cake for my friend Ashley’s baby shower!

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My diaper cake!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

-Box of diapers, any brand. The amount depends on how large of a cake you are planning to make. I bought a box of around 50 Swaddlers (whatever that means) and used the majority of them for the size I made.

-A base. I used a cardboard cake base, but you could use whatever you want that is sturdy.

-Small rubber bands. I purchased a box of tiny rubber bands for hair (or braces) at the dollar store.

-Large rubber bands to hold the layers together.

-Ribbon.

-Decorations of your choosing. 

-Hot Glue Gun. I used this to secure the ends of the ribbon.

-A center base. I used a paper towel roll. You could also use a wrapping paper roll and cut to the correct size if you want to go a little bit bigger.

To assemble:

The most tedious task of this entire cake is rolling the diapers. Roll each diaper as tight as you can and secure with one of the small rubber bands. I put on an episode of Sherlock and knocked all of these out at once just to get through it! After the diapers were rolled, construction of this cake only took about 10 minutes.

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Who knew there were so many kinds of diapers?!?!?!?

You want to form your layers, but to make sure they stay put you want to secure your center base to the bottom of the base. To make my paper towel roll attach to the base, my mother had the idea to just cut the ends of the roll so the bottom fanned out a bit, which we then taped to the base. Nancy, my diaper cake making muse, actually uses a bottle of Barefoot wine as the center of her diaper cakes….a great option if you know mama is a wine drinker anxiously awaiting the day she can have a sip. Here’s an aerial view of layer one of my cake.

****PIECE OF ADVICE…..those of you who know ZERO about diapers like me…..some of them are printed. I did not realize this until I started rolling the diapers and realized I had bought Winnie the Pooh diapers. Fortunately the green coloring worked with my dinosaur theme, and I hid most of the Poohs, but be cautious!

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Once you have placed the rolled diapers around your center and have the layer the size you want it, you will want to place a rubber band around the ENTIRE layer. This helps keep them all from moving. Some tutorials excluded this step and just advised using ribbon, but I wasn’t taking any chances….I used both.

Repeat this for remaining layers. I wanted a three tiered cake, but you may want more or less depending on your vision.

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Here is a look at all three layers of the cake. Your center base will be hidden by the third layer. Look at all of those Poohs………..

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I really wanted to do a dino themed cake because, well, I freakin love dinosaurs and thought they would be super cute for Ashley’s little babe, Emerson, when he arrives in January. You don’t have to get crazy with decor….I kept it pretty simple using dinosaur onesies and little socks, as well as a teething ring and pacifiers. I tucked the items into the layers of the cake, but in some tutorials I saw people roll them like they did the diapers and place them in the actual layers.

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My absolute favorite thing about this cake? The adorable dinosaur slippers that I used as the cake topper! I found them at Wal-Mart of all places, but when I saw them I knew they had to be a part of this creation. I finished the cake off my securing a piece of ribbon around each layer.

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I was so pleased with how the cake turned out and felt like it was a fun and creative way to bring an item that I know the baby will be needing! I definitely encourage you to make your own for the next shower you have to attend!

Check this off my Pinterest “To Do” List. Only about 11,543,857,344 to go!

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Dinosaurs, Diamonds, and Dancing, OH MY!

You know what’s crazy? Weddings take months and months…..sometimes years…to plan, and then they are over within a blink of an eye. Seriously. I cannot believe that it has been over a week since our wedding, and even though many of my married friends tried to warn me about how fast the actual day would go, I was convinced they were a bunch of liars (Sorry friends). They were right. I felt like it took forever from the time I woke up to get to the moment where Kyle and I did our First Look….then everything else flew by. Time really is so precious.

Our wedding day was nothing short of perfect, and I am so thankful for our family and friends for helping us celebrate. Since we had a smaller wedding, many of you followed our day online by using the hashtag #kramereverafter….that hashtag was great when it came to catching up on the moments we missed, plus it allowed us to share the day with my grandmother, who was unable to attend physically due to health reasons.

Planning my wedding was an absolute blast. I’ve known so many people who shared their terrible bridezilla-like stories with me and who complained about the crazy amount of stress associated with their big day, but I likely did not experience any of this. There was only one brief time period where I had a little bit of stress, and that was over a small insurance snafu with the museum that we had fixed within days. I’m sad the planning is over, so if you are overwhelmed with planning, let me know…I will gladly help. I actually found it really fun!

I had a lot of questions surface about different elements of the wedding because we did things so differently, so I thought I would share some of the common questions I had with all of you to share a little more about the greatest day of my life. Hopefully some of the tips and resources I share can help you with your big day, too!

What kind of dress did I wear and was it really pink?

Yes, it really was pink…..blush pink to be exact. The dress itself was Vera Wang, and as with anything Vera makes, it was beyond fabulous. I knew from the beginning that I wanted this dress and was so nervous when I went to try it on that it wouldn’t live up to the image I had in my mind. Fortunately, the minute I put it on I started to cry and knew it was “the one”. My advice to anyone wedding dress shopping? Don’t settle for a dress….get one you absolutely are in love with. Also, have someone in alterations insert padded cups so you can go without a bra. Trust me on this one, no bra is a good thing, especially on a day you are running around like mad!

The first time I got to try on my dress!

Where was the wedding held?

The ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were all held at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. We knew we didn’t want to do anything in a church or anything religious, so we opted for a venue that would be a lot of fun for our guests. To us, we didn’t want our wedding to be just another cookie cutter wedding. We truly wanted it to be a memorable experience that our guests would never forget. If you are local, visit it sometime! It really is a cool place!

Click here to learn more about this neat museum!

What an amazing shot our photographer Stacy captured....first dance photobomb with a dino!

Who designed our invitations?

I am a huge believer in supporting small businesses, so the bulk of our wedding utilized vendors from Etsy. Our invitations were custom made by a vendor called Riverkiss Weddings, and even though they were custom designed they were still exponentially cheaper than other places I looked from the mainstream sites. Plus, they were perfect for our theme. I got a lot of weird looks when I told people that I did so much through Etsy, but the truth is the quality is fabulous, and the vendors are very easy to work with. If you have an issue, the vendors I have dealt with were very quick to remedy the situation. I like that they were different and no one else had ever had these, and I found them incredibly whimsical and beautiful.

Our invitations!

Our invitations!

What were the wedding colors?

Since my dress was blush, I chose blush pink for the flowers and tablecloths at the reception hall. My bridesmaids all wore mint green, so the pink looked awesome with the mint. I also accented with a gray and white chevron. The guys rocked bow ties with the exception of my dad and grandpa; they wore the same ensemble as our groomsmen but sported regular bow ties in the wedding colors instead of a bow tie to show their distinction.

What a beautiful bunch!

Where did my girls get their dresses? 

David’s Bridal. I wanted each of my bridesmaids to get whatever dress they wanted and figured this would be the best store with the most options. My bridal party was made up of ladies from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Youngstown, and Michigan, so all of the locations really helped us with our geographical needs.

Were your placecards expensive?

No! Again, I had these made through an Etsy designer named IvoryIsleDesigns. Each card was customized with the name of the guest, their table (which was a dinosaur name) and a small picture of their meal choice. Each placecard cost about $1.10. I highly recommend you be creative and spend some time looking for options for paper products. You don’t have to spend a ton, and if you have time, you can always make them, too. Here’s a look at my friend Heather and her fiancé Alex’s cards:

Sparkle Sparkle everywhere!

What kind of eyelashes did I have on?

One of my favorites….these were the Miami mink falsies from Lilly Lashes. These lashes are amazing and worth every penny! The mink lashes are a higher quality, but the other lashes are just as great!

My main squeeze Marenda who handled all of my makeup needs!

What were our favors?

We didn’t do actual favors…I’m not the biggest fan of knick knacks or things that don’t have a great purpose. Instead we decided to bring some local culture to our guests and rented the Swenson’s food truck. Swenson’s is a classic in Akron….if you have never tried it’s deliciousness, please make time to do so! It showed up the last hour of the reception, so as people hopped on the shuttle back to the hotel they could have a snack…and satisfy their greasy drunken needs. I am obsessed with galley boys and potato teasers, so I ended my night eating both in my dress. It was perfect! I think our guests liked it, too!


Where were our photos taken?

The weather ended up being a really big jerk, but it worked to our benefit. Instead of taking pictures outside at the Cultural Gardens as planned, we went to Metropolitan on the 9. Our best man’s aunt and uncle own the hotel, so they hooked us up with some unique and fun photo spots. This is honestly the best hotel in the area…Kyle and I both had our bachelor/bachelorette parties here and loved the accommodations. Our photographer posted some sneak peeks on my Facebook page, and I am obsessed with how the pictures turned out. Sometimes rain isn’t a bad thing….in this case it really helped us have even better better photos than I had imagined.

This was taken in the main lobby!

Where did Kyle find his socks?

Kyle decided to get the bridal party (including my dad and grandpa) unique socks that matched the wedding colors. They looked awesome! We found the socks from a site called Sockbroker. If you love socks, check it out!

Stylin Feet!

Did you do programs?

Yes! This was the question I got more than any and was sparked after a friend posted one side of our program on Instagram. I purchased a digital download that a woman customized for me on etsy and had them printed for our guests. The programs had some fun random facts, and I was so pleased with the final product! Here’s a look!

Did you really do your center pieces for under $5 a table?

Yes! Let’s get real. No one cares about center pieces. No one remembers them. I wanted simple center pieces that didn’t break the bank. Since our table cloths were pink and the napkins were mint, I wanted to tie in the chevron and dinosaur theme. My mom made awesome chevron squares for the center of the table with fabric we found at Walmart, then we spray painted vases we found at The Dollar Tree and frames. Each vase held a realistic rose we purchased from Hobby Lobby when the silks were half off, and we printed the table name pictures at CVS for $0.17 each. I loved the final look….it was still “us”, but it was classic, simple, and didn’t clutter the heck out of the table.

I honestly would not change a single thing about our big day and felt like our wedding was a perfect representation of who we are as people and as a couple. My hope is that everyone can say that about their big day. Have fun with wedding planning….become friends with Pinterest….and don’t do anything you feel you “should” do. Your wedding day is all about you. As Janis Joplin once said, “Don’t compromise yourself; you’re all you’ve got.” I find this quote to be true about everything in life….right down to your big day.

Kyle and I are so thankful for all of the love and support, not just on our wedding day, but since we have been together. You guys are the best!

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