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Diaper owl tutorial – how to make an owl diaper cake

Making a diaper owl is a little trickier than making other diaper gifts. But if you are a crafty person, you can definitely make this creative and totally cute homemade baby gift with little or no experience.

Just follow my step-to-step owl diaper cake instructions and read my tips before you start your project.

How to make a diaper owl – what you need:

sleeping owl diaper in girly colors with colorful baby scarf
diaper owl with orange eyes, orange ribbons and a big orange bow

* 30-36 size 2 or 3 diapers

* a cute baby scarf / bandana / bib or something similar

* 2 plastic baby spoons

* a pacifier (especially cute if it has an owl print on it)

* extra, if you want but not mandatory: a piece of baby clothes, washcloth, etc. to be included in the owl’s belly

* some thin ribbons and some colorful wide ribbons that match your accessories (as an alternative for a slim ribbon, some strings are also nice). The slim ribbon should not have a prominent color, preferably white or creme like diapers (I just used pink so you can see it better in the pictures!)

* eyes (shaking eyes, some cardboard and pens, artificial flowers, flowers or hearts, etc.)

* a cake pan, pot or similar container, ideally an adjustable cake setting ring with a dia. about 8 inches. If you don’t have a setting ring, it’s not worth buying one just to make an owl but this tool is also great for decorating a real cake! Check this out:


Check out what Dani from Hooper, UT had to say about making

a diaper owl using my tutorial and see how cute his owl diaper cake is!

Note: it’s always nice if your accessories are ‘owl-related’ – like in the pictures above – a pacifier with an owl print, a baby scarf or baby bib with an owl, etc. . Since owls are so popular these days, you’ll find lots of baby items with an owl or owls on them.

How to make a diaper owl – instructions:

hand putting diapers on ring setting
stacked diapers setting ring

Grab your cake setting ring (or pan, etc.) and start stacking the diapers on there. Make sure they all face the same way and overlap a bit (for the outer layer you’ll need about 10 diapers depending on the size and brand you’re using).

several layers of stacked diapers in the cake setting ring

Continue stacking diapers until your ring is almost full.

For the middle of your owl’s body, take 2 slim ribbons/string of approx. 30 inches long and roll the diaper around. Then take a second diaper, open it and roll it around the first diaper. If necessary, repeat with a third diaper. Then place this roll inside the hole. The diaper roll will not fall into the hole because it fixes itself in the hole. If you want to include a onesie or any other small piece of clothing in the owl’s belly, roll the onesie up and then roll a diaper or two around. Don’t forget the ribbons inside!

Tie a thin ribbon around the diapers and then remove the cake ring.

fingers rolling a diaper with ribbon inside
fingers with fully integrated diaper with ribbon inside
cake setting ring with diapers and last diaper with ribbon inside placed on top but still attached
fully filled cake setting ring with diapers from top, ribbon hanging

Take a piece of wide ribbon and place it on top of the thin ribbon that goes around the owl’s belly. Use a little glue to fix it or tie it in a knot. The place where you attached the ribbon is at the top of the owl’s body where we will fix the head parts, so that it is not visible. Alternatively, it could be at the bottom so you can’t see there either.

dark red ribbon fixed around the diapers

1 large roll of diapers (owls body) and 2 smaller rolls (owl eyes) - ribbons hanging

Now we still need 2 rolls for the top and eyes. Take another small ribbon of approx. 20 inches, roll a diaper, and then 5 more, always in a row. Fix with some adhesive tape.

Then, prepare another roll like that, but include two small ribbons.

1 large roll of diapers (owls body) and 2 smaller rolls (owl eyes) - ribbons tied together

Choose the side that looks the most accurate of all your 3 owl parts. This will be the front. Lay your 3 pieces so the backs are facing you. Then tie the knots with your ribbons so that everything stays together and is held by the ribbons, even when you place your owl upright. Since this side will be the back you don’t need to do it properly. Then, do the same with the front ribbons but be more precise and careful there.

For the side wings, take two more diapers. Open them and pull a small ribbon. Place a ‘wing’ on each side of your diaper owl and tie the ribbon around the neck. Tie the ends of the ribbon to the other ends of your ribbons.

fingers holding diaper and pink ribbon inside
1 large roll of diapers (owls body) and 2 smaller rolls (owl eyes), tied with ribbons, 2 more diapers fixed with more ribbon (owl wings)

owl with sleeping eyes and baby scarf wrapped around the neckalmost done!

To finish your owl, glue a pacifier between the two parts of the head and fix it with the help of your ribbons. Place a scarf or bib around the diaper owl’s neck so that most of your ribbons and knots are covered.

Create some eyes – either stick on quivering eyes, some artificial rose flowers or felt flowers. Or use some cardboard circles and draw some eyes. Cut out your cardboard and push it onto your ribbon, you don’t need any glue for that!

Finally use two plastic spoons for the owl’s feet and glue them between the bottom diapers. No need to adjust them, they will stay tight there.

Cute owl bib to use and add to your pampers owl cake:



For your owl’s eyelashes use a few stalks of chenille and stick them between your diapers.

Diaper owl gallery – more photos:

boy diaper owl in blue with a big blue bowboy diaper owl
sleeping girl diaper owl with baby scarf in pink, green, brownsleepy diaper owl for girls
blue boy diaper owl with green eyes and pacifier chain in the form of a small owldiaper owl with baby
girl diaper owl in orange with orange baby scarf with owl print and text 'little owl'girl diaper owl

See more picture of owl diaper cakeall done by myself, here.

If you’ve made a diaper owl or any diaper gift using my instructions, I’d love to see your craft. Please post up to 4 photos on my ‘Diaper Cake Gallery‘ and write something about it! Thanks a lot.

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