“THE STORY” I received an email from two of my good friends with a message and a link to a D-I-Y baby shower gift tutorial; “Hey Girl!! Take a look at the link and let us know if this is something you can do!”. Umm, can you say bait and hook? What D.I.Y. gal do you know who will pass on a CHALLENGE like that? Well played girls! I was excited to do it, especially since it was for another good friend of ours! One of my friends from the email had specific modifications that had to be made to the original design. I assured her that I could pull it off to make the best Tricycle Diaper Cake centerpiece our expecting mom had ever seen…keep in mind I didn’t know this even existed before that day. HA! Let me now what you think.
P.S. The best part about this project is that the center piece doubles as a gift for the the mommy-to-be. Once the baby is born she can disassemble the tricycle and use all the supplies! Winning!!!
When you’re putting together gifts like this remember, there are NO RULES! JUST GUIDELINES! I searched a few tutorials and made it my own. Here’s what I learned in the process…
STEP 1: Making the Wheels
The wheels are the main backbone to this piece so you want to make sure all three are sturdy with this four step process.
1) Place paper towel roll or toilet paper roll in center of your baking pan (the roll will help keep a perfect circle in the center of the wheel which is needed once you begin assembly).
2) One at a time, add about 20 diapers to the pan, each one overlapping about an inch. Make an ‘S’ shape, tucking the beginning diapers into the middle wrapping around the toilet paper roll so the latter diapers remain on the outside. (The baking pan will help shape the wheel into a perfect circle.) 3) Once complete, take large rubber band and wrap it around all the diapers in the pan. Adjust the diapers, if necessary, so they appear perfectly flat.
4) Gently flip pan upside down to release the diaper wheel, pulling on the inside of toilet paper roll if needed to get the entire wheel out.
STEP 2: Tire Assembly
1) Cover paper towel roll with ribbon. It will be used to connect & stabilize the two back wheels.
2) Measure and then cover the rubber band on each tire with thick polka-dot ribbon. To make sure it’s secure you can place a few pieces of double sided tape along the rubber band. I also used my glue gun to seal both ends of the ribbon to one another.
3) Take two of the wheels and insert the covered paper towel roll into each end.
4) Place the third wheel in between the two you have just connected.
5) Cut a piece of the thin white curling ribbon and insert it between the two back tires, essentially going through the paper towel roll. Take each end and pull it through the front tire, crossing one over the other. Pull each end tight and pull them above the top of the tire and tie it into a bow.
Step 3: Handlebar Assembly
1) Roll up receiving blanket and insert through front wheel. (Receiving blanket will act as handlebar)
2) Place one bib over the front tire with velcro portion facing the back. (Bib will act as puddle guard)
3) Place the bottle on top of the bib, with the nipple facing the back wheels (bottle will act as headlight). Pull both ends of the receiving blanket up over the bottle and secure with a rubber band. I also put rubber bands on both ends of the receiving blanket to keep the handle bars from unraveling as I worked.
4) Add the second bib over the bottle and use the neck to secure around the headlight, this will act as seat cover.
5) Lastly, take the baby socks and place over the ends of the receiving blanket to act as handle bars and use the excess polka-dot ribbon and tie a bow in the center which will also cover the rubber band above the bottle.
Voilà! It’s complete!
Since this was going to be the centerpiece at the baby shower, one of my friend’s modifications was to gave place a teddy bear on top. I added a little ribbon around his and he looked super cute! Then I realized I had extra diapers, so I added a little backpack filled with the extras so it looks like he rode into the shower bearing gifts…no pun intended! HA! NOTE: I used a pink paper lunch bag I had in my box of tricks to make the backpack and added some stickers to it.
Hope you enjoyed!