A couple of weeks ago, in a post full of randomness and my current projects, I posted a picture of a diaper tricycle I made for a friend’s baby shower, and I received a few requests to post a tutorial. So here I am! I put together some photos and drawings to help you make your own special diaper tricycle centerpiece. It’ll be the showstopper at the next baby shower you attend, and the mama-to-be will love this beautifully unique gift! As always, don’t hesitate to ask questions if you need clarification!
A pack of diapers
2 receiving blankets
1 pair of socks
1. Start off by making the 3 wheels. I used a pan to hold the diapers as I fanned them into a wheel shape. The pack of diapers I used was Pampers Sensitive Swaddlers, Size 1, 90 count, so each wheel has 30 diapers in it. (Unlike the picture below, my final wheels did not have the 3 diapers rolled up in the center. All 30 diapers were fanned out into the wheel.)
2. Tie the wheel together with a rubberband, or a knot, or a tautline hitch knot, as I did. I like the tauline hitch knot because it’s adjustable, so I can tie it, and still adjust or add diapers before fully tightening the knot around the wheel.
3. Once the 3 wheels are formed, secure some wide ribbon around the center of each wheel. You can use safety pins or tape, like I did.
4. Roll the first receiving blanket with a long piece of string inside.
5. The second receiving blanket is just rolled, with nothing on the inside.
6. Thread the first rolled receiving blanket through the front wheel, and center it (#1 in the second picture below).
7. Then thread each end through the side wheels, from the outside in (#2 and #3). The string ends should now be between the 2 back wheels. Pull the string ends tightly together and tie a solid knot. It’s important that this step is really secure, since it holds the whole thing together. The picture below shows the view from the top.
8. Thread the second receiving blanket through the front wheel, centered, and the ends are pulled up over the wheel (#4 in the above picture).
9. At the top of the wheel, secure the receiving blanket roll with a rubberband, string, or ribbon. Make sure you leave enough room to drape the bib and add the bottle.
10. Drape the first bib with the neck facing backwards over the front wheel.
11. Drape the second bib over the “seat” of the tricycle, with the neck facing forwards and covering the bottle. (I used a 3rd receiving blanket because that’s what I had on hand, but it would be easier with bibs. In the picture below, I draped the receiving blanket, then folded it up and over the bottle.)
12. Place the bottle with the bottom facing forwards the nipple end facing the back of the tricycle.
13. Secure the handle of the receiving blanket so the bottle won’t fall out, and decorate with a ribbon.
14. Finally, cap the “handles” with baby socks.
There you have it! Your own diaper tricycle, ready to rock and roll at your next baby shower! Want another baby shower gift inspiration? Check out this easy gift I put together recently for a new mom!