Diaper Tricycle- Baby Shower Gift/Decoration

My sister-in-law‘s baby shower was quickly approaching, and my mother-in-law asked me if I’d be willing to help create a fun centerpiece/decoration for the party. She mentioned a diaper cake, but for those of you who have made a diaper cake know how time-intensive and tedious those can be. Because I only had a short time frame, I decided to give a Diaper Tricycle a whirl (call me crazy for trying something new with only a few days; I know) but it was super easy, quick, and oh so cute! 
I read and watched a few tutorials I found on Pinterest, but it was ultimately Southern Fried Gal’s tutorial that guided me through the process.  
 
 

Materials Needed:

  • 55 Diapers (I typically make Diaper projects with size one)
  • 2 bibs
  • 1 bottle
  • 2 cotton receiving blankets (new work best because of their stiffness)
  • 1 pair of socks
  • ribbon
  • safety pins
  • large rubber bands
*I love best that you can personalize this gift/decoration for the baby’s gender, expectant mother’s color choice, and or nursery color scheme! Love it! 

Directions:

1. Begin by making the wheels. You will need 25 diapers for the front wheel and 15 of each of the back wheels. Lay the diapers out in an overlapping line, with the image side facing up (if they have an image on the front). Take one diaper and roll in up. Place in at the bottom of your diaper line and begin rolling all of the diapers around it. 
 
Note: This is much easier with two people, one to roll/control the ‘diaper wheel’ and the other to help tuck the diapers as you roll. 
 
 
2. Secure each ‘diaper wheel’ with a large rubber band (or two). Wrap ribbon around each wheel (covering the rubber band) and secure it with a safety pin. 
 
3. Next, fold the receiving blankets into about 1/2 inch folds; creating a thin strip. Repeat this for both receiving blankets. Pin the ends of the blanket to keep it together
 
4. Now create the tricycle.  Take one receiving blanket strip and slide it through the center of the large diaper wheel. Place the two smaller wheels behind the larger wheel and slide the ends of receiving blanket then through each of the small wheels, securing the ends together in the back with a few safety pins. You can then slide the pinned section into one of the wheels to hide the pins. 
 
 
5. Take the second receiving blanket, slide it again through the center of the large wheel. Take one bib over the front wheel to create the fender. You can tuck the bib around to the back, or thread it through the center of the large wheel also. Place the other bib over the back of the tricycle to create the seat. If the bib is large enough, fasten the seat bib through the front wheel, if it is not just tuck the ends in to secure them. 
 
 
6. Next, lay the bottle on top of the front bib, pull up the second blanket to create the handle bars and secure them a rubber band tightly against the bottle. Finally, place the socks on the handle bars to create hand grips and to cover the safety pins. 
 
 
7. You can then finish it off with a bow right above the bottle or leave it without. You’re done; you did it! Not too hard right!? Super cute and unique! 

 

If you liked the Diaper Tricycle, check out my Diaper Wreath Tutorial Here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PG
Mackenzie is a follower of Jesus, wife, mama of two toddler boys, teacher at heart, and coffee lover. She was a lower school elementary teacher for over 6 years, with a master's degree in Reading, and is a certificated Reading Specialist. She currently works part-time at a private school allowing her more time at home with her little guys.

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  1. How cute! I love it.

  2. Oh my gosh! This is such a cool idea! And the diaper wreath is awesome too! I’d love for you to share this and any other crafts at my new linky party, Submarine Sunday. I hope you’ll stop by!

    T’onna
    http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/10/submarine-sunday-3-features.html

  3. I made this tonight and it worked like a dream! Super easy! Thanks for the great idea!

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