A friend of mine was due to have a baby but the problem was I didn't know whether it was going to be a boy or a girl. Being that there are only a few true surprises in life, she and her husband chose not to learn what the gender. Well, I'm here to say that you can still give a fabulous baby gift and something that is gender-neutral.
I started off by finding a soft blanket frog in soft green. I decided to make a diaper cake and made the frog the "cake" topper. I added other small gifts such as green and white onesies, yellow and green socks that I turned inside one another to create small flower buds, a rubber duckie that measures the water temperature and a few other items that I tucked into the diaper layers. I also bought a sun shade for the baby carrier and used this boxed item as the base for the "cake".
There are lots of tutorials to view on YouTube that will show you how to make this type of gift. I chose to make a fairly modest size as it was not going to form a table decoration piece. I started mine was to take a 10" spring form pan and fan out some of the diapers inside the cake pan. Insert an empty paper towel roll in the middle of the pan surrounded by diapers. Have long elastic bands ready and being careful, remove the diaper layer from the pan and apply the elastic bands. For the second layer, roll diapers as you go and apply another elastic band or two over the paper towel roll and add two rows of diapers. Then take more rolled diapers and add to the owner edge of bottom layer until you are satisfied with the shape. I used 2 packages of 18 natural disposable newborn diapers to make this project.
Then the fun part begins. You can add small items such as rolled up socks and facecloths, small toys, baby wash, etc. to fit between the diapers - as many or as few as will fit and look balanced. You could also have a theme like bath time or home safety items like cupboard locks and socket covers. The diaper cake can be mounted on a piece of cardboard covered with pretty paper or a cake board. Cover the elastic bands with pretty ribbons in a neutral tone. Use a large piece of gift basket plastic wrap and there you go. A wonderful and unique gift that probably didn't take you 10 minutes to assemble. It actually took me longer to shop for the gifts that went on the cake than it did to make it. Most importantly, my friend loved the gift I made especially for her.
The gift was accompanied with a light green card in the shape of a onesie that I cut from my Cricut New Arrivals cartridge. I outlined the seams with white gel pen. The stamp on the front, Precious Little Baby is from the Tiny Tags stamp set from The Stamping Spot.