A fun and quirky baby shower gift that is unique and practical.



  • 18 New born nappies rolled up and secured with a rubber band
  • 1 Small bath towel
  • 1 large Face washer
  • 1 Hand towel
  • 2 Googly eyes
  • 1 Pipe cleaner
  • 1 Piece of cardboard wrapped in wrapping paper
  • Cellophane and ribbon (If you wish)
  • Needle and thread in matching colour to towels


  1. Start by folding the flannel in half length ways and laying it on the board. This will be the snails belly.
  2. Fold the hand towel (depending on it's size) into halves length ways or into thirds length ways, so that it is just slightly wider than the flannel.
  3. Place the rolled up hand towel at the end of the flannel. this will become the snails head.
  4. Next, fold the bath towel length ways until it's approximately the same width as a nappy. Lay it over the flannel, starting at the head end (make sure it's touching the head) This will be the shell.
  5. Starting from the end furthest away from the head, place the nappies along the towel loosely touching each other, leaving approximately a 3 nappy width gap between the head and the first nappy.
  6. Carefully, starting at the furthest end from the head, roll the towel up tight enough to hold the nappies in place.
  7. You may need to adjust the nappies slightly , but once you are happy with how it looks, discreetly sew a few stitches to attach the head to the shell
  8. Using a bit of double sided tape, attach the eyes, and bend a pipe cleaner to make an antenna.
  9. Wrap in cellophane and tie with ribbon.

Notes... These are always a hit when I make them for friends & family, and are quite simple to make.
I always add in a couple of baby sock roses to mine for added decoration, but you could add a false flower or nothing if you wanted, its up to you!

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  • Mum2archer
    • 10 Jan 2018
      9:44 pm

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  • Very cute and creative gift for a newborn!


  • I’ve seen lots of nappy cakes and similar at baby showers and as gifts. Great idea and unique by making a snail. Always great to have practical items as baby gifts


  • This is such a creative way to give this gift.


  • cute not sure about a snail idea


  • Like the idea of this. It seems easy to make.


  • So cute and very clever


  • Too cute. Really nice. But better with nappies too.


  • I’ve seen lots of Nappy Cakes over the years but this is the first time I have seen it done as a Snail. A clever and creative idea.


  • This looks awesome have to give this a go. Thanks for sharing


  • I’ve seen these a lot at flower shops…but this one is really creative! Think they make for a really cute gift!


  • This is no only unusual way to packing a baby gift, but has very practical items in it. The googly eyes finish it off. I can’t think of a safe way to recycle them. All of the rest of the trimmings you could.


  • This is absolutely adorable, I might give it a go for the next baby shower!


  • It looks great! Thanks for the inspiration


  • I would love one of these for the new baby a lovely unisex one ????


  • I have seen the baby shower nappy cakes, but this nappy snail is a new thing for me, I’m loving it


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