I had received two diaper cakes with the birth of each child and I loved them. I used every single item included, especially the diapers. A couple of years ago, I did a few web searches and came across this totally awesome site: Coolest Diaper Cakes. You can scroll through this site for hours to get ideas and upload the ones that you've created.
For the diaper cakes I create here are my preferences: I like the all (or at least one) layers to be covered with a receiving blanket or pants or bibs. I also know that I don't want to roll each diaper individually. So I decided to roll them around each other. Sometimes I use something in the middle like a bottle and wrap the diapers around them. I also like to include sock or facecloth rosettes. And I like a cute cake topper, like a plush rattle or even a homemade crinkle taggie blanket. I don't usually hang too much off the cake, so it tend to be on the simple side.
Here's a small 2 layer cake I made yesterday. Gather supplies - diapers, ribbon, blanket, taggie, elastics, double sided tape or scotch tape, skewers, straight pins & safety pins (not pictured)
For rosettes, gather socks, pipecleaners, green floral tape. Use this tutorial: Baby Sock Rose Bouquet Instructions
2. open up a few more diapers and roll around the others; use tape and elestics to secure as needed
3. fold receiving blanket so it is the height of the diapers and wrap around the layer of secured diapers; secure with straight and safety pins
4. For top layer, repeat step one and two
5. Place on top of bottom layer and poke 3 skewers through each layer
6. For the top layer, I wrapped with 2 different sized ribbon, securing with double sided tape and straight pins
7. For the topper, I used a homemade crinkle taggie blanket (below). I rolled it up at an angle, secured with pins and wedged it in to the center of the diapers on the top layer
8. I randomly placed the 6 rosettes into the top of each layer of the cake. Played around with it until I liked how it looked:
9. I like to wrap it in tulle and ribbon/bows and include a recipe card with all of the ingredients.
This is how I like to make diaper cakes. You can really tailor it to match your taste. Plus there are so many great examples out there on the website. Here are a few others that I've made in the past, including a bath towel cake that I made as a wedding shower gift.
AND this is one of the 2 or 3 I'm making for my sister-in-law's baby shower next month. All the items on it are homemade and I'm working on a post to tell you all about it!!