List of supplies you will need (items in this cake will be in parentheses):
Size 2 Diapers: about 75 to 100 depending on thickness and how many other items you will include in the cake. (90 size 2 diapers)
Small elastic bands. (90 small clear bands)
Onesies, jammies, bibs, blankets, socks, hats etc, for the inside of the tiers. (6 Onesies, 5 bibs, 3 hats, 1 pants, 1 receiving blanket, 2 binkies w/ holders)
A toy for the top (I usually use a musical toy that ties in the crib)
Receiving blankets for the "icing" to wrap each tier. You can also use a fleece blanket. (3, one for each tier)
Ribbon to match, I recommend wire ribbon for the largest bows, it looks nicer. (I used 6 different colors, with 3 being wire.
Very small thin ribbon to tie around the diapers to keep them secure. I've tried dental floss and fishing line, but ribbon works the best.
T Pins (I used less than one box approx 28)
Round or square cardboard base. (I used a cake base. I bought a set of 6 at Michaels)
This cake is for a shower for a baby boy.
Begin by rolling your diapers and putting an elastic band around them to hold them tight. I like to roll them form top where the picture is, toward the bottom.
This is a photo of all of the supplies used in this cake, excluding the diapers
Roll and band all of the items you want to place inside the layers. Use a rolled diaper to gauge the size
Decide which items will go in the middle of the tier. The more items you place in the middle, the less diapers you will use. I have here, a receiving blanket, and several oneseis and bibs. Tie the circle of clothing items with the small ribbon.
Next, put a circle layer of diapers around the middle and tie that together with small ribbon.
Continue adding layers around until it's about as large as your base or as large as you'd like. Tie each separate layer with the small ribbon. This has 3 layers of diapers around.
Use one of your receiving blankets to cover the diapers and pin it into the diapers using the T Pins, and then flip it over. (look down at the 2nd tier to get a better idea of how to pin it)