Diaper cakes can be made from either cloth or disposable diapers. Because cloth diapers are not as bulky as the store-bought variety, it takes more of them to make a diaper cake of the same size. Diapers can be plain white or sport a colorful design.
Diaper cakes are typically presented to expectant mothers at baby showers. Besides diapers, items needed to make this gift are cardboard, tape and rubber bands of assorted sizes. Other supplies may be needed, depending on the type being made. Once the cake has been put together, it can be decorated with ribbons, stuffed toys, rattles, pacifiers and other baby items.