I just shared all the details of the mint, pink, and gold baby shower we threw for my sister-in-law in preparation for her first baby - a little girl whose aunt loves her so much already!
That post was a run-down of everything at the shower. This post will take a closer look at the 4 DIY projects we completed to add some special touches to the shower while also being money-conscious!
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DIY Ribbon Garland
This ribbon garland was a very last minute project, but I think it turned out well and was super easy to make.
To make, all you need is some twine and various colors, patterns, sizes, and textures of ribbon. With your twine laid out in whatever length you need, simply cut off strips of ribbon as long or short as you need and tie them to the twine. Each garland took me maybe 5 minutes total to assemble. The only thing I may have done differently would be to make it thicker by adding a lot more ribbon.
I found the floral, teal balls, and ruffly mint ribbon at Hobby Lobby for $0.25-$2.99 a roll. The rest of the ribbon was from Target's Dollar Spot and cost $1 per roll. The twine I already had from another project.
These simple additions to the two tables added a little more color and dimension to an overwhelmingly pink party. I've also re-purposed them as wall decor in my youngest daughter's nursery, so it was time and money well-spent!
DIY Diaper Letter
This piece was a labor of love, and unfortunately due to some poor planning on my part, not entirely what I planned for it to be. It look exactly how I wanted it to, but this diaper letter was supposed to be more than just pretty; it was supposed to provide usable diapers after the fact. That's the whole point of using diapers to make cakes, wreaths, or whatever shape you please. Sadly, though, I got so caught up in how it looked that I completely forgot to make it re-usable.
So instead of walking you through how I did it, let me explain how I should have done it so that it fit both it's purposes!
*represents materials I didn't use, but in order to do this project correctly, you need them!
So if you haven't guessed already, where I went wrong was gluing the diapers directly to the cardboard letter and also gluing the flowers directly to the diapers. This made the diapers no longer usable because that glue is strong. When I tested pulling a diaper off, it straight up destroyed it. So I wasted 18 perfectly good diapers for the sake of a cute decoration for a baby shower. Don't make the same mistake as me and plan ahead because this project is a really great addition to any baby shower!
DIY 'Mom-To-Be' Badge
This Mom-to-be badge was something my mom and I threw together since we didn't really want to purchase one. It turned out perfect and it wasn't expensive to make at all!
My mom did most of the work on this and it was really her idea and creation. I love how easy and inexpensive it was (only had to pay for the ribbon bundle and the safety pins since we had all the other materials already). It would be a cinch to recreate and so easy to customize for whatever party theme you've got going on!
DIY NAme Banner
This name banner was also a last minute compilation that I feel like turned out really well. I had almost all of the materials on hand already, so it was definitely one of the least expensive projects!
Once this all came together, I was so happy with the final product. I love the name they chose and getting to display it in such a sweet, simple way was perfect! I sent this piece home with them in case they wanted to use it in the nursery, for a future birthday party, or whatever else they might need it for!
These 4 projects were fun, looked great, and didn't break the bank. All things I love in a DIY project!
Another great thing about these projects is that they are totally customizable to whatever kind of atmosphere you are going for. They could easily be made into boy-themed, gender-neutral, incorporated with other colors or different embellishments. The options are basically endless and if you give any of these a try, I would LOVE to see how you made them uniquely yours!