How to Make Baby Shower Gifts

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A homemade baby shower gift is a wonderful way to customize and personalize your gift. Some homemade baby shower gifts will require a good amount of preparation time, but there are many gifts you can make in a short period of time.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Receiving blankets
  • Diapers
  • Small baby items
  • Blue or pink ribbon
  • Basket
  • A baby shower basket is simple and fun to make. Start with an old basket you have purchased secondhand, or a basket that just may be laying around the house. If you want to spruce up an old basket, simply give it a couple of coats of spray paint and add a few ribbons and bows in the color of your choice. Gather small, inexpensive baby items; rattles, pacifiers, bottles, travel-size baby care items and even diapers could be added to make a beautiful baby shower basket for a baby boy or a baby girl.

  • A pamper mom basket is a wonderful homemade baby shower gift. Use the same basket idea as you would with a baby shower basket, but spruce it up for mom. You could fill the basket with items such as pedicure and manicure products, facials and/or hair treatments, gift certificates, candles, bubble bath and even a relaxation CD for mom. You are sure to surprise any mother-to-be with a beautiful basket full of goodies to help her relax while she is waiting for her baby to arrive.

  • A diaper cake is a multipurpose homemade baby shower gift. It can serve as a decoration and a platform to hold smaller baby shower items. A diaper cake is very easy to make. You simply roll a diaper up and tape it to serve as your centerpiece, and you continue wrapping diapers around the centerpiece to form the bottom layer of the cake. This is a very fun project to make. You can make a single, double, or even triple-layer cake. After you form your layers, embellish the cake with ribbons, bows, and small baby items like rattles, teething rings, diaper pins, pacifiers or anything else that comes to mind. You can customize the cake for a girl or a boy, or you could make the cake to match the baby shower decoration theme. The great thing about this gift is the small gifts and the diapers that make the cake can be used once the baby arrives.

  • This is similar to the diaper cake, but you make the cake with rolled-up receiving blankets or cloth diapers. Roll receiving blankets into 4- or 5-inch cylinders. Use one cylinder for the center of your cake. Add other cylinders around the first to create the first layer of your cake. You can hold the blanket cylinders together with large rubber bands. You can conceal the rubber bands with ribbons and bows. Embellish your receiving blanket cake just like you would embellish the diaper cake. The great thing about this cake is, like the diaper cake, mom can use not only the embellishments, but the receiving blankets as well.

  • A baby blanket is another easy-to-make baby shower gift. You could crochet a small baby blanket in no time at all. You do not need to have crocheting experience either. You can create a small baby blanket with a simple double or triple crochet stitch. A baby quilt is also easy to make. You can make the quilt yourself or purchase a premade quilt panel at a discount or fabric store. These premade panels are nice because they are fast and easy to finish up. Once you choose your panel, you just choose and stitch the finishing edge onto the panel. That is all that is needed to create a beautiful handmade blanket for your baby shower gift.

  • Whatever gift you decide to make, your homemade gift should reflect your natural gifts and talents. You will have more fun making your gift if you are not stressed out. Choose a project you are comfortable with making. Do not choose to crochet a blanket if you can't sit in the same spot for more than five minutes. Your project will only end in frustration and probably abandonment. Choosing a project you enjoy will bring joy to you and the mother to be as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have fun! You gift is sure to please the new mommy to be if you have fun while you are making it.
  • Do not procrastinate! If you know that you want to give a homemade gift, get started as soon as possible. You will have more peace if you are not pressured with time restraints.

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