A Baby Shower Umbrella: Do-It-Yourself

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Craft your own baby shower umbrella.
Craft your own baby shower umbrella.

Decorated umbrellas are popular baby shower decorations because of the concept of "showering" the guest of honor with gifts. Although these party decorations are available ready-made, do-it-yourself umbrellas are less expensive. You can also decorate an umbrella to match a desired baby theme. Use a baby shower umbrella as a table centerpiece or place it upside-down to hold some of the wrapped gifts or party favors.

Things You'll Need

  • Umbrella
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Bows, optional
  • Pacifiers, optional
  • Baby socks, optional
  • Baby rattles, optional
  • Baby-themed decals or stickers, optional
  • Baby-themed stencils, optional
  • Craft paint, optional
  • Craft paint brushes, optional
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Instructions

    • 1

      Choose an umbrella in white or a pastel baby color. Use blue or pink if you know what gender the baby is. Decide whether to have a large umbrella or a few smaller ones to place around the room at the shower.

    • 2

      Measure the length of the frame wires along the outside of the umbrella from the center to one of the points. Cut lace the exact length or a little longer to allow for a gathered look. Have one or more lengths of lace to cover the outside of each wire in the umbrella. Use printed ribbon in place of lace, if desired.

    • 3

      Work a few inches at a time to glue the lace (or ribbon) along the frame wires. Put a line of hot glue along the wire and stick the lace in the glue. Continue to glue the lace onto the wire to the bottom edge. Repeat the process to cover each of the frame wires with lace. Bunch the lace into gathers as you stick it into the hot glue as you work down the wire, if you desire a more ruffled look.

    • 4

      Glue decals or stickers along the outside of the umbrella if desired. You may choose to use stencils and craft paints to create baby-themed shapes on the umbrella. Place some of the pictures or shapes right-side-up and some upside-down so you can place the umbrella any direction you choose.

    • 5

      Glue strips of ribbon at each pointed end along the bottom edge of the umbrella. Tie some baby items such as pacifiers, socks and rattles to the ribbons. Glue ribbons and bows on the umbrella and the handle, if desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Turn the umbrella into a gift. Have each guest bring a single diaper, travel-sized package of baby wipes or shampoos and lotions to place in the umbrella centerpiece.

  • Make a smaller, matching decorated umbrella as a place for guests to put greeting cards that contain gift cards or cash.

  • Consider having each guest autograph the umbrella as a keepsake for the new mommy.

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