Disposable diapers are a practical and common gift for a new baby. With a few supplies, creativity and time a gift of disposable diapers can be transformed into beautiful baby shower decorations, changed into a source of encouragement for the new parents or made into a funny gift for the new dad.
Diaper cakes can be used as a centerpiece at a baby shower or delivered to the home of the new baby. Diaper cakes are made by rolling up disposable diapers and securing each rolled diaper with a rubber band. The rolled diapers are then stood on end and arranged in concentric circles around a stable center, such as a bottle of baby lotion. Another larger rubber band is placed around the large circle of diapers. The process can be repeated to make a tiered cake. The cake is decorated with ribbons to conceal the rubber bands, and dotted with small baby gifts, such as rattles, spoons and nail clippers.
Diaper wreaths can be made using fewer diapers, making them a less expensive option than a diaper cake. A diaper wreath can be used as shower decorations or placed on a new baby's front door to welcome him or her home from the hospital. Diaper wreaths are made by opening a diaper and then wrapping it around a foam wreath. The loose ends are secured with a rubber band. This is repeated until the entire wreath is covered. Each rubber band is then covered with a ribbon. Small gifts can be tied into the ribbons.
Encouragement diapers are used to create a basket of advice and encouragement for the new parents and can also be used as an activity at a baby shower. The basket of advice is created by opening a pack of diapers and writing a short note on the front of each one. If you are using this as a shower activity, invite each guest to write a note on one diaper. Gift cards can be taped to the front of one or more diapers as well. Place the stack of diapers in a basket for gift-giving.
A diaper belt for dad is created more for fun than for practicality. While dad may not really use the belt, he will use the materials in it. A diaper belt is created by purchasing a tool belt and filling one pocket with several diapers and the others with diapering supplies, such as diaper cream and wipes. For laughs, items such as a pair of tongs for lifting dirty diapers and a clothespin for pinching his nose are sometimes included.
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