*guest post from Cut Craft Create
April showers bring...baby showers! That's right, it's the time of year that we start to celebrate new life in budding florals, baby bunnies and with our friends and family expecting their own new bundles. Baby showers have traditionally been given a bad reputation for being cheesy, lame or boring. There are only so many times we can look at baby food smeared in a diaper before we get bored with the whole baby shower scene.
As a crafty mama and DIY blogger, I want to share a few craft activities for you to incorporate into the next baby shower you plan. Don't worry, these ideas are simple and can be done by even the least of your crafty friends. Best of all they leave the mom-to-be with treasured items and the guests having experienced a baby shower that they will reminisce on next time they are sniffing baby food diapers.
- Scribbles fabric crayons. Use just like regular crayons but on fabric! (Follow directions on box)
- Fabric paint. Let guests freehand designs or set out a variety of stencils or foam stamps. Most acrylic paints also work great and don't wash out!
- Fabric markers.
- Iron on pieces. Create your own out of heat transfer vinyl or purchase from a craft store.
*Don't forget to include a cardstock or sew-in fabric "made by" tag so that the mom-to-be knows who made each piece!
Create a set of blocks. Let each guest design a wooden building block that can be used as decor
- Unfinished wood blocks can be purchased at many craft stores or make your own by cutting a long piece from the hardware store.
*Don't forget to finish the blocks by covering with Mod Podge after the designs have had time to dry. This will help them last longer and will make it safer for baby to play with in the future.
Make a book. Purchase a blank book from an office supply store and let each person create a page. Some ideas for themes could be:
- A continuing story. Each person makes up a page based on the previous page.
- Alphabet book. For example, the first person would write "A" and draw a picture of something
- "First Words". A compilation of words and imagery such as 'cat' 'ball' and 'car'.
- Special messages. Each guest can create a page around their favorite children's prayer or inspirational quote.
If the baby is a girl, set up a DIY hair bow station! Set out bare alligator clips or headbands and let guests create a few pieces out of the following materials:
- Pre-made flowers or other embellishments
*Don't forget to set out scissors and a hot glue gun so they can put it together!
Next time you plan a baby shower, forgo the same old games that we've all played and instead invite your guests to get crafty! Not only will these options be unique and fun but they also leave mom and baby with items they can treasure forever.