DIY: Baby Washcloth Bouquet

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I have another fun DIY baby shower gift for y’all! Today at work we celebrated one of my favorite co-workers with a beautiful baby shower. There was food, balloons and lots of fun. Because I could only stay for 15 minutes, I wanted to surprise her with a thoughtful and creative gift.
My fun times in New Orleans left me low on cash so I decided to browse through Pinterest til I found a useful and presentable gift. I found hundreds of tutorials for do it yourself baby shower gifts and decided on a bouquet made out of terry washcloths. Keep reading for the how to!

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I found this bushel of baby’s breath for $3.96 at Walmart and a cylinder vase for $1 and snagged both up. All that was left to do was trim the stems and add water.
I found the cutest little washcloths with rubber duckies for $5.96 and got to work. With my little sisters help, this entire project took about 5 minutes to complete.

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Start off by laying the terry cloth flat, tag side up.

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Fold in to thirds, bringing both top and bottom toward the center.

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Flatten out any wrinkles and fold in half one last time.

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Starting at one end and keeping the other end taut, fold a corner diagonally and begin rolling to the other side.

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Make sure to roll up as you go to create the petal effect.

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And you’re done! Secure the end with tape and work on the rest of the washcloths.

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Insert a wooden dowel, I found mine at the dollar store, to create the stem.

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Arrange them into the vase naturally throughout the arrangement. And you are done! You can finish the look off with some ribbon or tulle, I chose to keep mine simple.

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Here I am with the mother-to-be before I had to go back to my meeting. Doesn’t she look happy?!
This arrangement was a hit at the shower as it also served as a centerpiece at the cake table. For just over $10 I was able to present her with thoughtful handmade gift she loved!
I think homemade gifts are the best because I get to personalize them.
Does anybody have a favorite homemade gift they have received? What kind of gifts do you give at a baby shower? I cannot wait til the baby is born to create a few more gifts from my Pinterest search.
Talk to y’all soon!

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DIY: Diaper Cake

I want to share one of my favorite projects with you all from this past week. I attended a baby shower at work for one of my favorite co workers on Thursday. She is about 7 and a half months pregnant and does not want to find out the baby’s gender, which I love. But I found it a little difficult to find a gift for her and the baby. She is always teasing me for all the time I spend on Pinterest and scrolling through blogs so I thought it would be perfect to make her something creative! Put a few pins to good use.

I made her a gender neutral diaper cake with Dora the Explorer because she is trying to learn Spanish 🙂

Here are a few shots of the process:

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Supplies needed:

A hot glue gun
A piece of cardboard
A rubberband
A bottle cleaner
A bag of newborn diapers
A package of travel size toiletries
A blanket
A bath mit, I chose Dora
And a few other things the new momma may need

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I glued the little bottles down on the cardboard and started rolling up the diapers and placing them around the bottles. I used a rubberband to hold them together, I would avoid glue so the mommy can use the diapers from the cake. I just went around and around with rolled up diapers until I felt good about the size of the cake.

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I ended up using 25 diapers, keeping them together with the rubberband. I took the fleece blanket and folded it around the diapers, tying it in a knot at the back.

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Then I stuck Dora in, making sure she was standing upright between the rubberband and the diapers. I love this shot, it looks like Dora is taking a bubble bath 🙂

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And that’s it! After that its just about squeezing in a few other gifts. I tied a little toy and a pacifier on with some white ribbon. I put in a bag of portable diaper sacks, some diaper rash cream. And the cutest little superman newborn onesie.

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Here it is again! Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the mommy to be holding the cake. Believe me, I tried to get one! Her response: I don’t want any pictures of me without a six-pack! Hahaha I love that! Even though we all assured her she looked beautiful!

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Anyhoo, this was such an easy and inexpensive project! For less than $25 I was able to give her a functional yet presentable gift! I think the only thing I splurged on a bit was the onesie. But it was so cute and worth it!

I think I made the right decision with this gift! She was so thankful and loved that it was homemade.

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Here’s a shot of the food table for the party. The decorations committee did such a great job! It was such a great party! The mommy to be got a ton of great stuff and it was nice to hang out a bit at work.

That’s what I have to share with y’all for today. I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll talk to y’all soon!