Homemade baby shower decorations can be just as beautiful as store bought items you pay a small fortune for. In fact, homemade decorations typically inspire conversation and admiration. Often, guests are so enamored by the creativity of the decorations, that they borrow the ideas for future showers.
11 Easy-to-Make DIY Baby Shower Decorations
Making do-it-yourself baby shower decorations is usually cheaper than buying pre-bought, and these 11 ideas will make a big impression for your shower.
Standing Baby Sign
This pretty sign can be decorated in any number of ways. You can paint the letters, glue silk flowers to them, or even cover them in rubber stamp designs. The directions here are for covering them with ribbon for a festive nursery look.
- Letters to spell BABY, available in custom sizes at Craft Cuts.
- One-inch width grosgrain or satin ribbons in four complimentary colors/patterns
- Small, flat-head tacks
- Whatever other embellishments you want
To cover your letters:
- Begin by tacking a piece of ribbon to the back of the first letter.
- Wind the ribbon completely around the letter to cover all sides, overlapping the edges slightly.
- Finish by tacking the end of the ribbon to the back of the letter.
- Repeat for each letter.
- Add any embellishments you like to the letters.
- Stand the decoration on a table. Apply double stick tape to the bottom of the letters if needed to stabilize them.
Welcome Baby Clothesline Sign
- String some clothesline across an archway or entryway, enough to hang all twelve diapers across with space between the two words.
- Lay the diapers flat on your workspace, and begin drawing or painting one letter of the greeting on each diaper using the puff paint. You can do something simple like block letters, or you can get fancy if you have a lot of artistic talent.
- Also, decorate the clothespins with some simple designs like small flowers or bears.
- Give the diapers and clothespins sufficient time to dry, and then hang the diapers from the line with the clothespins, and you have an adorable welcome sign for the shower.
- After the shower, be sure to give the mom-to-be the diapers and clothespins because both will come in handy after baby arrives.
Baby Shower Centerpiece Basket
If you know the theme of the baby's nursery, you can create a darling and very useful centerpiece that matches that theme.
- Purchase a few coordinating items like stuffed toys, figurines, books and receiving blankets.
- Put some festive filler material in the basket and arrange your items in it nicely.
- Tie a color-coordinated ribbon or some helium balloons on the handle.
- Use the basket as a centerpiece on the gift table or a food buffet.
Burp Cloth Placemats
A new mom can never have too many burp cloths, so these homemade decorations can be used again after baby arrives. You'll need to plan on one burp cloth per guest/table setting. This project takes some time to complete, so plan to make your placemats well ahead of the shower.
- Using fabric paints, create a cute border design around the edge of each burp cloth. You might like to draw Teddy bears, pacifiers, baby bottles or some combination of these items.
- Let each burp cloth dry according to the directions on the fabric paints. Some paints recommend ironing after drying to set the design permanently.
- On the day of the shower, lay a placemat at each setting as you prepare your tables.
Baby Fun Napkin Rings
This project couldn't be easier. You'll need an assortment of teething rings, pacifiers with handles, and baby key rings. Simply roll up your napkins and thread them through the rings on these items, and lay them at each place setting. Be sure to choose a good assortment of these items because the guests can donate them back to the mom-to-be.
Topiaries can be grouped as centerpieces or placed around the room as accents to the rest of your decorations. This project is a bit labor intensive, so give yourself enough time to complete everything before the shower.
For each topiary, you will need:
- One 5-inch clay pot
- One 5-inch Styrofoam ball
- Acrylic paints in assorted pastel colors
- One set of baby stickers per pot
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Small, dried roses and baby's breath'
- Sponge paint brush
To create your topiaries:
- Paint the outside of each pot with your chosen color(s), and let them dry.
- Decorate the pots with stickers.
- Working with one pot at a time, run a bead of hot glue around the inside rim, and press a Styrofoam ball into the pot.
- Beginning around the outside edge, glue the roses onto the balls, adding small sprigs of the baby's breath to fill in any open spaces between the flowers.
- When all the Styrofoam balls are covered, and the glue is set, your topiaries are ready to use.
Diaper cakes have become very popular in recent years, and they do double duty as gifts and decorations. You'll need about 22 plain or printed disposable diapers, some tape and enough ribbon to tie around all three tiers.
- Starting at one side, roll each diaper into a tube, and use a small piece of tape to secure the tubes,
- Stand three tubes on end, and tie a length of ribbon around them to create the top tier.
- Gather seven tubes together, one in the middle and six surrounding it, and tie that set together with ribbon.
- Gather twelve tubes together, three in the middle and nine surrounding them, and tie them together with ribbon.
- Stack all three tiers together to create the final diaper cake.
Baby Bottle Vases
Convert baby bottles into adorable little flower vases that you can place on tables around the room.
- Buy fresh cut flowers the day before the shower and keep them in your refrigerator. You'll need enough to create a small bouquet for each bottle.
- Unscrew the rings and remove the nipples from all of the bottles.
- Screw the rings back on the bottles, and save the nipples in a plastic bag for later use.
- Fill the bottles three-fourths full with water. Do not use any floral preservative.
- Cut the flower stems to size, and arrange a small bouquet for every bottle.
- Place the bottle vases on every table and around the room in any place that could use a little decoration.
- After the shower, sterilize all the bottles, put the nipples back on them, and give them to the mom-to-be.
Custom Baby Shower Table Covers
With a few simple supplies, even your table covers can become part of the decorations.
To make your covers:
- Practice stamping on a paper napkin first to perfect your technique before you begin stamping covers.
- Spread out one cover at a time on a table.
- Press the stamp onto the inkpad.
- Repeat until each of your covers are filled with as many designs as you want.
- Clean your stamps by stamping them on a wet paper towel until no pigment remains on the stamp.
Baby Tub Ice Bucket
This decoration is as fun as it is functional, and your guests will be impressed with your ingenuity.
- Wrap a beautiful ribbon around the sides of the tub, and tie a nice bow.
- Fill the tub with ice.
- Stock the tub with bottles of juice, soda and water.
- After the shower, you can give the tub to the mom-to-be.
Paper parasols are easily turned into quaint shower decorations. Pastel colors work great for a baby shower, but there's no reason you can't use primary colors if that's your preference. This decoration looks especially nice on the gift table, or you might choose to put several around the room.
- Open the parasol, and turn it upside down.
- Fill the parasol with a mound of streamers, curled ribbon, and a sprinkling of confetti.
- Add a Teddy bear and some rattles on top of the filling.
Cheap and Unique Homemade Baby Shower Decorations
All of these decorations are reasonably easy to make, and most are very inexpensive. With customized, homemade decorations you have the opportunity to make something really unique, so don't be afraid to add a creative spin to each project. After all, the uniqueness of these decorations is what makes them even more appealing than store-bought decorations, and the mom-to-be that you're honoring will surely appreciate the extra work that went into her baby shower.