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Ideas for Easy Homemade Baby Shower Gifts

Creative Ways to Honor Expectant Mothers


Updated September 30, 2011

Homemade baby shower gifts are often the best baby shower gifts because they are just as unique as the new bundle of joy. You don’t need to be able to knit a baby blanket or sew a christening gown in order to make memorable homemade baby gifts, either. The following craft projects are easy enough for anyone to create in just one afternoon.

1. Diaper Cakes

diaper cake
Dana Hinders

Diaper cakes make for popular baby shower gifts because they are cute as well as useful. You can customize the diaper cake to fit your exact needs, including practical items such as baby shampoo and diaper rash cream or focusing more on toys, books, and nursery décor. Diaper cakes are most often made with disposable diapers, but you can use the same process to make a cake with cloth diapers if you prefer. Plan to use 50-75 newborn or size 1 diapers to complete your project.

2. Diaper Wreaths

diaper wreath
Dana Hinders

While diaper cakes are very popular, the size of the project can overwhelm those who are on a tight budget. If you’re looking for a slightly less expensive gift, consider making a diaper wreath. You can create a diaper wreath using 20-30 diapers and 5-6 small items such as rattles, teething rings, or board books. Diaper wreaths, like diaper cakes, can be made with either disposable diapers or cloth diapers.

3. Decorated Onesies

decorated onesies

Decorated onesies can make for a thoughtful baby shower gift, especially if you customize the designs to fit the special interests of the parents and the gender of the baby. Iron-on decals are the easiest way to decorate these homemade baby shower gifts, but you can also use fabric paint, fabric markers, or appliqués to create your design if you prefer. Just remember that you should avoid adding buttons, ribbons, or other embellishments that could present a choking hazard.

4. Decorated Picture Frames

decorated picture frame
Dana Hinders

New parents take lots of pictures, so personalized picture frames make great gifts. You can find inexpensive frames to decorate at craft stores, dollar stores, and thrift shops. Decoupage a plain wooden frame using scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or wallpaper scraps in colors that match the baby’s nursery or the mother’s home décor scheme. Add beads, flowers, buttons, charms, or other embellishments if desired.

5. Baby Name Wall Art

baby name wall art
Dana Hinders

If the new parents know what they plan to name their baby, creating baby name wall art can be a thoughtful way to show your love. You can decoupage wooden letters, use free photos to create a custom poster, or make a shadow box wall display. When creating this homemade baby shower gift, remember to use colors and embellishments that coordinate well with the nursery theme the parents have selected.


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