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6 Adorable DIY Baby Shower Craft Ideas

Katlyn Joy |26, October 2013


Moms love gifts made from the heart! Making your own baby keepsake gift to give to the mom-to-be at her baby shower is a wonderful way to create that special memory that will last a lifetime. Here are six baby keepsake craft ideas to delight any mom-to-be.

1. A Personalized Pregnancy or Baby Journal

While purchased ones are lovely enough, to make one especially for the mom-to-be is such a thoughtful gift it's sure to be a hit. Go to a craft store and pick out an album in her favorite colors. Create journal sections such as:

  • "Doctor's visits"
  • "A letter from Mommy"
  • "A letter from Daddy,"
  • "Foods I craved while pregnant"
  • "World events while waiting for you", and so on.

Then choose decorative scrapbook papers and stickers to go along with the sections and decorate. You can include embellishments with special markers or gel pens. Leave plenty of space for Mom to record her thoughts and to tuck in special mementos and photos. It is always a good idea to include in your gift extra scrapbooking supplies, and decorations so that the Mom-to-be can add additional journal pages.

2. A Baby Play Mat

Make more than a blanket; make an activity play mat for baby's tummy time. Go to a fabric or craft store and find an adorable pattern. Usually you can find some simple ready to make, easy to finish ones. However, to make yours an activity mat, you need to add some special interest areas. Put bells in a bootie, stuff it inside other booties and sew the edges together. Then sew it onto the edges of the mat. Sew or make fringe along the edges, making sure everything is adhered well and doesn't pose a choking hazard. You can sew other rattle-type toys to the mat, or you can sew on Velcro loops to attach a variety of baby-safe toys. For an extra special touch, make a matching bag to carry the mat in.

3. Unique Baby Bibs

Stencil baby's name on the bibs, or write a special message like:

  • "You think I'm messy, you should see my dad eat!"
  • "Mommy's little angel,"
  • "I love Daddy."

You can use lead free fabric paint or markers. You could add a little lace for girls or ribbon in appropriate colors for embellishment.

4. Hand Painted Nursing Stool with Nursing Station Accessories

Purchase a simple wooden footstool that is higher on one side to serve as a nursing footstool. Paint the stool in whimsical colors or in shades that fit with the nursery theme. Paint a water bottle with Mom's name in similar shades, and find matching receiving blankets. Other items to include could be a magazine Mom enjoys, burp cloths, or a nursing pillow.

5. Baby's First Book

Take a trip to the craft store and you can gather all the items you need to make a personalized washable book for baby. Cut felt or fabric squares and sew together. Make it themed to colors, shapes or animals or anything else you think up. Be sure to include different textures and colors. You can sew a tiny loop to hold a baby rattle inside. Sew large felt numbers or letters or animal silhouettes and decorate with fabric glue. Make certain there are no loose items, everything is safe, and does not pose a choking hazard.

6. Baby Bath Set

Create a cute gift set and put all the items in a little tub. Take a set of matching terry washcloths and cut out a simple pattern of a duck or whale, or whatever shape you desire, and sew a bath sponge inside. Include bath items like baby bath, baby oil, baby lotions and powder and bath toys. If you like, you could dress up a baby robe with embellishments like ears on the hood or write baby's name across the front in fanciful script.

Remember, a baby shower is not just a time to congratulate and help the Mom-to-be prepare for her baby, but also to create long lasting memories that can be remembered for years to come. These baby keepsake gifts are sure to be a big hit at any baby shower!

Katlyn Joy is a freelance writer with a Master's of Arts in Creative Writing. She is mom to seven children, and lives in Denver, Colorado with her family.

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