Baby Headbands | Baby Shower Activity

I’m not a big “games” person, especially when it comes to baby showers. I prefer activities such as decorating onesies or writing prayers or scripture for the baby so when I saw this idea on Hostess with the Mostess I wanted to blog about it immediately so I would never forget. This particular baby shower was Paris themed and although the entire shower was simply adorable, I loved their activity the most(ess): making headbands for the baby!

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via HWTM

One of the hostesses actually made these bows ahead of time but depending on your guests, you could set out a picture or tutorials for different bows and let guests choose which bows they want to make. I just love the little pink tags they made to attach to each headband so you know who made it. That would come in handy when sending thank you notes or when taking photos of the baby wearing the headbands.

Now I know what you’re thinking, this only works for a girl baby shower, but what if for a boy baby shower you made bow ties to clip onto onesies? For gender neutral baby showers, why not have your guests make pacifier clips? In fact, the headbands, bow ties and pacifier clips require a lot of the same materials so making two at the same shower could also be an option. I am just loving this crafting trend at showers. Hooray for hot glue!

DIY Fancy Clothespins

For Jayde’s Baby Shower I made decorative clothespins to hang the onesies the hostesses made. I am confident I’m not the first person to ever do this but today I am going to share with you how I did it.

Materials Needed:

Clothespins
Spraypaint
Mod Podge
Scrapbook paper
Sandpaper (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Spray paint your clothespins the color you would like them. I spray painted my clothespins to be a copper/champagne color to match the scrapbook paper I had picked.
  2. Use a dry clothespin to start tracing on your scrapbook paper. If you want to multitask you can set aside one clothespin sans spray paint to trace while the rest of the clothespins are drying.
  3. Cut out your traced clothespin.
  4. Once your clothespins have completely dried, spread Mod Podge on one side of the clothespin and stick your scrapbook paper to the clothespin. Let it dry and then spread more Mod Podge on top of the paper.
  5. This step is optional. If you have excess scrapbook paper on the sides of your clothespins you can shave it off with sandpaper.

Decorated clothespins can be used to hang onesies at a baby shower, lingerie at a Bachelorette Party or shower, food menu cards, the possibilities are endless. In fact, I used the same clothespins from Jayde’s shower to hang my Christmas Cards last December:

Also, I recently saw these fancy clothespins used for gift wrapping and to hang pictures:

View the full tutorial for these flower clothespins at Creature Comforts.

DIY Baby Shower Gift

I found my new go-to baby shower gift and it’s all about presentation. I have been told babies can never have enough socks and wash rags but that’s just so PRACTICAL and dare I say it, boring. Unless, of course, they are disguised as…

CUPCAKES!
Cute right? Well guess what? They’re easy to make too. Here’s what you need:
  • Baby socks
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Twine (rubber bands work too)
  • Baby washcloths

And here’s what you do:

1. Fold a washcloth in half, hot dog style.
2. Fold the washcloth in half again.
3. Take one baby sock (not the pair, just one) and stick your finger through the top of it to bunch it a little.
4. Lay the sock on your washcloth and begin rolling.
5. Once you have rolled the sock completely in the washcloth, repeat steps 1-5 with two more washcloths. One “cupcake” needs three washcloths.
6. Tie your twine around the final washcloth to hold it in place.


And there you have it! Plain old boring socks and washcloths turned into dessert! I was able to make six cupcakes since I bought three pairs of socks and presented them in a cupcake box to top it off. There’s a tutorial at Martha Stewart Weddings if you want to make your own “treat” box. Trust me, your mommas-to-be will LOVE it!

DIY No-Sew Pacifier Clips

I made these pacifier clips after seeing them on Pinterest but there was not a tutorial so I thought I’d share how I made mine.

 

Materials Needed:

  • Suspender/Mitten Clips (I actually used Ironing Board Clips I found at Jo Ann’s because they were cheaper than buying multiple packages of individual suspender clips.)
  • Velcro tape
  • Glue gun/ glue sticks (or thread/ sewing machine)
  • 12-inch long ribbon (as many as you want for however many clips you want to make)
  • Optional: beads, lace, twine or anything else you want to use to dress up your clips.
First of all, I’m no seamstress. I don’t even know how to put the thread in a sewing machine, much less actually sew. I used hot glue for this project and they turned out fine. If you want to sew these, more power to you!
Instructions:
1. If you bought the Ironing Board Clips like I did, you will need to cut the elastic off of the clips. If you bought individual suspender clips, you can skip this step. 
2. String about an inch of your ribbon through the loop at the top of the suspender clip. Make sure the ribbon is facing the correct direction if it has a back side (the front of the ribbon will face the same direction as the front of the suspender clip).
3. Glue (or sew) your ribbon together to secure the suspender clip onto the ribbon.
4. Cut square pieces of velcro. Secure the velcro about one inch apart on the back side of the ribbon, on the opposite end of the ribbon from the suspender clip. This is where the pacifier will attach. Since the velcro is sticky it will remain secure but you can reinforce by sewing if you want. I did not reinforce with hot glue because it would have shown through many of the ribbons I had chosen.
If you want to attach a pacifier, it helps complete the presentation. For those babies that do not use a pacifier, these come in handy for attaching teething rings or toys too.
If you’re a mom, you know the suspender clip attaches to the baby’s outfit and the velcro is used to attach the pacifier but for those of you who did not know, there you go. My husband and brother saw these and thought they were garter belt clips. Yep. 
Another thought: these would be fun to make as a craft at a baby shower! These clips were obviously made for a baby girl but you can use the same tutorial to make baby boy pacifier clips and just use more masculine ribbon instead. Masculine ribbon sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it?
Side note: You’ll notice I did not use beads on these particular pacifier clips but depending on the ribbon you choose, the embellishment possibilities are endless. I made the tulle clip by stringing the tulle through the suspender clip three times and securing with hot glue. I then used twine to tie around the middle twice and a bow at the top.