by Tammy Taylor~
RancherMan & I have dear friends that are expecting a baby soon. I was beyond disappointed when I found out her baby shower was on a day that RancherMan & I had unchangeable plans. We always have a pretty tight schedule but typically we can tweak something a few hours or even a day or so and work in things that come up, but not this time.
But I just couldn’t let this joyous occasion pass without our showing of love & excitement to them about their new baby. Now I’m terrible at gift giving – I stress about what someone needs, what they want, or perhaps what they’ve already got so as not to duplicate. Some people are really good at gift giving but not this girl right here. To me it’s very, very STRESSFUL! Then I remembered what my mama always told me – “Presentation is half the gift”. EUREKA – I know what I want to give them, I decided to make a diaper wreath.
Now I initially saw this idea on my Facebook newsfeed from Behind the After and thought her version turned out really cute (you can see hers here) So RancherMan & I went shopping. We bought an 18″ wreath frame at Wal-Mart – it was only a couple of bucks. Then I bought a 48-pack of newborn diapers, some baby girl socks, a tiny bottle, a pacifier, some travel-sized baby products, a cute headband, some baby washcloths and a soft plush teddy bear. I also bought some ribbon and some tiny super-stretchy hair elastics to use to attach everything together. Now I’m ready to begin assembling my wreath.
I rolled each diaper tight starting at the top of the diaper and rolling toward the fold. I affixed one of the tiny white elastic hair bands around each diaper to make a diaper roll.
When I had rolled up around 40 diapers I started tying them to the frame with pink curly ribbon. I simply wrapped the ribbon tightly around the bottom 1/3 of the diaper and looped the ribbon around the middle wire on my wreath frame, then on to the next diaper until they were all securely tied on.
After all the diapers were anchored to the frame I was ready to start attaching the baby products I’d bought. I laid them out first around the wreath, spacing them evenly apart until I was happy with the layout. Then the items were all anchored with the same type of super-stretchy white hair bands I’d used with the diapers.
At the end I wove more pink ribbon loosely throughout the wreath just to give it a little more PINK. I didn’t use all the diapers in the package I bought so I wrapped up the remaining loose diapers with some tissue paper and ribbon to give them as well. New parents can NEVER have enough diapers!
I think it turned out super cute! And you can customize this gift for either boy or girl if you want. So many options! Now my mama will be so proud, a decorative (yet useful) gift presented beautifully! See mom, I really did listen to you while I was growing up. LOL