Gift Ideas for Baby Showers
Baby showers are a fun way to celebrate the imminent arrival of a new bundle of joy. They also help get the couple started with some of the equipment necessary for taking care of an infant.
Pregnancy is an emotional time for first-time parents-to-be. A creative handmade gift for the mommy-to-be would be a thoughtful way to say, “I care about you.” You might want to try your hand at some of the projects in this chapter and pair a homemade gift with a practical gift (such as a box of diapers, baby booties, blankets, and so on).
Angels from Heaven
Edna Rumbold of Kempton, Pennsylvania, makes these lovely little angels to sell in her gift shop, D.E.A.R. Creations. They're easy to make and would be a perfect favor for a baby shower.
Time frame: One to two hours
Level: Moderately easy
What you need:
- Two-inch clay pots
- Pink and blue craft paints
- Clear acrylic finish spray
- Glue gun
- Wooden doll heads (You can buy bags of these in a craft store with or without painted faces.)
- Spanish moss
- Fine-tipped black marker
- Pink stencil paint
- Pink stencil brush
- Eight-inch piece of lightweight wire
- Gold foil ribbon
- Tacky glue
- Natural color raffia
- Pink and blue satin ribbon
- Paint the clay pots blue and pink and allow them to dry. Spray the pots with clear acrylic finish spray and allow this to dry.
- Using a glue gun, glue the wooden doll heads onto the bottoms of the painted clay pots. The upside-down pot forms the body of the angel.
- Glue clumps of Spanish moss onto the top of the heads with a glue gun to form hair. If your heads don't have facial features, make two eyes and a mouth on them with a fine-tipped black marker. Use two smudges of pink stencil paint to make rosy cheeks.
- Make circles out of the wire pieces to form halos that are 11⁄2 inches in diameter. Leave the remaining six-inch tail of wire on each halo to twist around the raffia wings. Glue the gold ribbon onto the wire circles and the upper two inches of the tails with tacky glue. You should have wire circles with six-inch tails and the circles, and a two-inch length of wire should be covered with gold ribbon.
- Form the raffia into thick bows (wings) and wire them together with the uncovered ends of the halo wire. Glue the raffia wings onto the back of each angel with a glue gun. The halos should protrude from the back of the heads.
- Make small bows from the blue or pink ribbon, and glue them onto the front of the angels at the neck. Glue lace on the bottom of the angel bodies.
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