Saturday, June 4, 2011

Diaper cakes are awesome their possibilities are endless. I have made diaper cakes with themes of frogs, cowboys, Gamecocks, and this one is the theme of a princess. Mama wanted a tutu somewhere in the shower. Tulle is about as cheap as you can get so I thought why not. If I tell you how cheap I went with this one you'll probably laugh me out of this blog but I have to admit even I out did my own self on the cheapskate scale. So I was trying to find a pedestal to put the diaper cake and I just couldn't find anything so after looking around at everything I started gluing styrofoam cups together. Three high and three bundles all glued together to make a sturdy stand for my circle cut from the side of a box to rest on. I covered the circle in wrapping paper, then glued the tulle to the edges until I had a tutu. I added a little ribbon to hide the imperfections added my diapers and tada a princess diaper cake stand. I think this was my favorite project. (You cant see it in the picture but the top of the cake is the most adorable toy princess crown found at (you guessed it) the dollar store. 
Finish up your table with a table cloth from the dollar store and a strip of wrapping paper going down the center as a table runner.  I have found that it takes 1 whole roll per table unless you cut it down the center like I did then you get 2 tables to a roll.  The candle were made from used baby food jars thanks to my little friend Isla who saved me her empties. I cut out an "a" and modge podged it to the jar then I covered it with a pale pink tissue paper ripped into small pieces. Once dried and lit the "a" shines through the jar. Just make sure that you use a dark color paper to make the letter you want shinning through.  I also did this project for a wedding shower using regular glass candle holders from the dollar store and spelled out "love".  You'll also notice that I added a picture of both mama and daddy to the tables to add a little fun to the tables. Guests loved looking at each table because no two were alike. 

Baby Shower Ideas

Since I was decorating for this shower with practically no money you will see that a majority of the items are made of paper or recycled materials. All of the centerpieces were made with only the cost of tissue paper. Well, I take that back you may have to buy some of the items that I had on hand like wrapping paper and gift bows but I assure you everything that I did have was still only purchased for around a dollar each so you will still be doing extremely well on budget with any of these ideas.  So, I started out with boxes that I brought home from work that had a lid (envelope boxes). I wrapped them with wrapping paper and glued ribbon to look like a gift. I stuffed the bottom with newspaper and covered that with tissue paper to look like an opened gift. Now you can fill them with what ever you want, baby clothes for mom to keep would be cute that was my original intention but the little preggo mama's turned out so cute I had to use them somewhere. Now you may not want to invest the time in them that I did but believe me when I tell you that this was completely therapeutic for me and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you are interested in using this idea just follow same instructions as before by tracing over pictures found online and making a pattern. I glued all my mama's to skewers and arranged them in the boxes. The skewers hold nicely in the packed newspapers. Add more tissue popping up and there you have it, a centerpiece for pennies.  For alternating tables I used smaller boxes with the letters of the baby's name sticking out.
One of the biggest impact the room had was a big piece of wall art made out of wrapping paper, and poster board. The babies name attached to the wall was worth every second it took to make it. I simply cut out the letters of her name on a piece of poster board, cut them out and covered them with wrapping paper. To give it a more sturdy feel I "laminated" each letter with packing tape. Works like a charm.