Can of Goodies
Collect small mason jars, paint cans or coffee cans. Cover them with decorative paper, such as scrapbook paper, that complements or matches the baby shower theme. Cut the paper to fit the canister, then glue it in place with a glue stick. Fill the jar with matching crinkle paper, then add small favors like soaps, candles or candy. Tie a ribbon around the top of the canister to hold a favor tag in place. Write, print or stamp the baby shower information on the favor tag so the canister doubles as a keepsake for the mom and guests. Use something like "Jim and Jess's Baby Shower—September 18" or a similar phrase.
Make little pins for guests out of small foam shapes and tulle. The shower or nursery theme can give you specific ideas for shapes to choose: footballs, soccer balls and basketballs work for a baby boy or a sports-theme shower; flowers or insects work for a baby girl. Baby booties, bottles or a pea-in-a-pod work for either gender. Use hot glue to secure a pre-cut circle of tulle behind the foam shape for added decoration, then glue a flat-back craft pin to the back of the tulle so your guests can wear the pin. Use hot glue to attach tiny plastic baby to the center of the foam shape. You can wrap a small piece of ribbon around the baby to resemble a diaper. These pins can double as game items or decorations during the shower.
Paint or stamp the baby's monogram or guests' names on ceramic tiles to use as coasters. Decorate the coasters with colors and items to match the shower theme. For a jungle theme, for example, stamp little jungle animals like monkeys, lions, hippos or giraffes. Wrap the coasters in colorful tissue paper, secured with a ribbon. Attach a favor card to the ribbon.
Consider making small gifts relating to a hobby or passion of yours. If you enjoy jewelry making or beading, make each guest a bracelet. Make gel candles with embedded baby charms. Chocolate suckers, candy or cookies can take on the shape of any mold you can find. If you enjoy scrapbooking, put together custom photo albums or brag books.
Celebrating the arrival of a new baby is extremely exciting: for the parents-to-be, their friends, and their families. Throwing a baby shower can be exhausting and expensive, so learning how to craft do-it-yourself decorations will give you peace of mind and also relieve tension on your wallet. With a few cost-effective items and a little imagination, you can put together a party that is sure to impress.
Splash the Tables with Color
The dollar stores usually carry plastic tablecloths in a variety of colors. Choose a pastel color, such as baby pink. Line the ledges of the tables with streamers in contrasting colors. A darker pink or pastel yellow with the baby pink would be visually appealing and add a lot of color.
Stuffed Animal Centerpieces
Purchase several baskets and small stuffed animals from the local dollar store. Arrange the stuffed animals in the basket with front paws and head hanging over the sides. To add some color, pad the bottom of the basket with tissue paper in “baby colors” such as pastel blues, pinks and yellows. Allow some of the paper to extend over the side of the basket. Use these baskets as centerpieces for tables.
Other Table Decorations
Instead of sophisticated napkin rings, use baby keys, pacifiers or beaded bracelets. For the bracelets, use thin elastic and beads spelling out the baby’s name.
Use baby bottles as vases. Fill them with baby's breath, miniature roses or any other small flower that appeals to you.
Place tea light candles in empty baby food jars with labels removed.