Friday, October 12, 2012

How to make a diaper wreath

Diaper wreaths are a fun baby shower decoration perfect for hanging on the front door, setting on the fireplace mantle or adorning the gift table.

They’re fairly easy to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

•    A plain wreath from a craft store
•    Diapers (I used about 32 size one diapers)
•    Rubber bands, one per diaper
•    Ribbon, decorations, and baby items

This was my first time making a diaper wreath, and if I ever do it again I’ll choose a thinner wreath that this (I'll explain why in a minute).

You begin by opening up a diaper and wrapping it around the wreath (face the design toward the back).

Gather the top and put a rubber band around it. Rubber-band it tight enough to stay in place but not so tight it might ruin the diaper. (In theory, it would be great if Mom could dismantle the decor and actually use the diapers later on.) If the wreath were thinner then more of the diaper would be sticking out and I think I would have liked it better. It also would have made this part easier.

Do your second diaper the same way, but overlap it with the first to cover up as much of the wreath as possible. Repeat until you’ve covered your entire wreath.

Once your wreath is nice and diapered, the fun part comes next – decorating! I decided to tie pieces of tulle around the wreath in between each diaper to cover the teeny portions of the wreath that were still visible.

Tie ribbons around the tops of the diapers to hide your rubber bands.

Add baby items or whatever else you’d like. Try not to tape anything directly onto the diapers so they don’t get ruined. For example, I cut birds out of scrapbook paper and taped them to the tulle.

I also tied the elephant rattle to the wreath using the tulle, and tied the bibs using ribbon.

And that’s it! Enjoy your work, and happy baby-shower-ing.

Megan Brooks is a Sr. Public Relations Specialist for Texas Health Resources, Stepmom to a 12-year-old and Mom to a 10-month-old.

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