DIY: Wrapped Ribbon Baby Wreath

I’m from the South – the part of the South that makes crazy large Homecoming mum and makes birth/baby wreaths.  Yes, this is a real thing.

Birth or baby wreaths are traditional hung on the hospital delivery door after the baby is born with a plaque or card with the baby’s vital information.  Some new parents transfer the wreath to the front door of their homes to announce that the baby has arrived to the neighborhood.  My mom has made these creative wreaths for her friends’ delivery doors since I was a barely old enough to ask why.  Usually, she would give the wreath to the couple at the hospital.

When my friend announced that she was pregnant, I decided to continue this very Southern tradition in a slightly more modern way – with a wrapped ribbon wreath.

Baby Wreath

Baby Wreath

Materials

  • 1 12 inch straw wreath
  • 2 rolls of 1.5 inch wide solid ribbon (approximately 16 yards)
  • 6 to 8 inch section of 5/8 inch wide patterned ribbon
  • 1 medium-sized wooden letter
  • Hot glue gun with hot glue
  • Yarn (I did not measure the amount of yardage I used, but I would suggest making sure that you have more than you think you need.)

Directions

  1. Wrap the widest ribbon around the wreath and the secure the ends with hot glue.  I was able to wrap the ribbon around the wreath without cutting any of the ribbon.

    A false start to the wreath - one roll of ribbon wrapped around the wreath

    A false start to the wreath – one roll of ribbon wrapped around the wreath

  2. Tightly wrap the yarn around the wooden letter.  This can be difficult – Just wrap as tightly as you can covering as much of the letter as you can.  If you have difficulty wrapping around a curve or an angle, try wrapping the yarn from a different direction and meeting up with your yarn at the present location.

    Tightly wrap the yarn around the letter.  Tigher is better.

    Tightly wrap the yarn around the letter. Tighter is better.

  3. Hot glue the ends of the yarn down. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.
  4. Hot glue the wrapped letter to the wrapped wreath. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.
  5. Hot glue to the ribbon to the wreath at the appropriate area. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.  Let sit overnight to complete dry.

    Now to dry ...

    Now to dry …

  6. Ta-da! One beautiful, Southern baby wreath ready to hang.
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Baby Shower: Milk and Cookies

In January, my friends and I threw a milk and cookies themed baby shower for a dear friend.  Decorations were my main job for the shower.  These are some of the cute things that I had for the shower.

Most of the decorations (the milk carton, cookie/drink flags, cookie labels, and Sweet Baby garland) were bought as printables from Anders Ruff.

A dear friend of mine sewed streamers together to make beautiful and eye-catching decorations.  A tutorial for these streamers is available at My Paper Crane Blog and Creative Baby Shower Ideas.

Crafting: Parade of Elephants Baby Shower

A friend asked me to craft some decorations for an elephant themed baby shower … and this is what I came up with.

Beginning of the parade of elephants

Beginning of the parade of elephants

As a crafter, I always try to link to the exact place that I bought a specific template, fabric, yarn, or the name brand of a product; however, not all bloggers follow this method. After a googling and cursing websites, I went with Plan B – I traced an elephant and made my own template.

This template became the medium parade of elephants, the large parade of elephants, the small elephant mobile, the mother and baby elephant rosette, and an elephant mom to be pin.

Elephant Mobile - Almost too cute to give away

Elephant Mobile – Almost too cute to give away

Mom to Be Pin

Mom to Be Pin

Welcome Baby Rosette for Door or Lamp post

Welcome Baby Rosette for Door or Lamp post

A finished elephant parade garland on my mantle

A finished elephant parade garland on my mantle