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Inexpensive DIY Baby Shower Gift

Natalie Initial PictureIt’s the season of babies! Seems like so many people I know are born in the summer months, and this year is no exception.  To help cut down on costs for baby shower gifts, I try to get creative and crafty (and yes, I’m avoiding the word “cheap” here!).  This sweet gift cost less than $10 and the mommy-to-be LOVED it! I paired my DIY baby shower gift with a few necessities, including diapers and wipes.  Trust me, you can’t go wrong with something that says the baby’s name wrapped with something that you can never have enough of.  Here’s the how-to:

Supplies

  1. Wooden letter of the baby’s first name
  2. Scrapbooking letter stickers 
  3. Thin scrapbooking paper (it’s easier to wrap the letter with thinner paper)
  4. Modge Podge
  5. Embellishments (I used colorful flower stickers)
  6. Hot glue gun
  7. Picture frame with glass removed
  8. Scissors
  9. Foam brush
  10. Paper cutter (optional)

Now What?

Initial Picture Cover

Trace and cut out the letter onto the paper of your choice.

Initial Pattern

Use the Modge Podge and a foam brush to glue the paper to the letter.

Initial Wrapping

Start wrapping the paper around the letter, gluing as you go.

Wrapping the Initial Corners

Wrap the corners like you would wrap the corners of a boxed present.

Wrapping the Initial

Covered Initial

It looks so pretty all wrapped up!

Initial Picture Layout

Cut the coordinating papers to fit onto your letter if you’d like.  I wanted the green swirl paper to fit behind the letters, and I happened to have a thin strip of the same paper left over after cutting, so I added it to the left part of the “N” for contrast.  I bought a blue paper to use with this project but decided that it wasn’t needed.  I like to lay out the stickers before adhering them.  I usually get my placement just right and then take a picture, so that when I move everything to start securing it, I can refer back to the picture to see where everything went.

Natalie Initial Picture

Remove the glass from the frame, and cut another pretty sheet of paper to fit the back board of the frame.  Use Modge Podge to glue it down.  Center your letter in the frame.  Use hot glue to secure the letter to the back board.  I was able to get the glass out and back board back in without taking the cardboard packaging on the corners off which made it look all nice and professional! What do you think?

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