I have a love for creating baby gifts out of practical items that every mother can use. I have made items for craft shows and private parties, along with numerous personal parties for friends and family. I don’t make a lot of money doing this, but it’s a fun escape from the craziness of mothering 3 little ones.
Recently, I have had a few people contact me for tips on putting together cakes and other baby goodies in original ways and I would love to share them with you. The prices of most of the diaper cakes on the internet are ridiculous so if you are even the slightest bit crafty, you can absolutely make a fun, practical gift yourself for a fraction of the cost. I am no professional designer, obviously, but I truly believe you can tell when someone’s heart goes into a project and that means a lot to people in this age of generic gift giving! So, please feel free to use/tweak my ideas for your personal use and share pictures with me if you are inspired to create something magical!
“sushi” made from layette items, diapers and washcloths
“sub” made from blankets, diapers, washcloths and socks
“lollipops” and “candy”
fuzzy sock “cupcakes” (or “ice cream” if you add a spoon to the package) for the mommy
If the personal tastes are of the non-edible nature (such as flowers or shoes), you can try to create something in that genre too. I’ve always wanted to try to make a diaper jewelry set, just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
flowers made from a layette set
baby bootie made from diapers
silly items included in the diaper changing kit (goggles, gloves, mask, tongs, diaper, wipes, powder, hand sanitizer, and diaper bag)
all wrapped up with a cute poem (if you are interested in the wording of the poem, send me a message and I will get it to you)
twin “generic” cakes
everything is held together by hidden rubber bands, ribbon/tulle, and diaper pins!
The good news is that a lot of the items that you will want to include can be hidden within the layers of the cake (onesies rolled up just like the diapers; fork/spoon sets pressed into the center of a diaper and hidden with a nice pair of scratch mittens; the top of a bottle covered in a cute skull-cap, stuffed animal, or bath mitten, etc.). When it comes to decorating, less is more; just remember to add a tag listing all of your ingredients so the recipient knows everything that is included!
plenty of hidden treasures, but in a subtle way
I hope these little tips and pictures will come in handy and I hope you are inspired to make your own fun baby creation. It seems to always be baby season these days, no matter who you are, so it’s fun to mix things up for each shower you are invited to attend! If I can help with any specific questions that I haven’t answered here, feel free to ask!