DIY Baby Shower Decor On a Budget

One of my best friends is pregnant! Yes very exciting news, but that means a baby shower. NO PRESSURE.

Planning a baby shower can be a lot especially on a budget!  But when you pool together your resource, you can do a Pinterest inspired shower on the cheap.  It will take some extra elbow grease and some creative skills, but you can do it.

Here are some of the ways we pulled together our friend’s shower on a limited budget:

FullSizeRender (1)1. Onesie Banner- We Used tissues paper tassels, some basic white onesies and paper to create this banner that we hung over the food table.
Total Cost: $7.00 (most of which was the onsies).
Bonus: You can give the mom to be the onesies to take home as part of her gift.

FullSizeRender (2)2.  Use paper, kabob skewers and tape to add some festive theming to flower arrangements.
Total Cost: $1.00 for paper.

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3. Use an existing photo frame and some sharpies to create a fun activity. Here we had guests write funny messages on the diapers to give the new mommy a laugh in the wee-hour diaper changes.
Total Cost: $20.00 for the diapers.
Bonus: The mom to be can take the diapers home as part of her gift.

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4. Use paper and string to cut out your own pendant banner to add some festive flair to any wall or table.
Total Cost: $3.00 for paper and string.

Other helpful hints when doing themed parties:

  • Use all white platters, they will match any theme, or a Nora Fleming Platter.
  • Colored napkins, cups and straws add festive colors to any party for a low price most colors can be found at the dollar store.
  • Using food as a favor option (popcorn or chocolate covered pretzel rods, like above) give a handmade flair on the cheap.

What budget party planning tips do you have?  Share them in the comments below.

Quick Tip: Present Drawer

 

Ding Dong! Its your neighbor from down the street that you never expected to get a christmas gift from. Don’t panic! You are prepared for this! You have a present drawer!

What is a present drawer you ask? It is a drawer in my craft closet where I keep “extra” presents so I never get caught without a gift for that unexpected neighbor, co-worker, or friend during the holiday season.

It is filled with a variety of things I found on sale or at a good deal and even some items I was given that I won’t use and someone else might love. Some good things to have on hand are:

Candles
Shea Socks
itunes Gift Cards
Room Spray
Lotion
Restaurant Gift Cards
Lowes Gift Card
Christmas Ornaments
A cook book
Fun baking items or Christmas cooking utensils
Small kitchen gadget
If you have kids it is also helpful to throw in some “kid friendly” items for that last minute birthday invite. You can also tuck in some greeting cards for different occasions for easy access.

During the holidays it is smart to have a few of these standby gifts pre-wrapped under your tree, just in case or keep bags and tissue paper close to you present drawer for quick wrapping!

This drawer is endlessly handy for me! I have pulled things out for housewarming parties, last minutes birthday parties, anniversaries I forgot, cheer up gifts, and so much more. Keeps me looking like a thoughtful rockstar!

Do you have a present drawer? If so, what do you keep in stock? If not…go make one!

REVIEW: Command Strips by 3M

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I decided to use Command Picture Hanging Strips by 3M to install most of my Gallery Wall Project, the few exceptions are the stone pieces and the shelving.  I wanted something easy to change out so that I can swap out the photos whenever the whim strikes me.  Also, confession time, I wanted something easy to hang, because all of my frames had different hanging mechanisms and getting them level was becoming a nightmare (I figured this out 6 holes in my wall later).

Overall Rating: Winner!

I am truly happy with the results if this product, they do exactly what they claim to do and were super easy to install.

Instructions: I followed the instructions to the letter, and I recommend you do too.  They were very clear and easy to follow.

Installation: A breeze!  Holding the level on the photos and pressing on the tabs is defiantly a two man job, but installation was as simple as sticking a piece of tape to the wall.

Tips: Don’t skip sets, especially cleaning the wall and frames with alcohol (Your wall paint may change colors for a minute when you wipe it down with the alcohol, but mine bounced back once it dried).  Speaking of drying, make sure to let the wall and the frames dry completely before putting on the strips.

When placing the strips on the frame, cheat the strips closer to the inside of the frame versus the outer edge, this will help make sure you can’t see the strip once it is on the wall.

The instructions also require that you remove the photos from the wall once installed for about an hour, but I recommend waiting over night just to make sure everything has cured properly.

Last tip, Use four strips per frame as I read reviews online that stated if you use only two the frame’s weight can eventually cause it to slide down the strip and fall off the wall.

Pricing: $$  One package does about 3 frames when you go with the four strip method and it runs about $6.00 per package.  Doing the whole wall got up there in price when a pack of nails that costs less than one package of hanging strips could do the same job, but for my purposes and the convenience, I rate it as totally worth it.

Continued Use:  It has been a few weeks since the first photos went up on the wall, so I will keep you posted on how these hold up, but so far they are all still firmly on the wall.

Have you ever used Command Strips from 3M?  If so, what did you think?  What did you hang up?  Share your project below or with #vintageDIY.  

FTC: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.