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Baby Shower Centerpieces: DIY Florals and More
When you're decorating for a baby shower, centerpieces help set the mood. Floral centerpieces are beautiful, but can be expensive. As an alternative, why not make your own DIY baby shower centerpieces instead? Here are a few of our faves.
DIY Diaper Cakes: Rather than spend your entire decorating budget on flowers, invest in something every new mom needs: diapers. Diaper cakes can be as pretty as floral centerpieces, and they're easier to make than you might imagine. It's even possible to create a diaper cake that matches your baby shower theme -- all it takes is some coordinating ribbon. Not feeling brave enough to make your own diaper cake baby shower centerpiece? Just buy a kit.
Baby Sock Bouquet: Guests will marvel at an adorable baby sock "rose" bouquet. These creative and practical baby shower centerpieces cost less than $20 to make. You'll need six pairs of socks to make a dozen "roses," wire and a lot of florist tape. For easy step-by-step instructions, check out this tutorial. Display your "flowers" in a tall glass vase. For added realism, purchase some inexpensive greens and baby's breath at a local florist shop or nursery.
Seasonal Centerpieces: Coordinate your baby shower centerpieces with the season. If you're throwing a baby shower in December, make a homemade gingerbread house. In the springtime, consider marshmallow peeps. Get inspiration from this adorable bunny-themed centerpiece or this yellow chick Peeps cake.
Candy Shop Creations: Candy bouquets are inexpensive baby shower centerpieces suitable for both boys and girls. And, with a flower pot and some foam, they're easy to make. Our favorite candy bouquets combine lollipops and artificial flowers -- since these centerpieces will look good even after the guests start snacking. For step-by-step instructions on creating a silk flower and lollipop baby shower bouquet, click here.
Go Fish: Fishbowls make whimsical baby shower centerpieces. Fill a glass fishbowl with decorative marbles or colorful glass stones and float rubber duckies in the water in a playful nod towards baby's bath time. Another elegant option is to purchase floating candles.
Fruit Bouquets: The fruit bouquet is the ideal edible baby shower centerpiece. Make "flowers" out of pineapple, melon, grapes and strawberries. Garnish with some parsley "leaves" and serve alongside a delicious yogurt dip or a decadent chocolate fondue fountain. It's time consuming to carve the pineapple, and you'll need a good knife, but these step-by-step instructions make the job much easier.
Balloon Trees: Make a statement with a balloon tree baby shower centerpiece. Balloons are inexpensive and can be easily matched to any baby shower theme. These centerpieces will look like they took hours, but, as you can see from this step-by-step video, they're actually quite easy to make.
Mirror Centerpieces: For an elegant baby shower centerpiece, combine mirrors, flower petals and votive candles. While you frequently see these centerpieces at weddings, they also make a lovely fit for a feminine baby shower.
Baby Blocks Centerpiece: Feeling artistic? With some paint and creativity, you can make your own wooden block-themed baby shower centerpiece. Click here for detailed instructions.
Little Red Wagon: Purchase a miniature red wagon for an adorable baby shower centerpiece that's also a considerate gift. Pile the red wagon with small stuffed animals, blocks, teething rings, pacifiers and baby toys.
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