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I can’t really say that it’s “that time of year,” because babies are born all year round, but, in the last few weeks I have been invited to four..I repeat, FOUR baby showers. That’s a lot of babies. So…it must be that time of year, right?
Anyhow, I had to come up with a few baby gifts to take to all of these baby showers.
I racked my brain to come up with the perfect gift…not for long though, because isn’t it obvious what every mommy of a baby needs?! DIAPERS.
Babies go through a lot of diapers.
I could have taken a box or package of diapers as a gift and it would have been fine, but hello?! This was an excuse for me to pull out my creative side and the hot glue gun and have some fun. I never let the opportunity go. So here is what I came up with….
A Diaper Hot Air Balloon.
It was so fun and easy to make….well, the perfectionist in me came out, so it took me a little longer to make because I kept redoing certain parts. But you can whip it up in a jiffy using this tutorial.
First, I ran out to Sam’s Club to get Huggies Snug & Dry diapers. I bought them from Sam’s Club because, in case you didn’t hear what I mentioned earlier – I had FOUR of these hot air balloons to make. I need bulk! And Sam’s Club is the perfect place to buy in bulk. Plus, because I am a member, I saved over $10 when I bought Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers. Awesome-sauce. Also to save you even more money, grab this $7 coupon to use at Sam’s Club too!
I learned from my first baby’s baby shower that buying newborn diapers is a waste because they are only in them for a little while. So, lesson learned….I plan ahead for the mom’s to be. I buy bigger sizes. For this project, I got size 4 Huggies Snug & Dry (because I LOVE Huggies and both of my kids LOVE Huggies).
I think the thing I love most about Huggies Snug & Dry is how roomie they are. The flaps are a little longer and stretch further in the front and they are squishy and comfy…not stiff like other brands. And they last up to 12 hours of protection- which is great because my baby sleeps 12 hours every night, so we never have blowouts. In case you are wondering which ones I am talking about:
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Now, onto how I made this diaper hot air balloon….
- After getting the Huggies Snug & Dry diapers home. I unpackaged them and started rolling them up. I started from the end that opens and worked into the crease. Then I put one of my daughter’s hair ties around it because it was an itty bitty rubber band type thing.
- After securing the rubber band around the rolled up diaper, I used ribbon to tie a bow around the diaper. This step is unnecessary, but I wanted an added little touch to it, so I added it. I needed 12 diapers per hot air balloon, but you may need more or less depending on the dimensions of your hot air balloon “basket.”
- For the balloon’s basket, I used a 4×4″ box…just one I had lying around. It was only 2″ deep. I then used a hot glue gun to glue the diapers around the box. So basically, I covered the outside of the box so you can only see diapers. For those dimensions, I used a hot glue gun to glue three diapers on each side of the box making a total of 12 diapers all the way around the box.
- I added ribbon, using the hot glue gun, all the way around the diapers and box (make sure to center it) so it looked nice.
- The ribbon I bought actually came with a cute, already made bow on the package, so I used that in the center of the front of the hot air balloon. You could always use the ribbon to tie a bow or not add a bow at all. Either way, it will still look cute.
- Now it’s time to assemble the balloon. I used four kabob sticks (used for grilling) to make my “rope” attaching the basket to the balloon. I just stuck the kabob sticks (point down) into the four corners of the basket. Kind of in between the diaper on the corner and the basket so it will hold. I didn’t use glue because I just stuck it in and it held.
- Now you have four sticks coming out of the basket and it’s time to add the hot air balloon. I used a Chinese/Japenese party lantern for the hot air balloon. You can get any color depending on the gender of the baby or the color theme you want to go with. I used pink for this tutorial because one of the baby shower’s was for a baby girl.
- Now it’s time to attach the balloon to the four kabob sticks. This was the most difficult part of the whole project. I used a sharpened pencil to “eye” it and mark where the hole needed to go. The Chinese lanterns have wire going around and around all the way to the top of the lantern inside of it. Try to get your pencil hole in between the first and second round about nearest the bottom.
- Then I used the pencil to poke through the lantern and make a little hole. I then stuck the kabob sticks through the holes and secured the lantern.
- I also added a little banner to the balloon for a cute little touch. That isn’t necessary, but it certainly is cute!
All I did was take three different pastel colored scrapbook paper that matched my color scheme. Again, you can pick any color scheme you want to do for your hot air balloon. Then I cut triangles out of the scrapbook paper.
- Next I used my paper cutter to cut two little slits into each triangle flag. Make sure the slits are little and don’t go to the edge, otherwise that triangle will be unusable because the string will not thread through.
- Once I had my slits, I used a sewing needle and threaded white string through it. Then I went through each slit on each flag to make a little banner.
And whalaaaa! You have an adorable baby shower gift!
I also wanted to add a little frame and quote to go with this gift. I like the quote “dream big little one” so I made up this cute picture:
Trust me, this gift will be a hit!
Have fun making it and I would love to hear how it turned out!