So you got invited to a diaper shower huh? If you’re not a female over the age of 25 you probably don’t know what the heck a diaper shower is. And that’s ok! My husband finally just kept calling it, “that thing you’re going to.” So let me explain. Not to make you feel stupid but diaper showers are pretty much exactly what they sound like; you shower a person with diapers. The reason it’s not a baby shower is most likely because someone else is already throwing one of those for the mom-to-be so they’re diversifying or it’s not their first child and have the baby necessities. So, there goes the element of surprise with, “what could this gift be!?” If we can’t have that, why not have, “OMG! How cute!” Yes, that can be the reaction with diapers and wipes, I assure you 🙂
In the case of the diaper shower I was attending, it was three pregnant mammas, one shower. Lucky for you, that means you get three cute diaper wrapping examples! For the mamma expecting her first baby girl, a ballerina. For the two mammas expecting boys, a police car and submarine! But I’ll tell you right now, the possibilities are endless!
So, let’s get going! First off, obviously you’ll need your diapers and wipes. I know, it’s diapers and wipes, how hard could it be? But trust me, read these few tips before purchasing:
- If you’re able, I think it’s always polite to ask if there is a brand they prefer. If they’re a second time mom, they most likely have a preference.
- Get a gift receipt! I know it’s only diapers and wipes but per tip #1, if you don’t know what brand they prefer or if they find out this baby has sensitivities to the brand you got they can swap them out. Also, if they have a surplus of the size you gave them, they can easily exchange for another one.
- Think ahead to your creative gift wrapping project! What are you going to create? What shapes would work best together? Try balancing things on top of each other and building it there in the aisle (believe me, most of the people in diaper aisles are sleep deprived moms who have seen things way weirder and are just happy to be out of the house).
what you’ll need
So, you have your diapers and wipes. Next, you’ll want to collect your crafting items. I encourage you to raid your craft/gift wrapping closet (I even raided my garage stash) before buying anything. It’s amazing what you can create before having to make another trip to the craft store (granted never hard to get me there in the first place…) You’ll DEFINITELY need the following:
- Some sort of wrapping paper – in my case, I chose to stick with what I had on hand which was my trusty builders paper and collection of spray paints. If you have wrapping papers that would work for leotards, police car colors, etc then you’re all set!
- Construction paper. Another tip, if you don’t have the color you need – print it! I didn’t have red on hand for my police car so I just used a piece of white paper and printed a big red rectangle on it.
- Hot glue gun
- Double-sided tape (I didn’t use double-sided and regretted it!)
- For the ballerina: fabric and/or tissue paper and paint/sharpie
Now let’s get specific. As you may have imagined, this little lady took longer to get ready than the boy gifts…typical female 😉
First you’ll want to cover the diapers in whatever color you’re wanting the leotard to be. I used builders paper and spray painted it pink.
Then, cut a strip of fabric that is wide enough to fold over once (so there aren’t frayed edges on the end) and long enough to wrap around her waist. You could do the same with tissue paper and just be sure to use double-sided tape rather than hot glue when adhering to the body.
Using hot glue, adhere the skirt to the body of your ballerina. NOTE: see that ugly tape mark on the top? That’s because I didn’t use double-sided tape. USE IT!
I was able to tuck the little bit of overlap into the other side on the back so there was no gap.
If you want to finish off your tutu a bit, find a little piece of ribbon (this is actually gift wrapping ribbon!) and glue around the top edge – just using small dabs of glue here and there versus a thin line. To make the little bow, just cut a separate piece of ribbon, fold into a circle, secure ends with a dab of glue and then just smoosh in the middle to create this bow effect.
For the ballerina slippers, cut a couple of ovals to a proportionate size for your ballerina body. Use markers, paint or fabric to make the toes pink and criss cross for the laces. Mine were a combo of paint for the toes and the same gift wrapping ribbon for the laces.
Hot glue to the bottom of the ballerina’s body but make sure they peek out enough to see how cute they are!
Almost there! Can’t forget her bun! Every ballerina needs a bun!! Using some yellow tissue paper, crumple some into a ball and then cover with another piece like the picture below. I left some “flurries” popping out at the bottom. Secure with a ribbon – I even added a little extra bling with a pink gem I had in my stash. Hot glue to the top of the head.
A sharpie and some paint completes this beauty’s face. I can’t take credit for this face design! I stole it from a super cute handmade canvas bag a friend did for my little girl. Isn’t it the perfect girly face?
Hot glue the head to the ballerina body – be liberal, making sure it doesn’t wiggle much.
There she is! And think of all the possibilities. You could easily turn this ballerina into a princess, fairy or even make it look like her momma!
Is it a little boy your friend is having? Lucky you because these next ones are SO SIMPLE! You just can’t go wrong with a little police car (easily adaptable into a fire truck!)
First up, wrap your diapers in black paper or your neutral and spray paint black. TIP: For the ones that were going to have the “end” facing front, I chose to add a paper to cover the front end so it would be smooth and not have the triangle there from my gift wrapping.
Next, find a picture of your city’s police logo to make your very own customized emblem. Use hot glue along the edges to secure.
For the lights, cover your diapers with tin foil (or white paper could work too!) and add the red and blue stripes. Hot glue the lights to the front end of the car (it’s almost done!)
Cut two circles of either yellow, white or even your tin foil for the lights.
And there it is! Ready for action.
Feeling more like going under the sea for that mom-to-be? How about a little submarine?
Cut out 6 circles in your preferred color and put 3 on either side of the diapers.
Find either a toilet paper roll or roll up a piece of construction paper into a cylinder. I felt like this guy needed a little window up top so I cut out an additional circle and hot glued to the top. Assemble and hot glue so it’s nice and sturdy and there is your little submarine!
Be the next to bring a bit of surprise to the diaper shower – the possibilities are endless!