I'm looking for DIY baby present ideas :)

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My best friend is having a baby!! I'm so excited and I'd love to make some DIY baby presents- I was thinking of making a mobile or the like but I'm really up for any ideas ( and instructions please). Preferably nothing with too much advanced skills necessary.
Thank you for your help!
q i m looking for diy baby present ideas, bedroom ideas
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  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Dec 19, 2016
    Hi Hillela!!!

    You could make a night light (mom will need it for late night feedings) and personalize it with their colors, and maybe a saying they love

    http://www.hometalk.com/24498990/easy-light-up-canvas-art

    If you want it easier you could make one with and mod podge on a collage of pictures... scroll through this one and you'll see what I made for my kid's room... (super easy)

    http://www.hometalk.com/13403204/light-up-canvas-art
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Dec 19, 2016
    How about some small stuffed toys that can be thrown in washer? Get pre-printed material at Wal-Mart All you have to do is cut it out, sew it up and stuff. I had several for my daughter. She had one favorite, a blue teddy with pink 'paws' and bow tie. I found it in a thrift shop and I'm not sure it made it that many years. I had seen them in the late 60's. Lot's of free patterns for diaper bags, changing pads, etc on allfreesewing.com They can be searched for different projects. Flannel squares can be edged with blanket binding to make small blankets. Terry cloth can be made into hooded towels.
  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Dec 19, 2016
    I thought of a mobile for you Hillela... I'll try to describe so you can visualize...

    1. Buy a wreath form and plan to hang it like this project here... http://www.hometalk.com/14517871/hanging-floral-chandelier-diy

    2. Using ribbon, yarn, etc to match their baby room colors hang different cookie cutters from the wreath - hearts, moon, stars, animals, etc You could paint them if you want in the baby room colors or leave them shiny silver/cooper, etc.

    3. Wrap the wreath form in a circle going around the dangling ribbons with a soft scarf or fabric in the baby room colors.

    4. Optional - you could glue a strand of battery operated lights in the wreath form before you wrap it with the scarf - so they could turn on the lights if they wanted.

    5. Optional - Attach a wind up music box mechanism - they can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_18?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-
    keywords=wind+up+music+box+mechanism&sprefix=wind+up+music+box+%2Caps%2C172&crid=YX1GY96C6NNP

    Oh I want to make one now... but I don't have babies anymore

  • C Crow C Crow on Dec 19, 2016
    One thing I've done in past is purchase a mobile photo holder* and some bright patterned fabric fat-quarters (think geometric patterns, stripes, circles...). Then cut fabric into different simple geometric shapes and stitch two like shapes together and stuff lightly (I just top stitched, then pinked the edges). Mine were triangles, squares, circles... These can then be clipped to the mobile form. Just clip the center of one side of the shape so that baby sees the full shape once you hang it. These can be changed out easily. Don't know why I never took a picture of these, but its easy to do and because of the clips on the mobile you can change out shapes easily. This mobile moves easily by itself. You can also stitch some of those little stuffed fabric birds** to add to or substitute for shapes.


  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Dec 19, 2016
    I made a diaper wreath for my two granddaughters that had babies in October. They were a hit.. just type in on search.
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    • Ah, so true! By the second or third kid moms relax a bit as they now have some experience under their belt. Bet we all have stories to share about that! 😃
  • My standard add on gift is always a piggy bank and I toss in a few quarters, dimes, nickles and pennies. Lots of the ceramic party places - Color Me Mine - and others will have plain white banks and you get to pretty them up. Also not expensive. My other go to is Homegoods - my local store has a great baby section. Love baby stuff, will try and find something else for you. So far you have a few great suggestions!
  • Om Pinterest I typed in: "DIY Baby Gift" and a ton of easy stuff popped up. So many cute and creative ideas out there. I am sure you can find something. If you still have your heart set on making a mobile, there were a few of those too! Have fun with it!
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    • Oh that is a brilliant idea! Great suggestion. Do you have a picture you can post to use as a guide along with your instructions? Love all you extremely creative people, such a smart bunch. ☺
  • Eve Eve on Dec 20, 2016
    Make up a surprise gift basket for mom too. Wrap up several small presents like scarf, jewelry, hand cream etc that she can open up on days she's tired and needs a lift. It doesn't have to be expensive items.
  • Renata Renata on Dec 20, 2016
    OMGosh, I made a Diaper Ring for a friends BB shower. It turned out soooo cute. I got the directions right from Home Talk: search DIY Diaper Wreath Tutorial
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    • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 05, 2017
      These are such good ideas, thank you!!!
  • Heike C O'Day Heike C O'Day on Dec 20, 2016
    I've been making NURSING COVERS. Search pinterest. These are super easy to make and so far my friends have LOVED them!
  • Ok, another idea - blast from the past - remember the padded photo albums that were all the rage some 30 years ago or so? You younger ones may not remember. I will go try to dig one of my old ones out and post under separate cover. I made hundreds of them, wedding showers, baby showers, vacay photos, guest books. Way before cell phones were common. Wish I had pics of them, some were really works of art. I made 2 for one of my friends, one to place all the baby shower cards they received along with the birth announcement and one for pictures.
  • Noreen Hess Noreen Hess on Dec 21, 2016
    Buy a large glass jar with chalkboard label on front (write baby name) and fill
    with baby detergent for washing their clothes. Then tie rattles, binkys etc. around lid. Really is a favorite of mine.

  • DarWat DarWat on Dec 21, 2016
    My go to baby gift is burp pads made from cloth diapers. Using a straight stitch, sew a strip of pretty fabric and some ribbon to one side. Sometimes I will embroidery baby's name, etc. These are so easy to make that you can give several as a gift. The mommies always tell me how much usage they get from these little cloths.
  • Elaine Bolen Elaine Bolen on Dec 21, 2016
    Easy Project: Buy Onesies, wash without fabric softener. Then purchase fabric paints and cookie cutters in baby patterns - bottles, hand and footprints, etc. Smooth out onesies and poor paint on a paper plate. Dip cookie cutters in and stamp all over the onesie. You can make dozens with just one purchase of paint and cutters - change colors and arrangements and each time you are giving an original creation! Good luck!

  • Tina Livingston Tina Livingston on Dec 22, 2016
    Make a diaper 3 wheeler or cake and decorate it with items that can be used like rattles-teething rings-wash cloths-towels-pacifiers-swaddling blankets-etc
  • Tiffani Taylor Tiffani Taylor on Dec 22, 2016
    I usually make an "essentials" basket. I grab things like baby hangers, towels, wash cloths, towels, dreft or unscented detergent, and load it all into a small laundry basket. For "fluff", I make no-sew fleece blankets(which are awesome all on their own)

    For good friends, I'll add in diapers and wipes, as well as other odds and ends that I recall not getting at my showers, like nail clippers, baby brush/comb set(my kids had LOTS of hair), thermometers, etc... I always stick with a color or theme to make it more presentable.
  • RichandTammy Whiteside RichandTammy Whiteside on Dec 23, 2016
    You could also make what looks like a tiered cake out of little baby blankets, wash cloths, towels, etc. They're absolutely adorable and usable! I don't have a sample of a baby cake but this is what I made for a friend:
  • J. Allen J. Allen on Dec 23, 2016
    Baby bandanas, drooling bibs. So easy to make and they look so cool on the baby. My daughter uses them all the time for her babies and she loves them. Just google 'diy baby bandanas'. You can use an old towel but make sure it's not too thick. You can make a bunch of them fairly quickly.

  • Miller Miller on Dec 23, 2016
    You can buy stretch beading cord and string blue or pink beads on it. Tie a square or surgeon's knot in the cord when you're finished, add a drop of super glue, and you're done. You could even make a matching bracelet for mom. Baby length is about 4 inches, mom's should be about 7 inches. There's no clasp so the bracelet just rolls onto the wrist. Instruction details are available on many beading sites.
  • Chilipitine Chilipitine on Dec 25, 2016
    Purchase a ceiling tile from Home Depot or Lowes, they're very inexpensive. You can buy a box if you want to, or....when a school or business replaces them, ask if you can have the old ones. Find an empty old frame that you like and cut the ceiling tile with box cutters so it will fit into the frame like a picture would. Find some cloth/material that goes with the decor of the baby's room, or a pattern the parents like (fire trucks, flowers, whatever). Spray the cut ceiling tile with fabric spray and glue the fabric to the ceiling tile - be sure to get all wrinkles out and pull it snug. Staple to hold in place if necessary. Place in the frame, attach a hanger and voila - a personalized bulletin board. Great gifts for any thing - babies, graduates, house warming. I made one for my house with a very nice free frame and western print material. Inexpensive, quick and easy!
  • Rita Smith Rita Smith on Dec 25, 2016
    Buy 1 yd of 60 inch wide flannel in a bright bold print. Cut the fabric into 2 - 30" wide pieces and hem all around. Perfect size for receiving blankets, they also get used as burp clothes and drag-around blankets, They'll be around for years!

  • L'albero di Sa L'albero di Sa on Dec 27, 2016
    a box of memories
  • Tina Tina on Dec 27, 2016
    I always make my own baby gift and it's always a huge hit with everyone. All you need is a wooden picture frame and some wooden ABC blocks. Make sure the frame is flat and not beveled or curved in any way. If there is any kind of sealant on the frame, just take some sandpaper to roughen it up so that the glue will adhere. Next, glue on the letter blocks to spell out the baby's first name at the top of the frame. I always use Gorilla brand super glue. Be sure to center the name, then use the picture blocks until you have created a "frame" of blocks. I always hand paint the picture side of the blocks, just to add color, but you can certainly leave them natural. You may even be able to find blocks that already have color on the picture side of the block. Once you are done, you will have a personalized frame bordered with, balls, balloons, frogs, cars, trucks, birds, lollipops and whatever else you choose to display on your frame. You can even add the birth year at the bottom of the frame using the number side of the blocks.
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    • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 05, 2017
      I love these ideas THanks!!!
  • Jemma Dee Jemma Dee on Dec 31, 2016
    I used a multi pocketed expanding file to create a place for all of baby's essential records. The outside was decorated with Washi tape and the tabs were labeled with Birth Certificate, Vaccination Records, Doctor visits, etc. The new parents now have a place to keep important papers, milestones and memories of their precious little one. It was a big hit at the baby shower!
  • Gail Gail on Jan 02, 2017
    I often make hooded receiving blankets & larger than those you buy in the packages at stores so small if you cover the feet, head hNgs out & if you cover head, feet hang out. I make them 36" x 36" or 44". They are useful much longer that size.

    Now, the special feature is the hood sewn into kne of the corners. A square of about 6 to 8 inches folded once into a triangle makes a most appreciated hood on the blanket. Machine hem or hem by hand. Trim can also be added to edges as well as little appliques or bows to the hood (don't flat-stitch thru hood & blanket together).

    Along those lines, burp cloths. A pkg of new cloth diapers has 10 usually. Fold it to a good useable size. One one side, put a cute 100% cotton print fabric band across one end stitching diaper & print together in whatever manner you wish. I usually decoratively stitch edges or use extra wide bias tape in complimentary color to leave no open sides for socks etc to get lost in it.

    Both of these gifts are very appreciated by moms.
  • Kcama Kcama on Jan 04, 2017
    A diaper wreath can decorate the room - and be very handy. I just used a double wire wreath frame and tied diapers in alternating directions until it was full - then decorated with rolled booties and socks, etc. Add a pair of scissors to cut off diapers as they're used.
  • Lisa Cain Lisa Cain on Jan 04, 2017
    Hillela, this will be my next baby project (I made this for xmas of course) but will adapt it for a baby. I will put some cute "baby" scrapbook piece of paper in the back of the block. And on the front I will put either the baby's name, or "Shhh...baby is sleeping" or something on that line with vinyl. Then add lights inside. Some lights you can get where they turn on and off right on a switch on the string so you don't even have to plug and unplug. Perfect night light baby gift.
  • Heike C O'Day Heike C O'Day on Jan 05, 2017
    It's really easy and not expensive. Just take about a yrd of fabric (whichever width it comes in), hem the edges, put 'handle' on it (that's what it'll look like; it's the halter that goes around Mom's neck).
    Now, if you want to be a little fancier, you sew elastic into the 'handle', and you can add a different fabric around the edges; and you can add a little pocket in the center towards the top edge to store nursing pads, pacifier, lanolin, ....
    Now, if you want to go all out you'll add something on the top edge in the area between where the handle is attached. That something is something that's a little stiffer and holds the fabric outwards so that Mom can see baby while she's nursing. The easiest way to do that is to cut out the rim from an oatmeal box lid, then cut that into a half ring and sew that into that area.
    here's a pinterest link to all different ideas. Also some stretchy ones you can use as infinity scarf  or as a stretchy cover over the baby carrier/car seat.
    https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=nursing%20cover%20pattern&rs=typed&term_meta[]=nursing%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=cover%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=pattern%7Ctyped
  • RichandTammy Whiteside RichandTammy Whiteside on Jan 07, 2017
    Just saw this on facebook and thought of you!