Further to my blog post titled “Baby Shower Games & Décor Tips,” this blog post explains how to make the “advice for the parents-to-be” diapers that I made for my sister’s baby shower this past July.
As I was searching for baby shower ideas on Pinterest, I came across an Etsy pin of “advice for the parents-to-be” tags (see link here). I also found other pins suggesting that guests can write notes on real diapers, but my sister had decided to use cloth diapers for her baby, so it wouldn’t have made sense for us to buy a pack of disposable diapers for this purpose. Instead, I decided to make my own diapers from cardstock so guests could write on them to share their parenting wisdom with the new parents-to-be. The great thing about making the diapers on cardstock is that my sister can keep them and reread them while nursing, or she can paste them into a scrapbook as a memento.
I was planning to draw my own diaper template, but time was ticking and I still had lots to do before the shower, so I searched Pinterest for a template. I found a free diaper template from Nappy Cards on Pinterest (see pin here) and inserted the picture into PowerPoint so I could make some modifications.
The first modification I made was changing the color of the diaper to grayscale so I could print it out directly onto the coloured cardstock of my choice. The grayscale makes it easy to distinguish the image when cutting and doesn’t affect the colour much since it’s set to a very light setting.
Then I added a text box to the front of the diaper that said: “Advice for the Parents-to-be.” On the inside of the diaper, I inserted text boxes with lines for guests to share their parental wisdom.
Once I was satisfied with the template, I printed the diapers directly onto different shades of pink cardstock and a few on white. I printed it double-sided so that I would only have to cut out the diapers once and not have to glue the front and back together. It also saved me on paper, which is significant considering I printed forty diapers and a 50-pack of coloured cardstock costs $6.00 from Michaels.
If you would like to use my template to make your own “advice to the parents-to-be” diapers, you can access it here: Advice for the Parents-to-be Card Template. Keep in mind, you will need to change your printer settings to double-sided. It can be a bit tricky to flip the paper the right way, so pay attention to your printer’s double-sided instructions.
After printing the diapers, I cut them out and used a one-holepunch to punch two holes near the edge of the diaper tabs so I could attach ribbon to tie them closed. I measured and cut pink, white and red 3/16” ribbon into 9” lengths. Then I folded each diaper, strung the ribbon through the two holes and dabbed a small amount of hot glue to the ribbon on the inside of the diaper tab before pressing the tabs closed to affix the ribbon to the front of the diaper. Ensure you have equal lengths of ribbon on either end of the holes (if it’s easier for you, you can tie the ribbon into a bow before gluing).
Before the glue solidifies, make sure you carefully lift up the tabs in case some of the hot glue leaked out from beneath the ribbon so you don’t accidentally glue down the tabs (if you’re anything like me, I always apply too much glue to my projects). The ribbon should slide easily through the tab holes so that guests can open the diapers to write in them and then tie them closed afterwards.
For an alternative to punching holes in the tabs and using ribbon to tie the diapers closed, you can cut strips of double-sided tape and attach the sticky end to the back of the tabs. Leave the paper covering on the other side of the tape so your guests can peel it off once they finish writing in the diapers and seal it closed. To dress up the diapers, tie a small bow from ribbon and glue it to the front of the diaper or stick on a paper flower or heart embellishment.
Leave the diapers unfolded to make it easy for your guests to write on them during the shower.
To display the diapers, use a large wooden frame with twine strung across it and let your guests hang their diapers on the line with mini clothespins. For the frame, we had bought a large blank canvas from Walmart and pulled off the canvas covering so we could used the frame for this project. The wood underneath the canvas covering looks quite nice. Then we stapled four rows of twine across the frame and scattered mini clothespins on the table which we found at Dollar Tree. I also used a vintage school chalkboard that I had found at a garage sale for twenty-five cents for the display sign and propped it up on a golden metal display easel from Dollar Tree.
Advice for the Parents-to-be Diapers
Approximate time to make: 10 minutes/diaper
Approximate cost (excludes tools and ink): approximately $0.19 per diaper (prices may vary)*
*Note: The cost above excludes sales tax and will vary by location, currency and retailer. It is also based on the cost of materials used for one card only and does not reflect the total cost to purchase all the materials.
Hot glue gun & glue stick
Items Required for Diaper Card:
- One (1) pink or white cardstock (8.5” x 11”) (approximately CAD $6.00 for a 50-pack from Michaels [equivalent to $0.12 per sheet])
- 3/8” pink or white ribbon cut into 9” length (22.9 cm) (approximately CAD $0.89 for a 6 yard (216”) spool from Michaels [equivalent to $0.04 for 9”)
- One (1) mini 1” wooden clothespin ($1.25 for a 45-pack from Dollar Tree [equivalent to $0.03 per clothespin])
1. Print the diaper directly onto pink or white cardstock using the double-sided option on your printer (template available here: Advice for the Parents-to-be Card Template).
2. Cut out the diaper and hole-punch two holes the tabs (see white circles).
3. Measure and cut pink or white ribbon into 9” lengths.
4. Fold each diaper along the white lines indicated in the template (see image above).
5. Thread the ribbon through the two holes (insert from the top of the first hole, then feed through the bottom of the second hole so the ribbon holds on to the paper from the bottom of the tab).
6. Dab a small amount of hot glue to the ribbon on the inside of the diaper tab. Then press the tabs closed to affix the ribbon to the front of the diaper. Ensure you have equal lengths of ribbon on either end of the holes (if it’s easier for you, you can tie the ribbon into a bow before gluing).
*Important Note: Before the glue solidifies, make sure you carefully lift up the tabs in case some of the hot glue leaked out from beneath the ribbon so you don’t accidentally glue down the tabs. The ribbon should slide easily through the tab holes.
**Alternative: Instead of punching holes in the tabs and using ribbon to tie the diapers closed, you can cut strips of double-sided tape and attach the sticky end to the back of the tabs. Leave the paper covering on the other side of the tape so your guests can peel it off once they finish writing in the diapers and seal it closed. To dress up the diapers, tie a small bow from ribbon and glue it to the front of the diaper or stick on a paper flower or heart embellishment.
7. Leave the diapers unfolded to make it easy for your guests to write on them.
8. Display the diapers on a large wooden frame with twine strung across it (either an empty picture frame that you find at a garage sale or thrift store or or strip the covering off a blank canvas from Walmart) and let your guests hang their diapers on the line with mini clothespins.
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