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One fun thing about coming from a big family is there seems to always be at least one pregnant person. Between Brandon’s family and mine, we have three pregnant sister-in-laws right now, and my best friend is pregnant. Now here in the South, we love to throw baby showers for every baby, and we’d love to celebrate all the babies in the family, but not everyone lives close enough to do that, so since my brothers wife is pregnant with her baby, I thought it’d be fun to send her a “baby shower in a box” filled with some of my favorite baby items.
I really wanted it to be something special, more than just a gift, and I wanted it to have wow-factor when it was opened. Since she doesn’t know what she’s having, I filled the box with pretty flowers, greenery, and moss and tiny details.
The first thing I did was add paper to the flaps. I traced each flap on my paper and then cut it out and mod-podged the paper on. I realized afterwards that each flap was 12X6 so I could have just used scrap book paper and cut each piece in half. That would have been easier, so measure first haha
Once I knew the flaps were for sure dry I used vinyl letters to spell out “Welcome Baby” on two of the flaps, covered the two I didn’t want to get paint on, and spray painted over the vinyl letters.
Make sure your spray paint dries completely through, I let mine sit a full 24 hours so it would cure and so the box wouldn’t smell when I packaged it all up. If it’s all the way dry, peel the letters off very slowly. You don’t want to accidentally peel off any of the floral paper or paint. Now you have pretty letters!
The next thing I added was moss to the insides of the box. I used rolls of faux-moss and hot glued them along the sides.
To finish off the inside, I put another 12X12 piece of the floral paper on the bottom of the inside of the box to make it pretty. Once it was dry I filled the box with all my go-to baby supplies. I ran to Family Dollar the other day to get some presents to go inside. They have a whole baby section with really great prices so I was able to get everything I needed there.
If you came to my house, you’d see it looks like a Huggies ad. I learned early on that having the right diapers will save you a lot of laundry. I got her Huggies wipes and diapers at Family Dollar to get her stockpile started. I like that they carry a lot of different size packs that I haven’t seen at other stores from really small packs to the big boxes, and they have all the sizes I need.
Instead of using wrapping paper, I cut squares of vintage floral fabrics and tied the wipes up in them. I took the diapers out of the package and tied them with fabric scraps and put a flower in the knot. Whenever I see vintage sheets in pretty patterns at the thrift store, I grab them and save them for things like this. I love the dainty patterns and pretty colors. I also got her some paci’s, baby socks, teething toys, and more baby essentials and some little party supplies like a party hat and added it all to the box.
I filled in all of the gaps in with faux-greenery and flowers. I feel like as a mom of all boys, I never get to play with flowers and pink things, so I went all out on the florals. For the garland that opened with the box, I made a garland with doilies and mini-fringe tassels. I simply cut a small piece, of tissue paper, folded it in fourths, cut the tiny little fringe, and glued it shut.
I used washi tape to attach baker’s twine to the box on the outside of the two flaps that didn’t have words and clipped on the little tassels with mini-clothespins.
I folded small doilies and added them to the twine in between the tassels.
Honestly,I kept staring at it because it was so pretty. Like I said, I don’t get to make things look floral and pretty very often, and I love love loved this box, I can’t wait for her to get it!
I’m excited to send it off to her and hopefully we can skype while she opens it. It’s my brother and her first baby together so we’re all really excited for them, do you have family having babies far away? How do you share in the celebrations for new baby from afar? Any other mama’s who always gift Huggies out there?