Yesterday was the baby shower for my sister Lindi and brother-in-law Mike. I have been feeling very crafty lately, so I have been busy making fun things that finally made their debut at the shower. I have wanted to share for weeks, but I didn't want to spoil the surprise before the big day.
My first task from the party planners was a diaper cake. I have never made one, but Lindi made a cute one for my shower last year, so I thought I could handle it (plus, I had a stack of size 1 diapers left from Scarlett!). I started looking online and got a few ideas for a non-cake cake, and I came up with this...
It's a boat! I did the entire construction phase during one of Scarlett's afternoon naps (about two hours). I found some cute flannel and finished the edges to make a few receiving blankets. I spruced up some plain burp cloths with anchor-printed cotton. Then I started building.
|I used 2 old postal boxes (leftover from Thred-Up)|
|I cut the first box apart into a long flat rectangle, then cut curves from the long sides.|
|I used the sides from a second box to made the bow and stern, attaching with tape. Since it was not meant to be perfect, I didn't measure much...I just eyed it, cut and taped until it stuck.|
|I used some leftover batting to pad the cardboard hull, attaching with staples.|
|I wrapped the largest receiving blanket around, folding like a present to make a flat stern, and fastened it with scotch tape (yes, it held fine). Then I rolled the diapers, wrapped each with a rubber band and stuffed the boat as full as I could.|
|Then I laid two of the burp cloths across the top and tucked (I needed that middle seam for the next step).|
|A third burp cloth became the sail. I taped two disposable chopsticks together and positioned them on the cloth.|
|Then I folded and used a few safety pins to secure the cloth.|
|I stuck the chopstick down through the seam between the cloths and the rolled diapers underneath. I used a few safety pins to secure the bottom of the cloth to the base.|
This was the basic shape. Then I used a small blanket as a "diaper" on the bear, a second small blanket rolled up as the life ring and tied ribbons around whatever I could. I still had a pile of diapers left over, so I stacked them up and wrapped them with the 4th burp cloth to look like a present. It wasn't sea-worthy, but it was definitely cute!
My other project was favors. I have been wanting to do Oreo pops ever since I saw them on Pinterest, so I through this was a good opportunity. Bonus: Oreos are naturally vegan, as are some semi-sweet chocolate chips, so they fit in with the all-vegan menu!
I didn't take step-by-step pictures, but I followed this tutorial, and they came out great! A few tips:
- Double Stuf Oreos are key!
- Use the thinner size sticks (there was a thicker "cookie pop" stick that would have cracked the cookies)
- Dip the sticks in chocolate before inserting in the cookie, and let it set before dipping. After dipping, lay the pops on parchment...don't try to sit them upright like I did, and waste a bunch of ingredients (though Chris did enjoy his bowl of melty-chocolate covered Oreo bits as a reward for going to buy more Oreos).
Hope someone else is inspired to be crafty! I have a few other projects up my sleeve for future events, so stay tuned!