Cute and Quick Baby Gifts
Welcome your new arrival or make a gift for a friend's baby with these ideas for the nursery made using your scrapbooking supplies.
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Rain Boot Bouquet
Design by Lisa Storms
A bouquet of paper flowers sprouts from a cute pair of rain boots for a cheery way to brighten a dresser. Make each flower by punching paper flowers in varying shades of one color, then layering them only at the centers and slightly bending the petals for dimension. Embellish the painted bamboo-skewer stems with leaves and letter stickers for custom personalization.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Stickers: American Crafts. Buttons: Fancy Pants Designs. Ribbon: Offray. Punch: Fiskars.
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Design by Lisa Storms
Animal silhouettes cut from plain white cardstock and mounted on colorful patterned paper are cute for a nursery and can be customized for a boy or a girl or be gender-neutral. Adhere the papers to a white mat board cut to fit inside a frame and tie a ribbon around the frame.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (green, yellow), KI Memories (blue). Ribbon: Offray. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette.
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Girly Treasure Chest
Design by Michelle Keeth
Decorative knobs adorn the faux drawer fronts on this keepsake box, created by stacking stretched 12×12" canvas frames (with the centers cut out and removed) to make two central compartments. Legs screwed into a piece of pinewood form the base for the stacks and the top is a painted 12x24" canvas lined with patterned cardstock. Crisscross ribbons add to the lid's functionality.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, decorative paper, canvases, hardware, rope: Canvas Corp. Font: Times New Roman. Paint: Krylon. Knobs: Tim Holtz. Stamp: Hero Arts. Ink: Tsukineko. Template: Tattered Angels (swirl).
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Design by Rhonda Van Ginkel
A plain wooden train is transformed into a circus caravan with a bit of paint and patterned paper. Put tissue or even toys in the cars. Embossed paper gives the wheels some tread, while brads bring a pop of color and dimension to the wheels.
SOURCES: Train: Kaisercraft. Patterned paper, stickers, brad maker, distressing tool: Imaginisce. Ink: Ranger Industries. Punches: Fiskars (border), Marvy Uchida (circles), We R Memory Keepers (corner rounder, hole). Baker?s twine, scoring tool: Martha Stewart Crafts. Embossing tools: Sizzix.
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Pretty Alphabet Letters
Design by Briana Johnson
Cover papier-mache letter blocks with a variety of colorful scrapbook papers to assemble an alphabet collage, spell out a name, or compose a saying for a wall. Use each letter as a template to trace its shape onto the back of paper, cut out the shapes, and glue them to the blocks that have been painted with a coordinating color. Trim away any excess paper using a craft knife.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: October Afternoon (small green polka dot, red medium polka dot), Echo Park (medium green polka dot, plaid, orange polka dot, hearts, yellow polka dot, asterisk), My Mind's Eye (tone-on-tone dot, aqua damask, clouds, blue tiny dots, plaid, chevron, diagonal stripe), Crate Paper (red tiny dot), The Girls' Paperie (orange damask), Pink Paislee (diagonal stripe), Pebbles, Inc. (stripe). Marker: Sharpie. Letters: Hobby Lobby. Paint: Martha Stewart Crafts (orange, green, aqua, red), Making Memories (green), Plaid (blue), Liquitext (yellow), Grumbacher (white). Glue: Zip Dry.
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Design by Deena Wuest
Deena primed and painted six unfinished wooden blocks and digitally formatted her photos and papers to fit on each of the 1-1/2" block faces. Before printing the images on photo paper, she added numbers, photos, and letters to the squares. When arranged in a row, the blocks spell out Baby's name.
SOURCES: Wood blocks: Creative Imaginations. Font: Avant Garde off the Internet. Digital elements: It's a Girl Thing kit by Mindy Terasawa. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements.
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Design by Cathy Blackstone
Cathy painted an artist's canvas with yellow paint and then covered it with 56 patterned-paper blocks for the background. Painted and distressed chipboard letters are interspersed on the blocks, along with photos, artwork, and paper-pieced accents that correspond with the letters.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves, Imagination Project. Die cuts: 7Gypsies (labels), Autumn Leaves (wings), Scenic Route Paper Co. (arrow), My Mind's Eye (butterfly). Stickers: Autumn Leaves ("3," "9"), BoBunny Press (circle "4") 7Gypsies (frame), Rub-ons: BasicGrey. Chipboard accents: BasicGrey (star), Making Memories (heart), Piggy Tales (alphabet). Stamps: Autumn Leaves (quote stamp), Hero Arts (dotted circle.) Brads: Around the Block (dino, flowers), KI Memories (gem), Making Memories (all other). Metal accents: Around the Block (pin, phrase), Making Memories (mouse). Ribbon: KI Memories, May Arts. Sequins: Fibre-Craft Materials Corp. Acrylic coating: Krylon.
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Design by Leah Fung
Leah covered chipboard shapes with pretty patterned paper to create this baby mobile. Machine-stitching defines the outlines of the shapes, rickrack attaches the small shapes to the large butterfly, and bows add a bit of softness to the mobile.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories. Chipboard accents: Making Memories (butterfly, "a"). Deluxe Designs (all other). Buttons: Chatterbox. Punch: Creative Memories. Ribbon: American Crafts (grosgrain), Michaels (dot). Rickrack: Wrights. Thread: Coats & Clark.
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DDesign by Deena Wuest
eena used digital papers and cute animal icons to make these color-coded hanger labels for each stage of Baby's wardrobe. Each tag wraps around a hanger neck and is secured with adhesive.
SOURCES: Font: Avant Garde off the Internet. Digital elements: In the Nursery kit (papers) by Katie Pertiet; Jungle Gym Stickers (gorilla), Sweet and Salty Icons (fish, turtle), Little Safari Icons (all other) by Mindy Terasawa. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements.
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Design by Amy Licht
Amy prepped an unfinished wooden plaque by spray-painting it white and drilling two holes at the top for a ribbon. She completed the background using patterned paper, ribbon, and paper trim "waves," then added a paper-pieced sailboat. Buttons and stickers complete the look.
SOURCES: Plaque: Woodline Works Corp. Patterned paper: American Crafts (hearts), Making Memories (check). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers, paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Ribbon: KI Memories (blue dot). Michaels (white). Buttons: Autumn Leaves (green), Target (blue). Floss: DMC Corp. Paint: Krylon.
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Design by Patricia Anderson
Patricia painted a frame with acrylic paint, then decoupaged pieces of patterned paper to cover the front. Once the medium dried, she applied another layer of decoupage to seal the surface. Brads, chipboard-back cutouts, and stickers enhance the front of the frame.
SOURCES: Wood frame: Provo Craft. Patterned paper, stickers, brad: K&Company. Acrylic paint: Delta Ceramcoat. Decoupage medium: Plaid.
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New Mom Charm Bracelet
Design by Patricia Anderson
Patricia added baby photos, pretty patterned paper, and baby-theme charms to a blank bracelet form. To make her photos durable, she backed them with chipboard and covered them with decoupage medium before attaching them to the bracelet.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Bracelet form: Rings and Things. Charms: K&Company. Jump rings: Making Memories. Acrylic paint and decoupage medium: Plaid.
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Wooden Baby Caddy
Design by Danielle Muldowney
Danielle transformed a plain wooden basket into a practical caddy for a nursery by painting the unfinished surfaces, then decoupaging pieces of baby-theme papers to fit the slats. She also added a decorative tag made from coordinating papers to fit the basket.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers, rub-ons: BasicGrey. Acrylic paint: Making Memories. Ribbon: Sopp, Die, die-cutting tool: Sizzix (tag). Corner rounder: EK Success. Adhesive: Zip Dry Glue by Beacon Adhesives.
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Baby Hanger Mobile
Design by Polly Maly
Each of the boxes hanging from this trio of satin padded hangers is cut from pastel patterned paper. To hang the boxes, Polly inserted an eyelet in the lid of each box and threaded ribbon through the hole.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: K&Company, The Paper Patch. Hangers: Babies R Us.
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Baby Wall Art
Design by Nichol Magouirk
Using a purchased frame with a precut mat, Nichol covered the mat with patterned paper and wove sheer ribbon across it to make this creative artwork for a baby's room. Although she adhered purchased animal-theme paper clips to the mat openings, you could also showcase nursery-theme die cuts, or add your own wire creations.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: K&Company. Wire animal paper clips: Pier 1 Imports.
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Design by Polly Maly
Polly overlapped four 2" pastel vellum squares inside the plexiglass panel of this ready-to-decorate night-light. Punched shapes at the corner of each vellum square allow light to shine through while fitting into the nursery theme.
SOURCES: Punches: EK Success. Night-light: Yarn Tree.