DIY Tropical Themed Hospital Door Hanger

The hospital door hanger is one of my favorite things to incorporate into the décor for a baby shower. It looks great at the shower, but it looks even better on the hospital door when sweet baby finally arrives! For this example, I used a Tropical theme for my inspiration so that it also matched the baby shower décor. Here is what you need to get started!

DIY Hospital Door Hanger

Artificial Flowers. I bought my flowers from Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Hobby Lobby puts all floral 50% off every other week and Michaels is always having sales on different flowers. If you can catch them right before a new season, this is a great time for deals on flowers.

Foam Floral Ring. I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby for $4.99 and then used my 40% off coupon. I did later see them online at Dollar Tree for $1. However, you are required to buy a minimum of 4and you will have to pay for shipping. If you know you will eventually use 4, this is definitely the way to go!

Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun. You can find one at any craft store for under $5.

Ribbon. I purchased my ribbon from Hobby Lobby, but you can find ribbon at any craft store.

Wooden Craft Boards. I purchased a package of 4 from Hobby Lobby for $4.99. I knew I would use them eventually and it gave me extras in case I messed up and I definitely did. You will hear about that in step 1.

Adhesive Letters. For this project, I used these beautiful gold chipboard letter stickers from Hobby Lobby. They are very easy to apply and look fantastic against the pink paint. They are normally $4.99 per box, but they were on sale for $2.99 when I purchased them and they are still on sale!

Wooden Initial. I purchased this adorable pineapple initial from Build-A-Cross. They have SO many options and their customer service is phenomenal! They also work with the Ministry Freedom Challenge, a Faith-Based Drug and Alcohol Discipleship Program. I love knowing that they are giving back to their community with the help of proceeds from their products. If you are looking for a very specific wooden monogram or design, this is the place for you! If you just need a simple letter initial, Hobby Lobby has plenty of options.

Paint Brushes. I like to use the foam paint brushes. Michaels carries a set of multiple sizes in their dollar section bins at the front of the store. I purchased this set of 25 foam paint brushes for $5.

Paint. I used bottles of acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby.

Fishing Wire. I will be totally honest here. I might have borrowed mine from my brother and just never gave it back. Sorry, Face. (I call my brother Face.) You can find fishing wire at Walmart or any hobby store.

Wire Cutter.

Scissors.

Step 1: Paint Your Wooden Boards and Initial

I found this adorable pineapple initial from Build-A-Cross. They have SO many options and designs. I would highly recommend checking out their site. Before I ordered the initial, I measured the length of my foam ring to make sure I selected the right size. Paint the initial and the boards you will use to display the name, weight, length, date, and time. I would recommend testing the paint colors you are going to use on the back of one of the boards to make sure they don’t clash with any of the flowers. I had this issue for this example and had to start over with a new board. While you wait for the boards and the initial to dry, move on to step 2!

Step 2: Place your flowers!

Tropical Hospital Door Hanger

DIY Floral Hospital Door Hanger

Have your hot glue gun on and ready to go. Using the wire cutter, cut the flowers from the stems leaving just enough stem to push into the foam ring. I prefer using several large flowers with smaller flowers as fillers. As you place the flowers, you can easily pull the flowers out and place them in a different spot to finalize the design. I incorporated leaves from the stems throughout to give pops of green. This also went with the tropical theme. If you notice any of the flowers not staying in place, just put a little dab of the hot glue in the hole and then stick the flower back in and hold in place for 10 seconds. Once you have all flowers and leaves in place, hold the wreath upside down just to make sure none of the flowers fall out.

Step 3: Date, Time, Weight, and Length

Now that your wooden boards are dry, add the adhesive letters for the time, date, weight, and length. You can also change this to pounds and inches if you prefer. You, of course, won’t know any of this information while you are making the door hanger, so make sure you leave enough room for mommy and daddy to add this information at the hospital. If they have already picked a name, you can add that to the first board. For this example, the mommy and daddy had not decided on the name, so I provided them with a full set of the adhesive stickers to add the name later.

Step 4: Put It All Together!

Tropical Themed Hospital Door Hanger

Now that all of your pieces are done, it is time to put it all together. Take the wooden initial and use fishing wire to attach it to the inside of the ring. I wrapped one piece of fishing wire around the top of the pineapple and looped in around the top part of the wreath. I tied four knots in the fishing wire to make sure it stayed. Repeat this step on your initial at the bottom of the wreath. Once the wooden initial is secure, cut two pieces of ribbon to attach at the bottom of the wreath. These pieces need to be the same length. Using the hot glue gun, attach both pieces of ribbon to the back of the wreath. Before you glue the ribbon, measure the length between the two pieces to make sure you are leaving enough space for the length of the wooden boards. Once both pieces of ribbon are secured on the back of the wreath, glue the wooden board pieces on the ribbon. If there is any additional ribbon hanging below the last board, trim that off with scissors. Cut one more piece of ribbon to use for the top part of the wreath. This will help you store the wreath leading up to the shower and can help it hang from the door hanger if needed. Just make sure you cut enough to make a full bow. For this example, the door hanger allowed us to hang the wreath without the ribbon at the top.

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Mommy Milestones | Wine Bottle Baby Shower Gift

How To Make a Mommy Milestone Wine Crate Basket

I know what you are thinking, wine bottles for a baby shower gift? How cruel is that? Who gives a gift to the mommy-to-be that she would love to enjoy now, but can’t have for months? But don’t worry, this is one gift that the mommy-to-be won’t mind waiting for! I first saw this when one of my bridesmaids and her husband gave this to my husband and me for our wedding gift. They gave us 10 different wine bottles all labeled for different “firsts” for our marriage. One was for our first holiday, another for our first dinner party, and one for our first anniversary. It was so creative and it really is the gift that keeps on giving! We still have three bottles left to enjoy! I loved this idea so much, that I decided to make this part of the gift for the Tropical themed baby shower I was co-hosting. As I started putting it together, I realized that this would look great as part of the shower décor! This was really fun and it was super easy to make. Here is what you need to get started:

Wooden crate. I bought the wooden crate pictured from Michaels and painted it white. The price of the crate was $10, but I was able to use a 20% off coupon from Michaels.

6 Bottles of Wine. Any bottle of wine will work! I chose a mixture of reds and whites.

Wine Labels from Lush Label. I found these adorable wine labels with poems on Etsy for Mommy Milestones. The poems are sweet and funny and are themed around first experiences after the baby is born. The labels pictured came from Lush Label on Etsy and included six labels: First Mommy Meltdown, Mommy’s First Full Night Sleep, First Mom & Dad Date Night, Mommy Fits in Her Favorite Pants, The First Shopping Temper Tantrum, and Mommy’s First Girls’ Night Out! This shop has multiple designs and themes and they are so easy to apply to your favorite bottles of wine! You can also add these to whiskey bottles for a groomsman gift or champagne bottles for “popping” the question to your bridesmaids!

Flowers. I bought my flowers from Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Hobby Lobby puts all floral 50% off every other week and Michaels is always having sales on different flowers. If you can catch them right before a new season, this is a great time for deals on flowers.

Hot Glue Gun. I would recommend a low temp hot glue gun. I bought mine from Hobby Lobby, but you can find one at any craft store.

Decorative Grass. I happened to make this wine crate around Easter, so I found the Easter grass at Target! However, if you are making this any other time of year, Party City has multiple colors to choose from. For this wine crate, I used seven 2 oz. bags.

Step 1: Applying the wine labels!

Baby Shower Gift Mommy Milestones

The first thing you need to do is get the original wine label off of the wine bottle. The easiest way to do this is to fill your sink with room temperature water and place the bottles in the water. I let mine stay in the water for about 30 minutes and then peel the labels off. If any of the adhesive from the label stays on the bottle, just use a wet paper towel and rub the adhesive off of the bottle. If you don’t have a sink stopper, a large mixing bowl or beverage tin will work as well! Once the labels are off and you have dried the wine bottle completely, place the labels on the wine bottles. I found that it was easiest to apply the labels from left to right. This helped me keep the label from having bubbles once it was applied.

Step 2: Decorating the wine crate!

Mommy Milestone Tropical Themed Baby Shower Gift

Once your wine bottles are ready to go, it is time to start decorating your wine crate! This particular wine crate was for a Tropical themed baby shower, but you can easily change the look to fit your theme. Use the glue gun to secure the flowers on leaves on the front of the crate. Once the glue has dried, fill the crate with the decorative grass and arrange your wine bottles. This looks great on the gift table or as a centerpiece for the baby shower. Your mommy-to-be will love you for this gift!

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How To Make A Tropical Themed Diaper Cake

Tropical Themed Diaper Cake DIY

One of my favorite things to do when planning a baby shower is to incorporate décor that the mommy-to-be can use later. One of my go-to staples is the diaper cake! It looks fantastic as a centerpiece and it is so easy to incorporate into any theme. You can buy pre-made diaper cakes on sites like Etsy, but making it yourself will save you a lot of money and you can really customize it to the theme of the shower. Trust me, if I can make this, you can too!

Tropical Themed Diaper Cake Supplies

Here are the supplies you will need to get started:

Fabric. I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but Jo-Anne’s also has a lovely selection. Don’t forget to use your 40% off coupon for Hobby Lobby or any of Joann’s weekly coupons!

T-pinsI purchased mine from Target, but you can find these anywhere!

Diapers (I used 88 size 1 diapers). On top of getting 5% off of your purchase with your Red Card, Target will price match. So if you find a better deal on diapers, just let them know! You also never know what deal Cartwheel has, so make sure you check that!

Ribbon. I bought mine from Hobby Lobby because, well, I love it there.

Flowers. I bought my flowers from Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Hobby Lobby puts all floral 50% off every other week and Michaels is always having sales on different flowers. If you can catch them right before a new season, this is a great time for deals on flowers.

Stuffed FlamingoThe flamingo for this diaper cake came from Amazon.

Rubber BandsI purchased an assorted pack from Target.

Hot Glue GunI bought mine from Hobby Lobby, but you can find one at any craft store. Or, if you would like it delivered to your door, Amazon is a fantastic choice. I would recommend a low-temp hot glue gun.

Scissors.

Now that you have your supplies, let’s get started!

Step 1: Assembling the cake!

How To Make a Diaper Cake

Roll each diaper like a fruit roll-up and wrap a small rubber band around the top and a small rubber band around the bottom. Take a medium sized rubber band and wrap it around 3-4 diapers. Repeat this step. Take the rubber band wrapped around one set of diapers and wrap it around one of the diapers in the first set. This will connect the two sets without stretching one rubber band too thin. I made this mistake during my first attempt and was popped in the hand while diapers fell to the ground. Good GRAVY! 

See examples 1 and 2 above on how to connect the diapers. You will take the rubber band wrapped around example b and put it over one of the diapers in example a to connect the two. From here, it is very easy to move the diapers around to make the round shape for the diaper cake.

Continue this until the first layer of your cake is formed. I used a round cake stand to help me make sure the bottom layer was round, but an actual cake pan would help hold the diapers in until you have all of them wrapped with rubber bands. Once the bottom layer is formed, start making the middle and top layers. Or, top layer if you are sticking with only two tiers. For the example pictured, I used 48 diapers for the bottom layer, 25 for the middle layer, and 15 for the top layer.

Step 2: Frost Your Cake!

How to Make a Diaper Cake

This part was the hardest part for me. I tried this two different ways. For the first try, I measured the length and circumference of each layer of cake. I cut the fabric a bit longer for the length to make sure it would go over the top of the cake and under the bottom to cover the full side of the cake. I used the t-pins to secure the fabric to the diapers. This worked pretty well, but I didn’t leave enough fabric to cover the full top of the layer, so it looked a little sloppy. I tried to cover it with flowers, but I didn’t like how that looked either. I also LOVED the flamingo ribbon, but I thought it made it look way too busy.

Tropical Themed Diaper Cake DIY

I just didn’t like the way that looked at all. So I started over.

It just looked unfished. So I tried a different approach. This time, I measured the layer from one side to the other to make sure the fabric would completely drape over the entire layer. For all of my bakers out there, this would be the same way you would cover a cake with fondant. This made the top of the cake look absolutely perfect! I used the t-pins to secure the fabric underneath the cake. However, the sides of the cake weren’t as smooth because the fabric was bunching more due to the roundness of the cake. In the end, I decided I liked this approach the best.

Step 3: Apply the Finishing Touches

DIY Tropical Diaper Cake

I started the décor process by adding ribbon to the bottom of each layer. I really love how the hot pink really pops on the lovely greens. I measured the circumference of each layer and cut the ribbon just a bit longer. I used the hot glue gun to secure the ribbon to the cake. You don’t need to glue the entire ribbon, just each end of the ribbon. For a cleaner look, fold each end of the ribbon so that the frayed ends don’t show. Once you add the ribbon, place the flowers on the cake. You can hot glue the flowers to the fabric or just stick them in the cake. Once your flowers are settled, top with your adorable flamingo!

Diaper Cake Tropical Baby Shower Centerpiece

It really was the perfect centerpiece for this tropical themed baby shower!

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