5 Homemade Baby Shower Gift Ideas

There's nothing as thoughtful as a handmade present

Homemade baby shower gifts are the best baby shower gifts. They're thoughtful and unique - just as unique as the new bundle of joy - but if you aren't a master crafter, what could you possibly make? Knitted baby blankets and hand-sewn christening gowns are a bit out of your league, but luckily you don't have to be a DIY whiz or extreme crafter in order to make a memorable, homemade baby shower gift.

These five DIY projects are easy to make no matter your skill level:

Diaper Cakes

Diaper Cake
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These days diapers cakes appear at every baby shower. They've become so popular you can even buy them online! But why pay an outrageous amount of money for something you can make yourself?

Diaper cakes make for popular baby shower gifts because they're adorable and practical, and you can customize the diaper cake to fit your exact needs You can create a decorative centerpiece for the shower or fill it with gifts like baby shampoo, lotion, toys, books or nursery decor.

Most diaper cakes are made with disposable diapers, but cloth diapers work just as well. Plan on using at least 50 to 75 newborn or size 1 diapers to complete the project.

Diaper Wreaths

Diaper wreath
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Diaper cakes are very popular, but they're also pricey. Diapers are expensive! If you want a similar project that is slightly less expensive, consider a diaper wreath. A diaper wreath uses about 20 to 30 disposable or cloth diapers and can fit quite a few items, including rattles, teething rings or board books.

Decorated Onesies

Decorated onesies
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Decorated onesies make for thoughtful baby shower gifts, especially if you customize the designs. Iron-on decals are the easiest ways to decorate a onesie, but you can also use fabric paint, fabric markers or appliqués to to create a unique design if you prefer to get a little more crafty.

Just remember to avoid adding buttons, ribbons and other embellishments that could present a choking hazard.

Decorated Picture Frames

Decorated baby photo frame
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New parents are bound to take lots of pictures and they'll want to display them. Personalized picture frames make easy, inexpensive gifts. You can find frames to decorate at craft stores, dollar stores and thrift shops. Paint or decoupage a plain wooden frame using scrapbook paper, wrapping paper or wallpaper scraps in colors that match the baby’s nursery. Add beads, flowers, buttons, charms or other embellishments if you'd like.

Baby Name Wall Art

Baby name wall art
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If the parents-to-be already know what they plan to name their baby, creating baby name wall art is a thoughtful way to show your love and happiness. You can decoupage wooden letters, use photos to create a custom poster or make a shadow box wall display. When creating this homemade baby shower gift, remember to use colors and embellishments that will coordinate with the nursery theme the parents have selected.

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