Learn How to Make a Diaper Wreath

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Learn How to Make a Diaper Wreath

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A diaper wreath is a simple craft project that makes a fun and unique baby shower gift. It is easy to make and you can add your own personal style to it with fun accessories.

Similar to a diaper cake, the diaper wreath is a little smaller and easier to assemble. It should take no more than an afternoon to complete and it is a perfect excuse to shop for tiny baby toys and trinkets!

Choose small items that the new mother can use or the baby will love to play with. Diaper wreaths are meant to be both cute and functional, a unique way to give a bunch of little accessories and toys. Things like an extra bib or teething ring may really come in handy some day!

The best part of this project is that anyone can do it! If you can tie a ribbon, then you can pull off this fun craft.

To make a baby shower diaper wreath, you’ll need:

  • One package of newborn or size one diapers
  • Wreath form
  • Curling ribbon
  • Scissors
  • A stuffed animal
  • Other small baby items to decorate the wreath (rubber ducks, bibs, pacifiers, shampoo, lotion, etc.)

Use a foam or wicker wreath or a wire wreath ring. It does not matter what the wreath looks like because it will be covered entirely by the diapers.

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How to Start Your Diaper Wreath

The base of the diaper wreath is completely covered with diapers.

The ribbon that holds each diaper can be used later for attaching the baby items. Leave excess and worry about trimming them up later.

  1. Use the curling ribbon to tie the first diaper onto the wreath.
  2. Make the knot as tight as possible and leave a tail of ribbon on each side.

You also don’t need to worry about curling the ribbon on the diaper wreath just yet.

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Make a Full and Fluffy Baby Diaper Wreath

The goal is to create a diaper wreath with a full and fluffy appearance. 

  1. Continue adding diapers until the wreath is completely full. 
  2. Push the diapers together as close as possible.

A wreath that is 10 inches in diameter should use about 25 size one diapers.

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Decorating Your Diaper Wreath

This is the really fun part! It is time to design the wreath with all of those baby items you collected.

In this step, you will tie the stuffed animal, books, rattles, teething rings, and other decorative items to the diaper-covered wreath.

The Signature Stuffed Animal

  1. Tie the stuffed animal to the wreath with enough slack so it hangs into the center of the wreath.
  2. Leave enough ribbon so you can give it a spectacular curl.
  3. If you like, add a larger, more decorative ribbon that complements the design.

The Baby Accessories

  1. Working around the wreath, tie on each of the baby accessories, one at a time.
  2. Use the excess ribbon from each of the diapers or add a new ribbon if that is not long enough.
  3. Tie neat bows on some items and let other ribbons drape down, giving it a curl later.

Nursery Theme

If you know the theme of the baby’s nursery, make a diaper wreath with this in mind.

  • Use complementary colors.
  • Match a few of the items to the nursery's signature animal. 
  • Choose unisex options if you don't know if it's a boy or girl.

If you don't know the nursery theme, simply pick baby items you think will be most helpful to the new mom.

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Final Touches for Baby Shower Diaper Wreaths

Now that everything is attached, it is time to button it up and make final adjustments to the diaper wreath.

Design Critique

Adjust the items to create a visually appealing wreath.

  • Step back and look at the entire wreath, even hang it on the wall for a minute and give yourself a critique.
  • Turn, tweak, or even move something if it just isn't working.
  • Add more ribbons or bring in a contrasting color.

Tighten Things Up​​​

Make sure everything is secure. The wreath will be traveling to the baby shower where guests will handle it (with oohs and aahs!) then to the nursery to hang. You do not want anything to get lost in the shuffle.

While you can't glue anything in place if you want the recipient to use the diapers, carefully tied ribbons will hold the baby diaper wreath together.

  • Tug at each ribbon to make sure the item will stay in place.
  • Use a bit of clear jewelry stretch cord if needed.

Curl the Ribbons and Wrap It Up

The best part about curling ribbon is, of course, the curl! 

  • Use your scissors to curl each ribbon that is hanging down. If it doesn't curl right the first time, try again.
  • Be careful not to press too hard and fray the ribbon.
  • If one ribbon is not cooperating or does fray, simply cut it off and tie the item on with a fresh ribbon.

Do any last minute adjustments to the decorative items until you are satisfied with the appearance of the diaper wreath.

If you need to transport your baby shower diaper wreath, wrap it in clear cellophane and tie it with a bow.

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