In my humble opinion, you can’t have a shower without a few banners or buntings. You can’t. You also must have onesies, everywhere. In this case, it was my sister in-law’s baby shower. She’s having a boy, so right off the bat I knew I needed a ton of blue stuff. So off to Michael’s it was!
I’m kinda in love/obsessed with kraft paper these days, especially after throwing a bridal shower last month. I previously bought a pack of letter sized kraft, so I already had kraft paper on hand. For crafting. Krafting? LOL. Assorted ‘dollar’ blue ribbon spools in the same shades of blue were picked up, as well as rustic garden twine. I found adorable jolee’s stickers in baby shoe shapes, sticker letters, some adorable glitter letters in a teal-y blue, as well as “special delivery” balloon stickers. I also found some really sweet packs of assorted papers, I’m pretty sure they were Shabby Chic label which I usually don’t care for – but I liked these even though some had florals on them. I figured the shower really is FOR my sister in-law, it was okay to be a little girly with my blues. So I justified. The paper was square shaped, and I couldn’t immediately decide how to use it. I knew I wanted to make a large sized bunting, so I cut large triangles out of kraft to spell out “baby zilli” with spacers on either size and to separate the words. After cutting the triangles, I figured that I could glue the square blue paper sheets at an angle to cover about half of the kraft triangle. I then applied the glittery sticker letters, and the baby stickers to the spacers. After I laid out the entire banner, I decided the only way to apply the triangles to the twine was to sew it onto the paper triangles. I used a super basic zig zag stitch on a really wide setting, and it turned out fabulous.
After finishing the large shower bunting, I had scraps left over that I was determined to use. So a smaller banner was in order, for a special candy table that one of our party planners saw at another shower. The table was to be labeled “Things that go pop”, and be filled with things like pop rocks, popcorn, ring pops, etc. I used the scrap kraft, but discovered I could literally cover it completely by folding the patterned shabby chic paper over it. So the kraft ended up being a stiffener in this case. I’m okay with it. I alternated paper patterns, and applied colorful sticker letters in alternating colors as well. After sewing the first bunting together, I decided to sew this smaller banner together onto some of the blue grosgrain ribbon I picked up. This turned out fantastic, until I realized I had sewn the letters backwards… which I then laughed at and ripped apart. Only to be put back together in the correct order. 🙂 Don’t drink and craft, folks. After finding out what candy had been bought, I opened up MS Word and put together a matching table tent for the “things that go pop” station table. Pretty cute, if you ask me.
P.S. The “things that go pop” banner is on sale now at my shop on Etsy.com – Odds & Ends by lisaBbowman!