My friend Janell (baker of the Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies from last year’s cookie exchange), just recently had her second child! He was born the same day as the Royal Baby on July 22. Janell’s own little prince, baby Cameron, was born exactly 5 hours earlier than Prince George (and a couple pounds heavier!!) That’s right, he was 10 pounds 4 ounces!!
Because Baby Cameron shares a birthday with a royal, NBC 10 Philadelphia found it newsworthy!! Janell and the newest addition to her family were interviewed by the news!! You can check her out here on a NBC 10 Philadelphia’s clip about Sharing a Birthday with the Royal Baby here!
Janell already had all of the major things she needed from her baby shower a few years ago when she had her first son. To celebrate the arrival of Baby #2, a couple weeks prior to his birth, Janell had a little “sprinkle” where guests were asked to bring necessities like diapers, wipes, and lotions. I thought that just bringing a pack of diapers was boring, so I decided to do something a little more creative. I created a diaper bouquet!!
The diaper bouquet was very easy to make and turned out SOOO adorable! It was something Janell had never seen before and she loved it!! Here’s how to make a diaper bouquet…
- 1 glass vase
- 1 rectangular foam block
- 1 round ball of foam
- Tissue Paper
- Glass Marbles or Stones
- Small Rubber Bands
- Wooden Skewers
- Tulle Circles
- A few branches of artificial flowers.
- Card stock and stickers (for the gift tag).
- Diapers (the number of diapers needed varies based on the size of your vase and foam ball. I used 36 “Newborn Size” diapers plus 40 “Size 1” diapers, making it a total of 96 diapers)
- Cut your rectangular foam block to fit down into the inside of the vase. Wrap tissue paper around the foam block so you do not see the foam. Add glass stones or marbles to the bottom of the vase. This will make it decorative as well as weigh it down so it is not too top-heavy.
- Using a wooden skewer, attach the foam ball to the top of the foam block. The ball should be resting on the mouth of the vase.
- Roll each diaper up, starting at the open end of the diaper. Secure each one 3/4 of the way down with a small rubber band.
- Insert a wooden skewer into the center of a tulle circle and then through the center of the diaper (the tulle should come up around the sides of the diaper).
- Starting at the top of the foam ball, and starting with the newborn size diapers, insert the skewered diaper into the foam ball. Depending on the size of your skewers, you may need to cut them slightly shorter with scissors.
- As you add more diapers to the ball, place them as close together as possible. Once you have used all of the newborn size diapers at the top of the ball, you can continue filling the bottom half of the ball with the Size 1 diapers.
- Tie a ribbon around your vase for decoration. You can also add sprigs of artificial flowers throughout the bouquet.
- Make a tag out of card stock, add a few stickers, and you are all set with a fabulous diaper bouquet!
NOTE: The blog, Like Mom And Apple Pie, gives a great step-by-step picture tutorial on how to make a diaper bouquet. I highly recommend checking it out to supplement some of my instructions.
One of the main things I did differently than her was to use the tulle circles because they are able to be attached directly to the skewers and diapers instead of just being inserted at random spots. The tulle circles also make a pretty fanned out display around each diaper. A couple other differences I did included adding the glass stones to the vase to weigh it down to make it less top heavy as well as inserting some artificial flowers to the bouquet!
By the way, can you believe there were 96 diapers in this bouquet!?!?