One of the fun things about getting to re-visit a seasonal theme is to see how we have changed in those two years. One major difference this time around is that babies are a much bigger part of our lives. Two of our best friends gave birth in January (plus Linz in June) and it has opened up a whole new world. With all of these babies around, Linz has had a chance to perfect her cake baking skills, we get to take on new craft projects, and our love of parties has a new outlet. Last winter, Linz and I teamed up with our other friend, Jessica, to throw Mariko a Nursery Rhyme Baby Shower.
I sadly knew I would not be there for the actual day, but wanted to contribute a little something before I headed out to Baltimore. Therefore, the summer before, I put together a ‘shower in a box’ to give other ladies a starting place. After searching the internet up and down for baby shower ideas, I got to work.
I first started by checking out the local thrift store and scored with a nursery rhyme book with lots of colorful pictures for only a couple of bucks. Mariko is an avid reader and makes amazing craft projects with paper so I thought she would really appreciate decorations in that vain. I also happened to own a duck paper punch back from when we had animals as our theme and figured duck were close enough to a mother goose for this endeavor. (riiiiiight?). I then hit up Michael’s for some pretty green and blue stock paper to compliment it all.
Book Page Garland
I started by making a banner with the book pages, alternating between pictures and stories. Here’s a quick tutorial:
- Decide how large you want each triangle to be. Cut each page into the shape.
- Add 1/8 inch to your dimensions to make the colored triangles. Glue the book pages to the colored stock paper.
- To connect them all, punch holes in each top corner and thread a string or ribbon through OR simply tape them to a string.
- Cut out 4 x 7-inch covers out of colored cardstock.
- Using plain white paper or even pages from an old story book, cut out slightly smaller (3.5 x 6.5-inch) “pages”.
- Insert book pages into cover and sew along side so that book pages are now attached inside the colored paper. Fold paper outward a bit to create a more open look with the mini book.
- To create a garland, use mini close pins to string books along twine. They also make great labels for food you are serving, such as here:
Nursery Rhyme Food