March 27, 2012

Handmade Baby Gifts: DIY Baby Closet Dividers

I decided to share with you all these DIY baby closet dividers that I made for a good friend who recently had her first little hen. It's been babypalooza around here lately! The mama, "soon-to-be recipient" of these closet dividers & another one of our friends were at the same hospital, same floor, at the same time delivering their offspring. Then this past weekend my family welcomed this little peanut into the world!
Say "bonjour" to my fresh & hello-can-I bottle-up-your softness {seriously, why can't baby skin stay with us forever?}
 nephew, Toby James.

  Now, I have yet to produce a human being but something tells me that the simple things to help keep a new mommy organized are much appreciated.  Since I love the idea of bewstowing handmade goodies on my homies I decided I wanted to make some baby closet dividers to help my friend escape chaos with the all those irresistable, adorable, itty-bitty clothes.
Five Pieces of Square Wood Shapes {found mine at Hobby Lobby}
Decorative Scrapbook Paper
Solid Colored Card Stock
Baby Onesie Template {Print here}
Small Flower Punch or Flower Template
Number & Letter Stickers
Pencil
Scissors
Mod Podge Gloss
Paint Brush or Sponge
Paint {optional}
Ribbon
Drill

The first thing I did after opening my packages of wood shapes was to paint the sides white. This step isn't really necessary but the sides of your wood will show after applying your scrapbook paper & if your craft anal like me then you'll want it to coordinate.
Once the paint has dried use one of your wood shapes as a template to trace and cut your scrapbook paper out. These are going to be the paper you use to cover both the front & back of your wood dividers so make sure to cut two sheets per wood shape. 
In order to prepare your little cut out onesies you can either free hand {ooh, you are braver than me!} or print off an online template like this one from House of Stir Fry.
Use the template to trace & cut your own onesies from your solid cardstock. If you work with the same size sequence that I did for my dividers then you will need 5 total.

I then used a small flower punch on the scraps from my paper to create little daisies to place on top of my onesies.
Now it's time to assemble all your paper goodies to the wood shapes so break out the Mod Podge.  Apply glue to one side of each of your wood shapes & adhere your paper.  Then glue your onesies down, then your flowers, & then add your stickers.Apply more Mod Podge glue over the top of everything in order to seal the paper & stickers down. Allow to dry. Then flip and repeat the process with the rest of your scrap book paper to the other side of your wood dividers {I only adorned one side of the dividers with onesies and sizes.}

After everything has dried bust out the drill, place a small hole in the top of your wood dividers, & then string some pretty ribbon through allowing enough slack for them to be tied around an average size closet rod or rack. And then you're done!
Aren't homemade gifts the best? I can't wait to give them to my friend! Once she sees these she'll be able to relax because I'm pretty sure she thought I was moving in when one day out of the blue I texted her random questions about the baby's closet. I also figured she's a little preoccupied these days so I don't think I'll spoil the surprise by sharing them on the bloggity-blog first. 
Of course being the packaging lover that I am I couldn't resist placing them in a cute little muslin bag with an iron decal that I created.  Isn't it suh-weet?

I'm thinking these may be my new go-to baby gifts!
 Pet tarantulas didn't seem to be going over too well.

23 comments :

Lisa said...

What a cutie! These are a great gift and I've made them a few times for baby showers too :)

Amanda said...

I love this, such a great gift idea. Handy as well as cute!

Tonii said...

What a fantastic gift idea! And as always...you do it with amazing style. I LOVE the muslin bag too! Ok...I had to retype that about 5 times...I kept writing "muslim" bag ;) Anywho...FANTASTIC job!!

Kimberly said...

SO adorable!! Way cuter than the ones you get at Babies R Us! ;) Such a great gift idea.

Val said...

Great idea....what a little a cutie the new addition is.

Michelle Paige said...

Soooo precious! Love the packaging! Your friend will love them! Sweet pic of your new nephew...congrats Auntie! You may need to make some 'boy' clothes dividers too!

Alexa said...

What a cute little baby and this is such an awesome idea! :)

Heather J said...

cute and cute!!!

Elle Sees said...

These tuned out so great!

Jenny Melrose said...

I love it! I wish you'd posted this a couple of weeks ago. I definitely would have tried to make these for my sister-in-laws baby shower that was this past weekend. I'd love it if you shared this at Whimsy Wednesdays at www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com/2012/03/whimsy-wednesdays-4.html. I'm following.

Sarah said...

Such a cute idea! I love the little onesies too! Congrats to your two friends on the new additions to their families! It almost makes me want to have a little one. Almost. Lol!

And you look great in that picture! Love your hair! Too bad mine's flat as a pancake! Lol!

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

This is PERFECT. I can't tell you how many times I've had to go through the kids' closets to find the right sizes. I'm sharing this!

c.w.frosting said...

How cute! I'll have to remember this for a few friends about to have babies!

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Katie said...

what a great idea!!! they turned out soo cute! i'm going to pin it so I can make it sometime! thanks for sharing!

suzyhomemaker said...

Loved it! Pinned it! :)

Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters said...

These are beautiful!!! I love them! My sister is due in a few months so I will definitely remember this idea!!!

Tonia L said...

Okay...those are just too cute! And so is that baby!

Jenny Melrose said...

Thank you so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays! Love them!

How to Nest for Less said...

So stinkin' cute!! I'm featuring you tomorrow :)

Hank hendricks said...

How you come up with this...I will keep it in mind and will use it when i needed.

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I LOVE this idea!!!! Maybe we could do a feature on you?

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