Are you planning to throw a shower for one of your expecting friends? Baby showers are big business, so you could easily go over budget by snapping up the cutest shower decor at party stores and online. However, you shouldn’t have to break the bank to dress up your abode for the festive occasion. By saving on decor, you’ll have more money to spend on celebrating your friend’s little one.
Luckily, if you have a dollar store and a craft store nearby, you can snag everything you need for a gorgeous shower on the cheap. Dressed up with the right ingredients, no one will ever guess you paid bargain basement prices for the shower decorations.
Cheap Baby Shower Decorations
The best part about shower decor? You can decorate according to a specific baby shower theme, or you can simply create a number of beautiful, non-themed table settings and wall hangings to transform your space. Change up the colors depending on whether your friend is expecting a boy, a girl, or a “surprise,” and add a number of touches to personalize the event.
While there are many items you can invest in to beautify the party space, here are five affordable accessories sure to be a hit:
1. Ribbon Topiary
Topiaries are beautiful, but if you buy them from the florist, they cost a ton of money and end up dying quickly. Instead of using flowers for a topiary, use ribbons. You only need a couple of terracotta pots, dowels, some Oasis floral foam, and foam balls. Then, grab different widths of ribbon from the dollar store in a color palette you love.
Prep the pots by stuffing them with floral foam, inserting a vertical dowel, and placing the foam ball on top. Then, start snipping off ribbon in two- to three-inch lengths. Make a loop and use a pin to secure the loop to the foam ball. Continue with different width and length loops until the entire ball is completely covered.
Try making two or three topiaries for the appetizer table to add tons of visual interest.
2. Paper Puffs
Want to make a big splash with a tiny budget? Paper puffs are incredibly cheap and easy to make, and they make a huge visual impact when hung from the ceiling. You need scissors, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, and fishing line – that’s it!
Start by laying seven or eight pieces of tissue paper of the same color together (on top of each other) and line them up so the edges are flush. Then, start from the bottom and fold the paper like a fan, alternating sides. Once you’ve folded it into one long strip, secure the center with a pipe cleaner. Then, use the scissors to cut either flat end of the strip into a one-inch “V” shape so that the ends come into points. Finally, peel back all of the different fan layers separately, separating and fluffing them until they resemble a ball.
It might take you a few tries, but once you’ve nailed it, you can hang them around the room with fishing line. Note that the more layers of tissue you use, the fuller the puffs will be, so don’t be hesitant to use a lot – tissue paper is super cheap.
3. Button Vases
Whether you decide to decorate with fresh flowers or you prefer something less traditional, vases can be expensive – and even a little boring. However, dressing up some that you’ve grabbed from the dollar store can spruce up the look of the dessert table or the mantle where you’re holding the party.
Start by combing a dollar store or craft store for inexpensive cylindrical vases. If you’re in a pinch, aluminum cans also work well. Then, find scraps of pretty fabric you have on hand, or buy cheap remnants from the craft store. While you’re looking for fabric, raid your craft stash for buttons – or just buy a box of assorted colors and shapes – and get out the glue gun. Cut enough fabric to create a sleeve to wrap around the vase, and glue it into place.
Lastly, line buttons up along the seam – it’s prettiest if you use a variety of different button styles. If you want to save the vases for another use, just pin the fabric in place (instead of gluing) and slip the sleeves off when the shower is done.
4. Umbrellas and Parasols
You can find parasols or umbrellas for cheap online or at a local craft fair. Use the handles and fishing wire or ribbon to hang them above the chair of the mom-to-be, the food table, or even set them on the floor around the room. Mom can take the parasols home to decorate the nursery, or you can keep them in your arsenal for your next party.
5. Bib or Onesie Garland
By utilizing functional decor, you can gift the new mom with even more of the baby items she needs to clothe her little one. Creating a garland out of bibs or onesies is simple, and the new mom will love that the decor becomes part of her baby stash.
Just hang a piece of twine or ribbon across a window or mantle, or above a table. Then, use clothespins to hang onesies or bibs – in any color – across the twine. You can get onesies and bibs for cheap by buying them in five-packs at Walmart or another big-box store.
Don’t worry about the financial strain of turning your home into a party destination for a baby shower. You can make homemade decorations that are just as cute – if not more so – than stuff you can buy at the store. Just keep in mind that the craft store and the dollar store are your best allies in getting the job done. With some creativity and cheap supplies, you can look like you spent a ton while saving a bundle!
What other brilliant decor ideas do you have for baby showers?
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