Springtime always reminds me of baby showers. All those beautiful tiny clothes get worn once or twice. The baby blankets are snuggled closely and that monitor gets plenty of use. The cards are read and enjoyed during a moment of gratitude, then placed back in the gift bag. The real tearjerkers might get passed around first. But then where do they ultimately end up? I had my daughter two years ago, and yes, I still have all the baby shower cards. I’m not usually a hoarder, but I kept them partially because they meant a lot since she was our first, and also because I always planned to do something with them. If you haven’t already thrown yours away, put them into a scrapbook or placed them in a decorative shadow box, here’s a really easy and cute idea!
What you’ll need and where I got it:
- 11 x 14 frame-$9.99 at Hobby Lobby with a 40% coupon (I chose plain but you could go fancier)
- 11 x 14 mat with 8 x 10 opening- $2.99 at Hobby Lobby
- Round 1.5″ hole punch- $9.99 at Target, but I got it on clearance for around $5
- Modge Podge (or any paper craft glue)- $5.99 at Hobby Lobby
- 1 white cardstock sheet (or you could use a different color)
- Foam brush or paint brush
1. Punch out circles from cards. Do more than you think you need so you have a good variety to choose from. I went with a mix of solid colors, patterns and a few words/phrases from the cards.
2. Tape your cardstock sheet to the back of the mat, and arrange your circles exactly how you’ll want them displayed. You could go with a symmetrical or random design. You may want to measure the placement, but I just eyeballed it.
3. Glue your circles to the sheet one at a time, applying a thin coat to the back of each. Too much will cause the circle to curl and leave visible residue on the edges.
4. Place in the frame and hang!
Whether this is a decoration for your child’s room or a gift you offer to make for a friend’s baby, it’s a great way to remember the love and generosity from others forever! Of course this can also be done with cards from a wedding, birthday or any other special event. Happy crafting!