Scrolling through their registry, I thought it would be cute to put together a baby bath time gift basket. And I figured, why not include a functional "basket" as well? This pretty balcalore basket in pastel blue is adorable and waterproof, so it could actually be used to store Jonah's bath toys!
I picked out a few bath items from the registry that would fit in the basket (though one, unfortunately, came in a big box, so I had to wrap it separately). Then I tried to figure out how I could add a personal touch to the gift. It's nothing revolutionary, but I decided to go with a removable mini baby banner!
Sooo I figured I might as well throw in project instructions with this post. :)
MINI BABY BANNER
+ 1 sheet of (semi) transparent vellum (I used one patterned with blue baby footprints)
+ 1 opaque sheet of paper for the background (I used blue glitter paper)
+ X-Acto knife (available at Amazon)
+ cutting mat (optional)
+ E6000 glue (or other strong adhesive)
+ black Sharpie
+ Euro Punch 1/16 metal hole punch (available at Annie Howes)
+ The Twinery baker's twine in Caribbean (available at The Twinery)
Step 1: Measure & draw the triangles.
On the long side of the paper, measure 3" from the corner and mark with the pencil. Do the same on the opposite side, then connect the two marks straight across (this will create a rectangle that is 3" x 8.5"). We will call that Line A.
Then, on the short side of the paper, measure 1/3 of the way through the sheet and mark it. Measure 2/3 of the way through the sheet and mark it.
Now, along Line A, measure and mark it at 1/6, 1/2, and 5/6 of the way across. Connect the marks to form triangles, as shown below. Repeat with the vellum sheet.
Note: I'm really picky, so I measured it exactly, despite those measurements being a pain. You could save yourself the trouble and cut off part of the paper or use a different size to make the dimensions work out more easily. Also, I needed five triangles but you may need a different number, depending on the name!
Step 2: Use scissors to cut out the triangles.
Step 3: Draw the letters on the vellum triangles.
Make sure the triangles are pointed down. You could print and trace a font, but I thought it would just be easier to draw it out. We're going to cut out the letters anyway, so it's easy to tweak it if needed.
Step 4:Use the X-Acto knife to cut out the letters.
If there's an inner part to the letter (like the hearts inside the "O" and "A", cut that part out too).
Step 5: Outline the letters and triangles with Sharpie.
Draw on the back of the vellum. It's probably fine if you draw it on the front, but I was worried the sharpie would get smudged. Put a sheet of scrap paper under the triangles when using Sharpie, to avoid marking up your table. Let the Sharpie dry.
Step 6: Glue the vellum centers to the background triangles.
If you had any letters with centers (like the "O" and "A"), place it carefully and then use the E6000 to glue the vellum centers securely to the background paper. Vellum doesn't stick easily to other papers, so you'll need to use a strong adhesive. Let it dry. You don't need the glue to fully cure, but enough so that when we move around the papers in the next step, it won't shift.
Step 7: Hole punch the corners of the triangles.
I lined up each vellum + glitter paper pairing and punched them both at once to ensure the hole was in the same spot. I use a metal punch because I already own it, but you could probably use something less intense.
Step 8: Thread the twine through the triangles.
I use pretty twine and like it to show, so I thread through each triangle from back to front, then front to back, so that the twine is in front.
Step 9: Tie the banner to the basket!
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