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I hope you’re ready to get your DIY on! Today I’m celebrating my last official day of maternity leave with a super cute, baby-inspired craft that I’m sure you’ll love. Check out these adorable, bird-themed designs; and learn how to make some lovely, DIY stenciled burp cloths.
When I was getting things ready for Elliott’s arrival, I was sorting through all the burp cloths, and thought, “Sheesh, we have a lot of these.” Now that he’s here, I’d like to redact that statement. Even with the increase in laundry frequency, I can say that we never seem to have enough clean burp cloths on hand! So, when I realized that we needed more, I thought it would be fun to make some to go along with Elliott’s bird-themed nursery.
See how I made these lovely burp cloths:
What You Need
- My Bird Stencils
- Dura-Lar Film
- A Cutting Machine or X-Acto Knife
- Plain Cloth Diapers (or other burp cloth material)
- Fabric Paint
- A Sponge Brush
How To Make
1. Use your cutting machine (or X-Acto knife) to cut out your stencils out of Dura-Lar.
(Hint: I used .005 film, and set my Cricut to “Custom-stencil,” and that seemed to work really well.)
2. Use your stencils, a sponge brush, and fabric paint to apply the design to your cloth.
3. Follow instructions on your paint container to seal the finished design.
I seriously love the way these turned out! I already want to make more to have on hand as baby shower gifts! (Also, if you think it’s weird to use a cloth diaper as a burp cloth, you won’t think that when you see how absorbent these suckers are.)
The other thing I have been loving is my new bottles; specifically, Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins® Liners. I’ve blogged about these awesome bottles before, but I really can’t get enough of them. My favorite part is the disposable liners: they make cleaning these puppies a breeze (plus, they are recyclable—bonus)! And, as someone who hasn’t been successful with nursing, they give me peace of mind that Elliott is getting the next best thing: milk (that I pump) from a bottle that has been clinically proven to be closer to breastfeeding. What happens is that the liner gently collapses as he eats (like a breast), and allows him to breathe more naturally during feeding!
Also, if you are expecting a little one of your own, be sure to set up a registry at Babies “R” Us. They have a Registry 101 event the 1st Saturday of the month to get you going, and Completion Events on the 3rd Tuesday of each month where you can get the rest of the things on your registry at a discount.
Enjoy the new designs, and have fun making your own DIY stenciled burp cloths! Do you plan to make some for yourself, or give them as a gift to a lucky new mama?