When a new baby is coming, a shower can be a lovely way for a new mother to celebrate the big event with family and friends. Homemade shower favours will ensure that the keepsake for this momentous occasion is something everyone will treasure. If you're making your own favours, keep costs down by making something that uses common household craft supplies and can be put together fairly quickly and easily. An adorable shower favour that fits the bill is a cardstock pram.
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Things you need
- Cardstock in colours of choice
- Craft glue
- Embellishments (optional)
- Wrapped candies or cookies
Trace two 5-inch diameter circles on cardstock with a compass and cut them out. Divide them into equal quarters with a ruler making very light pencil marks. Cut one quarter from each circle so that you have what looks like a pie with one-fourth missing.
Measure and cut a 12-inch long strip of cardstock measuring 2 ½ inches wide. Use a ruler and pencil to make a line down each long side 1/4 inch from the edge.
Cut "V" notches down the two long sides of the strip with the "V" point touching the 1/4 inch line. Space the points of the V ½ inches apart. This will create tabs down both the long sides of the strip.
Fold the tabs over on the traced lines so that the tabs on each side are facing inward toward the centre of the strip.
Lay the long strip on the table horizontally in front of you with the tabs pointing upward. Hold one of the circle shapes so that if it were a clock, the missing quarter would be between the hours of 6 and 9. Line up the 6 o'clock edge of the circle with the upper left corner edge of the strip.
Affix the first tab to the circle with a piece of tape. Begin rolling the circle to the right (clockwise), affixing the tabs to it as you go so that the long strip is perpendicular to the circle and lines up evenly with the edges of the circle.
Line up the other circle so that the missing wedges are even and affix the tabs on the opposite side of the long strip to it. You should have a 3-dimensional cylinder shape with a 1/4 triangular notch out of it, like a wheel of cheese missing a big wedge. This is your baby buggy style carriage.
Turn the cylinder so that the missing wedge would be between the hours of 12 and 3 on a clock. Decorate the cardstock pram with strips of patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, line it with strings of pearl beads or lace, or use any other embellishments you like.
Cut out four 1-inch diameter circles for the wheels. Decorate them as desired with stickers, paper punches or other embellishments on one side.
Glue two wheels to each side of the buggy shape, holding it so the missing wedge would be between 12 and 3. Make sure the bottom of the buggy and the bottom of each wheel touches the table. Don't try to suspend the buggy on the wheels, as when you fill the buggy the wheels may bend.
Cut a strip of cardstock measuring 5 inches by ½ inch. Glue the edges of this strip to the sides of the cardstock carriage circles, on the inside, where the 3 o'clock hour would be. This is the handle for the pram.
Put small candies or a small bag of cookies into the cardstock carriage to give as shower favours.
Tips and warnings
- Attach a gift tag to the handle with the party date, the mother's name and a "thanks for coming" message.
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