Make a "Baby Girl" hospital wreath to announce the good news to everyone who passes by the new mother's door. If you can tie knots in ribbon and use a glue gun, you can create a pretty wreath to give as a gift for a baby shower or to take along when you visit the newborn and her mother in the hospital. If you're making your wreath after the baby arrives, personalise it with her name and birth date.
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Things you need
- 24 yards 1 1/4-inch pink ribbon
- Measuring tape
- Pinking shears
- 12-inch foam wreath form
- Safety pin
- Stuffed animal or doll about 6 to 8 inches tall
- White poster board
- Pink marker
- 1 yard 1/2-inch pink ribbon
- Small baby items
Use pinking shears to cut one piece of ribbon measuring 48 inches. You will attach this to the completed wreath to use as a hanging loop.
Cut the rest of the ribbon into 16-inch lengths.
Tie the 16-inch lengths of ribbon onto the wreath form using a simple granny knot. Tie a second knot, making sure you cross the ribbon in the same way, either left over right or right over left. Pull the ribbon ends to tighten the knots.
Repeat with the remaining 16-inch ribbon pieces, pushing the knots close together as you work, until you have completely covered the wreath form.
Measure the length of the ribbon ends extending from the knots on the wreath. Fold the 48-inch piece of ribbon in half and measure that distance from the ends. Pin the ribbon together at that point with a safety pin.
Hold the safety pin against the top of the wreath and wrap the doubled 48-inch ribbon around the wreath form once. Make a granny knot in the same manner as the others, keeping the safety pin steady. After you tie the second knot, remove the safety pin and pull the ribbon ends to tighten the knots.
Glue or sew a stuffed animal or doll to the ribbon on the left side of the wreath.
Cut a baby-related shape from white poster board. Choose a pram, rattle, teddy bear, bonnet or any other shape you like. Use a stencil or cut a picture from a magazine or colouring book to use as a guide.
Use a stencil to trace "It's a Girl" or "Baby Girl" in the centre of the shape. Fill in the letters using a pink marker.
Glue the shape to the ribbon at the bottom of the wreath.
Tie small baby items to 1/2-inch ribbon of varying lengths. For example, use a small rattle, a pacifier and a teething ring. Tie one end of each ribbon around the wreath. Trim the ends close to the wreath form so that they don't show. Place all of the items at the bottom of the wreath, or tie them at evenly-spaced intervals.
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