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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Diaper Bouquet

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So I was looking on Pinterest for a gift idea for my little sister's baby shower.
I stumbled across this picture and was thrilled! My little sister is expecting a girl and naming her Rose. 
What could be more perfect than a diaper bouquet of "roses" for a little baby named Rose?!?

The only problem was that there wasn't a tutorial on how to put it together. 

Here is what I did to re-create the diaper bouquet . . .

What you will need:
-About 75 newborn diapers (or any size, but you will need a bigger vase to make it look proportional)
-About 38 wood dowels
-About 75 little clear elastics
-About 16-1/2 yards of Ribbon (I only used 10 yards and just put it on some of the diapers)
-Foam Ball (mine was 6", but it all depends on what size will fit on top of the vase without falling in the vase)
-Vase Stuffers (I used baby lotion, baby wash, baby powder, butt paste)
-Decorative Ribbon
What to do:
Cut all the dowels in half.

Grab 1 diaper, dowel, and elastic for each rose.

Open the diaper and place dowel as I have in the picture below.

Close the diaper and begin rolling the diaper around the dowel.

Hold the diaper with one hand as you open the elastic.

Place elastic around the diaper about 2/3 the way down.

This is the top view of the rolled diaper.

 Cut a piece of ribbon and tie around where the elastic is.
I think I cut my ribbon 8"
As mentioned above, I only tied ribbon around about 1/2 of the diapers because I didn't buy enough ribbon at the time. So if you are short ribbon don't worry it will look great and no one will notice!

After all the diapers are rolled you can begin sticking them in the foam ball.
Place the foam ball on the top of the vase. 
Stick in 4 roses so that the foam ball won't move around while on the vase.

Now begin filling in, as I have done, around the top of the vase.

After the top of the vase is filled in, to secure the foam ball from moving, stick a rose in the top of the foam ball. Begin filling in around it and work down the foam ball.
(Try to only stick the rose in when you are sure on the location or else your foam ball will end up with too many holes and the roses won't stay in the foam very well.)

Once you have filled all empty spaces it will look like this.
Lift up the foam ball carefully and place in the vase stuffers. Place foam ball back on the vase.

Tie a decorative ribbon around the vase.

Now you are ready to wow everyone at the baby shower with your diaper bouquet!

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  1. How long are the dowels once they are cut in half? 6 inches, 8 inches or what? Love this idea of roses.

    1. I'm so sorry I can't remember how long the dowels were cut in half. They might have been about 6".

    2. I am going to try this and use wooden skewers. I think they'd work fine. What do you think Genevieve?

    3. I think they would work just fine. I would personally stick the pokey end of the skewer into the foam ball, instead of into the diaper.

  2. Genial idea. Es muy original.

    Gracias por compartir

  3. I'm a little confused as to why this calls for 75 diapers but only 38 dowels.

    1. Diane,
      You will actually cut the dowels in half right at the beginning. This will give you 76 dowels to go with the 75 diapers. You will have an extra half-dowel that can be thrown away or kept for a future project.

  4. Hi! I'm going to attempt this... love your diaper bouquet! where did you buy the clear elastics? I'm having trouble locating it.

    1. Mysteryartist,
      Thank you so much! :) The clear elastics can be found in the hair department of Wal-mart or Target. They are actually little girl hair elastics. Good luck and thank you for the question!

    2. Hello Miss. Genevieve. I love the way this adorable bouquet looks I'll want to try for the next time that there is a baby shower announcement! Also wanted to share what I usually do when not able to find the clear elastics. What I do is I buy the multicolored ones and separate them from the red, pink & purple for girls, & the rest for boys or a mix and it also works wonderfully. I hope this helps and have a blessed day

  5. Thank you for your fast reply! Have a nice day! :)

  6. Genevieve,
    I have another question! How do you accent it with the tulle? I decided I want to make 6 diaper Bouquets... and use them for table centerpieces. I want to make sure from the beginning so that I don't have to go back and redo them. Wish me well! Lol :)

    1. As you can tell from my picture, I decided not to do the tulle accent. BUT if I were to do them I would add the tulle at the very end. Here is what I would do.

      Wrap a wood dowel with some tulle, making the tulle come above the end of the wood dowel by about 3-6 inches. Tie, very tightly, the tulle onto the dowel with some ribbon.

      Then clip the last 2-4 inches of the tulle (that is poking above the end of the dowel) with scissors to help it fan out. Just like is done here with dough, but imagine it done with tulle ( -AND-

      Now take the dowels that have tulle on them and stick them in between the diapers in random places. This will help fill in any gaps you might have. Does this make sense???

  7. Yes!!! Your instructions are very clear... thank you so much!

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  9. Hi i was wondering did you get everything you need from walmart including the foam ball?

    1. Marcie,
      I did buy all of my supplies at Walmart, but that was 2-3 years ago. I've noticed that Walmart doesn't seem to carry items consistently. Good luck and thank you for the question! :)

    2. What did u use to cut the dowels for them not to be raggedy at that end.

  10. what size foam ball did you use Ms.Geneieve, this is beautiful.