It’s pretty simple to pull together a really cute personalized baby gift for a deserving mom-to-be. I know it seems like you might not have time but using simple freezer paper stenciling combined with a few handpicked items, you’ll have a really special and meaningful gift.
I love handmade baby gifts. When my oldest two children were born my grandmother gave me a crocheted baby blanket for each one of their births. It was so extremely dear to me and something that I still cherish today.
But when I had my third child my grandmother was ill and unable to make blankets anymore. It was really heartbreaking to me but I didn’t want her to know that so I didn’t tell anyone how I felt. A few weeks later a friend of mine presented me with a yellow crocheted baby blanket for our youngest. She didn’t know that I was sad my grandmother hadn’t been able to make one, she just wanted to make something for the baby.
Yes, I bawled. It was the pick me up I needed to thrive as a emotionally drained and extremely sleep deprived new mom of 3. Eventually I added that yellow blanket to the keepsakes once she had outgrown it and will one day give it to her to keep.
Ever since that day I’ve always tried to give handmade gifts as a baby gift. I’m not going to crochet a blanket for anyone since I don’t know how to do that and I can’t knit in a straight line yet. Plus I really don’t always have time to do what I would like to do such as a personalized bib and burp cloth set.
In the world of handmade baby items sometimes you just need something quick and easy but still cute and personalized. The best way to do this I’ve found is to pull together a really cute gift basket of your favorite baby products with a few personalized baby onesies or blankets using freezer paper stenciling.
There is nothing simpler than freezer paper stenciling. You can even do more than baby products! It works on most fabrics and will change your life.
1. Start by drawing your design on the rough side of the freezer paper. You can also cut it down to paper size and run it through your printer, just make sure the ink goes on the rough side or it will be a mess! I drew and elephant that would hopefully match the blanket.
2. Using scissors or an exacto knife, cut out the inside of the design only. Do not cut through the outline in any place or it will not work. You are basically making a stencil.
3. Place the freezer paper stencil shiny side down on the fabric where you want it to be. Lightly press it with a hot iron until it sticks in place. It happens very quickly.
4. Place an extra piece of freezer paper inside the onesie to keep the paint from seeping through the fabric and onto the back of the shirt. Use fabric paint to lightly dab the stencil. Do not brush too hard against the edge of the freezer paper or get the paint too thick. Excess paint can be removed by lightly dabbing it with a paper towel.
5. Carefully peel off the freezer paper to reveal your design. Let dry for a few hours. And you’re done! It’s easy.
This baby onesie took 10 minutes to make and then I let it dry for a few hours. TEN MINUTES! woo hoo!
A great way to show a mom you care is simply by giving to her. Give her your time to listen and help her, a few of your favorite Johnson’s baby products and really show her you care but giving her a handmade gift that you made with her child in mind.
Seeing these bottles bring back such good memories of bath time and caring for our kids when they were babies. Johnson’s wants to bring other moms the same great memories. Life is hard and so many of us are blessed. If we work together we can help moms of all walks of life raise happy and healthy families. (You can throw in a lil’ AMEN! if you want).
If you want to get all crafty and try out Freezer Paper Stenciling on a baby onesie, consider making a gift basket out of it and donating it to a mother in need like I am donating these products to a local mom to be. You can find out more about that through the Johnson’s really cool FB page here. If you don’t have time to do that right now, Pin this idea for later and then you can donate a photo and Johnson & Johnson’s will donate $1 for every photo shared! That’s one photo people! You can do that!
If you’re a social media lover, get involved with the #morehandsmorehearts hashtag to see how others are donating and jump into the conversation.
Now head to The Walmarts, as my favorite Pioneer Woman would say, and grab the supplies to make your own Freezer Paper Stenciled baby gift!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Johnson’s Baby and The Motherhood but freezer stenciling will still change your life. All opinions are my own, even that one.