I threw my first baby shower this year!… and my close friend had her first baby. Okay, one of these is more momentous than the other. The new mom is a laidback librarian-to-be, so she requested that for her baby shower guests bring books in lieu of other gifts (such a great way to build a library for baby!). From this we decided on a “bookworm” baby shower theme.
Inspired by Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and all of the Paper Source circle card and sticker options, I started playing with baby shower invitation ideas. My first thought was to use 1 1/4″ circle stickers to create a little bookworm on an A7 folded card with hand written details on the inside, but I quickly realized my handwriting wouldn’t look so pretty after 50 invitations! This card idea, did however, turn out to work perfectly for coordinating thank you notes, which I presented to the mom-to-be as a gift.
Next I experimented with printable circle stickers layered onto 5 1/2″ circle cards to create the body of the bookworm. I tried using ribbon to connect the circle cards together but it wasn’t providing the structure I needed to hold the bookworm’s shape. My co-worker suggested using colored brads instead… brilliant!
We knew a baby boy was on the way, so I focused on a playful color palette of chartreuse, pool, and poppy. After punching 1/4″ holes into pool circle cards (don’t forget, the outer circle cards for the head and tail end only need one punch), I used pool brads to secure the circle cards together. To add contrast, I printed the shower details onto chartreuse 4″ circle stickers. I think I’m good at eyeballing and centering without measuring, but I’m really not… so, in the interest of time and “mass” production I went for a fun (and intentional) off-center look layering the printed stickers onto the circle cards. It ended up giving the bookworm a nice sense of movement!
To create the face, I used eco-white 1 1/4″ circle stickers and punched 1/2″ circles out of chartreuse stickers to create bright eyes and half of a poppy 2 1/2″ circle sticker for a friendly smile. The antennae I made from a short length of poppy 1/4″ satin ribbon topped with poppy 1 1/4″ circle stickers (sticking two stickers front to back keeps them from sticking to anything else). A small dab of craft glue anchored the ribbon antennae to the back of the bookworm’s head.
Because of the brads the invitation easily folds over itself and fits into a poppy 5 3/4″ envelope. The guests were completely wow-ed when they received the invitations in the mail! The leftover circle cards and stickers from this project came in handy when decorating for the baby shower! For a super easy banner I stuck 4″ circle stickers (each printed with a letter) back to back along 1/4″ satin ribbon. And I made a table runner using a roll of pool roll wrap embellished with 1/4″ circle stickers in the form of little hungry caterpillars along the edges!
Now that Baby Nicholas has arrived, “Aunt” Jane is already plotting themes for his 1st birthday party! I do love that Octopus wrapping paper…
PS colors: pool & papaya
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