A personal project by zerouno design.
This has been a long time in the making and it’s taken me a long time to post it out as well..
I love Philadelphia. Everything about it. The sports. The city. The architecture. The arts. The restaurants. The bars. Even the smell. Philly is my favorite city. So over a year ago when I was planning to move out on my own and was deciding how I would decorate a new space, a map of my favorite city seemed like something I definitely needed.
So naturally I went on Etsy, I looked around on Pinterest but I just couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. And then I stopped and thought, “Hold on. I’m a freaking artist, duh!”. So I sat down and made one myself.
It took hours/days/weeks, probably about 300 overlaying GoogleMap screenshots, and I file too large to even think about not to mention those “Oh shit, why did I do it that way. I OBVIOUSLY should have done it THAT way!” moments at the end. But I finally finished it.
And now I’m selling it. I opened myself up a little Etsy shop and it’s yours if you want it. If you’d like to buy my print please hop over to my Shop. But if you’re cool enough to be reading this post right now, I’m offering a Promo Code: BlogPromo, if you enter this at checkout you get $10.00 off! Promo expires July 1, 2014, so don’t wait too long!
I’m that person who ignores everything you have on your registry and goes out and buys you cute clothes or fun things. Sorry.. but why would I want to buy you a boring car seat or bottles, I know you’ll need them but that’s just no fun for me. I do keep it practical though. And by practical I mean things you will still use but also practical on my end. There are people out there that sell ready made diaper cakes that you can buy online for $70+. Well that takes the fun out of it too! I like to make things like that myself and I also like to share how I do it so you can make it and not spend $70 on $30 worth of materials. So…
Baby Shower Owls
The friend I made these for didn’t know what she was having so I made 2 owls, a green and a yellow but obviously if you do know what they are having you can go pink or blue or whatever you want. You do however, want to get items that go together.
*These are the materials for 1 owl.
What you’ll need:
- 20 any size diapers
- Most diapers don’t come in packs of 20, I made 2 owls so I got a pack of 40.. save them for another baby or use them in place of the onesies below..?
- I don’t recommend newborn size because they grow out of newborn quickly and you’ll be opening the packs and won’t be able to return them. ‘They’ also say not to get anything too far down the road because then the parents have to store them. I went with size 2; but players choice.
- 1 swaddle blanket
- Or at least not a blanket that’s too thick.
- 6 onesies OR 6-8 diapers
- These will be the eyes. Technically, this can be made of pretty much anything; onsies, blankets, more diapers, burpees, etc. You’ll just need an even number and when rolled should be proportionate to the body. Obviously diapers is the easy choice because you’ll probably have extra but I was trying to get as many different things in this owl as possible.
- 3 baby washcloths
- Aim for 2 that are the same color/pattern and an orange or yellow one if you can
- 1 bib
- thin/medium thickness ribbon
- 2 flowers or 2 large/oversized buttons
- Optional: 2 Pipe cleaners/paper clips
- Optional: It’s also helpful to have a circular cake pan on hand
What you need to do:
- This is the trickiest part: I didn’t use the cake pan when I did it but I did when I was helping a friend build a diaper cake another time and it was helpful. You’ll follow roughly the same steps as I did except you’ll (hopefully) be doing it inside a cake pan. Take 20 diapers in a pile and carefully bend and stagger them so them resemble the picture below.
- Cut a long string of ribbon and, following the natural direction that the diapers flow, (counterclockwise in the picture above) tie the ribbon around the diapers to form a circular ball (picture below). This will be the owl’s body. Hard part it over!
- Take your onesies or diapers or whatever you decided to use for the eyes and roll them into a cylinder.
- So, I used 6 onesies. Start by laying 3 onesies on top of each other and folding the arms and a little bit of the onsie in. Then roll the 3 onsies from bottom to top and tie together with more ribbon so it doesn’t come apart.
- If you’re using diapers, start with rolling one diaper into a cylinder, then add another diaper around it. Add diapers until you feel its big enough, I would say between 3-4 diapers per eye should be enough, but use your judgement because I didn’t use diapers. Tie with ribbon.
- Anything else you use; you can probably just roll up, you want the end result to be a cylinder but also the same thickness as the owl’s body so that when it sits on top it doesn’t hang over the front or back.
- Repeat step 3 with the 3 other onesies (or diapers, etc).
- Take the yellow or orange washcloth and lay it out. Fold the bottom corner up to the top corner so you have an obtuse triangle. Take the bottom 2 corners and fold them in so the tips are touching. This is your beak. Lay it aside for a second, we’ll use it in the next step.
- Tie the 2 eyes together by threading ribbon through the each roll of onesies/diapers. Lie the beak (washcloth) on top of the body so that the last pointy end hangs over the front. Then tie each eye to the body by threading ribbon through each eye and then the body. You’ll end up with ribbon connecting Eye 1 to Eye 2, Eye 1 to Body and Eye 2 to Body and a beak sticking out in the middle.
- Fasten the bib around the center and under the beak so it hangs in front of the body diaper circle.
- Take one of the remaining washcloths and lay it out flat, like a diamond. The ears will be flimsy unless you use the pipe cleaners, but that’s up to you. If you’re using the pipe cleaner lay it flat starting at the center of the diamond pointing down. Fold the top corner down to the bottom corner (the pipe cleaner will be touching the crease) so you have another obtuse triangle. Take the top right corner and fold it down to the bottom corner, do the same with the top left corner; you should have another diamond. Take the right corner and fold it into the center, do the same with the left corner; they should touch at the center. Fold the top corner down to the bottom corner and adjust the piper cleaner so it sits at a 90 degree angle.
- Stick either end of the ear into the folds of one of the eyes and adjust so it sticks up right.
- Repeat steps 8 & 9 with the remaining washcloth.
- Lay the blanket out and fold it so it is no longer than 2 1/2′ and 6″ wide. This will be your wings. Lay the blanket over top of the diapers so the wings hang evenly to each side. Take another string of ribbon and start by placing it under the bid and tie it around the back, securing the blanket to the owl.
- I was really looking for large oversized buttons, but I bought fake flowers and cut the steams off for the eyes.
- If you go the flower route leave about 2 inches on the steam so you can stick it through the middle of the onesies/diapers. My flowers were a little big so you should look for flowers that are about 2″ wide.
- If you go the button route you can thread it with the ribbon similar to how we tied the diaper rolls together.
And that’s it. Here are my finished products.. As usually, I altered my directions above to account for the things I would do differently next time.
Stay tuned for my next baby shower gift idea coming soon (can’t post yet because the shower hasn’t happened and I don’t want to ruin the surprise)!