Last weekend, I helped host a baby shower for one of my sister-in-laws. She's due just 2.5 weeks before me and I couldn't be more excited for my kiddos to finally have a cousin on my husband's side of the family!
The morning of the shower I had major deja vu; it felt like not that long ago I was headed to my own shower for Eli. I remember being so excited to see everyone I loved and just have a chance to talk ALL morning about MY baby and what was happening and what was to come.
And I was also really excited about the food. Probably a bit too excited. But that's just what makes a pregnant lady's world (and belly) go round, you know?
We wanted to make the shower super special for my sister-in-law and our original plan was to have to shower outside in my mother-in-law's beautiful backyard. But the Minnesota weather proved to be a bit too cool (It was about 55 degrees out when we were supposed to be having the shower.), so we decided to host it inside so people didn't freeze. Luckily, my mother-in-law has a gorgeous home outside and in, so it was still a beautiful shower.
It was just one of those things where you do tons of planning, crafting and preparation with one thing in mind, then have to totally repurpose it to work somewhere completely different at the last minute. Had we known, we may have planned it a bit differently, but I think it turned out well with what we were given.
Today I'm going to show you one of the biggest things we crafted up that made a huge impact on the decor, these huge, nay, giant kraft paper flowers. Perfecto for baby showers, bridal showers or really anything that needs a lil' fall/rustic touch.
But first, a bit of info on the shower. While I won't go into full detail of all we did, the food we served, etc., as rustic showers are a dime a' dozen on Pinterest, I will tell you that a successful rustic fall shower is made up of plenty of two things: ditch flowers and burlap.
Us country girls at heart know how to take full advantage of those ditch flowers. Ditch flowers are totally free and I love how you can transform something that looks sorta lonely on its own into something so beautiful when you combine them together. You just have to be willing to get in that ditch and deal with all the wildlife near those wildflowers. I nearly stepped on a snake, I kid you not. It was all I could do to not run straight back inside and never come out again. But over the years I've learned to remain chill in front of a snake, so don't worry. I looked super cool in front of him as he slithered by.
I'm sure he was impressed.
For the burlap, you can snag burlap at about three bucks a yard (then of course, be sure to apply a coupon!), so it's awesome to use all over the place with a shower like this.
We had a few placemats that already fit the rustic theme, but we needed quite a few more, so we cut additional ones from burlap. After you cut them, you can easily fray the edges by just pulling out a few threads. No sewing required!
But as my mother used to say to me, "Don't judge, no one is making you drink it."
Touché mother. Touché.
And the day after.
Yep, I totally pulled the pregnancy card and owned those leftovers.
They're a bit putzy, but they were soooo worth it.
Here's how easy it is to make 'em.
- Large roll of kraft paper for petals (I purchase mine at Home Depot - way cheaper than any craft store!)
- Pretty paper for the stamen/eye of the flower. You'll need two coordinating pieces of paper per flower
- Hot glue gun
To make the eye, or stamen, of the flower, cut out two circles from two different colors of paper. I just used mixing bowls as a template, one was 11" and one was about 9". You don't need anything exact here, just one larger circle about 12" and one smaller circle.
Once your petal is cut out, cut a line about 5" up the middle of the petal. Create eight of these.
Repeat for all your petals.
Once you have a base, glue in your three additional petals on to make it look more full.
And that's it! You're done!
Fast and easy, right?