Make a Family Photo Tree Centerpiece

This family tree is a picture-perfect baby shower decoration.

Floral expert Dia Collins shows how to create unique and inexpensive decorations for a baby shower. The main thing you need is a little creativity.

Branch Tree

Materials and Tools:

tree branches from your yard
small photos of the parents as babies and/or photos of the parents*
bowl or vase
floral foam
craft foam
transparent tape
ribbon

* Note: Get these by asking their parents or siblings ahead of time.

Steps:

1. Place craft foam inside the centerpiece container.

2. Insert branches into the foam.

3. Attach photos to craft foam with tape.

4. Attach photos to the tree with ribbon.

Personalized Pots

Materials and Tools:

terra-cotta pots
kitchen sponges cut into fun shapes and letters or store-bought ones (inexpensive and available at most craft stores)
water-based craft paint
small paintbrush
cleaned-out steel can with label peeled off
floral frog
flowers of choice or in season
moss

Steps:

1. Paint each pot the color of your choice, or coordinate with the gender of the child if known.

2. Place the can inside the pot, then add the floral frog.

3. Place the flowers inside the frog, then line rolled-up pieces of aluminum foil around the edge to hold the decorations up in the pot.

4. Hide all of that with moss.

5. Cut out kitchen sponges in various shapes and letters, or buy inexpensive alphabet foam letters at a craft store.

6. Dip the letters and shapes in paint, and press them onto each pot. If you don't know the name of the baby, include a package of the whole alphabet and paint so mom can do it later.

7. Touch up any smudges or holes from the sponge with a small paintbrush.

8. Use as a centerpiece or to sporadically decorate around the house. Once the party's over, have each guest take one home, or give them all to the expecting mom.

Other Ideas

  • Place a plush toy inside a floral arrangement that you've created. Just place aluminum foil over a piece of floral foam to protect it from the getting wet.
  • Make miniature floral arrangements with just a few flowers and miniature vases; scatter them around the house as decorations.
  • Decorate party napkins with a few fresh flowers, ribbon and toys. Many florists will discount flowers when the blooms are already open.
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