Unbelievably Cute Baby Shower Favors You Can Make Yourself
Searching for cute baby shower favors that you can make yourself? Try these ideas for party favors that are easy to put together (and that won’t break the bank!). They’re inspired takes on classic baby shower ideas, from pretty plants to edible treats, that you can assemble in an afternoon, leaving you more time to enjoy the baby shower! (And if you’d like to learn how to re-create the creative calligraphy on these favors, check out this book for a tutorial.)
Mini Succulent Pots
Teensy succulents in small white pots commemorate the shower in a thoughtful, unfussy way.
How-To: Mini Succulent Pots
You’ll need tiny tin buckets or clay pots, single small succulents (which you can pick up at your local garden store), as well as tags and a permanent marker. Plant the succulents in the pots, write a short note on each card, and then tie them to the pots. We like a cute phrase like “Grow!” for a sweet themed touch.
Nail polishes are a foolproof baby shower favor. Offer an assortment of pastels, or pick a polish shade that echoes the theme of your shower.
How-To: Pastel Polishes
Pick up an assortment of your favorite nail polishes at the drugstore, choosing a color theme that coordinates with your shower. Tie a complemetary pastel, floral or fabric flower to the polish bottle for a lovely touch.
“Ready to Pop” Popcorn Bags
Send your guests home with bags of your favorite popcorn. It’s a thoughtful favor they can nibble on during their drive home.
How-To: “Ready to Pop” Popcorn Bags
You’ll need clear favor bags, your favorite (popped) popcorn, and ribbon. Fill the bags with popcorn, tie them at the top with ribbon, and affix a card with “Ready to Pop!” printed in pretty calligraphy.
DIY Wildflower Garden
Guests will love this tiny DIY wildflower garden that they can grow on their windowsill.
How-To: DIY Wildflower Garden
You’ll need six-count egg cartons, soil, plastic favor bags, ribbon, and packets of wildflower seeds. Fill the favor bags with soil and tie the bags with ribbon. Pack the bag of soil and flower seed packets into the egg carton. Tie the carton with a ribbon. Include instructions if you’d like—guests should pour the soil into the carton, plant the seeds, and tend the mini garden as their flowers grow.
Lip Balm Rattles
This DIY is a clever baby shower favor that is just as cute as it is useful.
How-To: Lip Balm Rattles
You’ll need cardstock designs (such as the rounded flower shown here), popsicle sticks, and round, screw-top lip balms (such as EOS). You'll also need white spray paint to paint the popsicle sticks, a cardboard cutting knife, and a round hole punch. Cut a hole in the center of the cardstock design with the knife, ensuring that it is big enough to fit over the center of the lip balm when it is unscrewed. Unscrew the lip balm, fit the base into the cardstock from the back, and then screw the top of the lip balm on, sealing the rattle in place. Glue or paste the painted popsicle stick onto the back of the rattle, and punch out a round dot of the cardstock to add to the bottom of the popsicle stick with tape or glue.
Gender Reveal Confetti Cookies
Gender reveals are an important celebration. This fun party, usually hosted by the couple and attended by close friends and family, celebrates (and reveals) the baby's gender. Some couples celebrate with balloons and confetti, some couples celebrated with cupcakes, and some (the smart ones, if we do say so!) celebrate with confetti-filled cookies. Elevate your baby shower or gender reveal with these darling Gender Reveal Confetti Cookies – you can customize with sprinkles and cookie cutter shapes. It's a quick, fool-proof sugar cookie recipe topped with royal icing and filled with bright sprinkles. We'd recommend making these for a friend or family member – or, recruiting a friend to make them for you.
Sweet blankets tied with a ribbon are an easy and crowd-pleasing favor. (Not to mention time saving—this DIY project will take you all of ten minutes!)
How-To: Woven Blankets
Choose an assortment of woven blankets in pink, blue, or a color that coordinates with the theme of your shower. Roll the blankets, tie the rolls with ribbon, and add a note of thanks to the favor.
Roasted Peanut-Filled Favors
As long as you don’t have any peanut allergies at the party, these bags of roasted peanuts are sweet favors to send home with your guests.
How-To: Roasted Peanut-Filled Favors
Find the cutest favor bags you can muster and tie a “Little Peanut” card to the exterior. Place the favor bags next to a tin of roasted peanuts (with a scoop!) so that guests can fill their own favor bags as they leave the party.
Mini Bottles of Champagne
This easy DIY is always a crowd-pleaser for the adults at the party.
How-To: Mini Bottles of Champagne
Fill a Champagne bucket with mini bottles of your favorite Champagne or rosé. Affix cards that say “Sip Sip Hooray!” or another cheeky phrase for an easy DIY that your guests are sure to enjoy later. You can also cut pretty patterned paper in pink or blue to fit around the bottle. Tape the ends of the paper together at the back of the bottle for an extra-special touch and spot of pattern.
“Sprinkled with Love” Sprinkles
This festive favor is sweet in more ways than one. Send your guests home with a canister of sweet sprinkles with an even sweeter message.
How-To: “Sprinkled with Love” Sprinkles
Fill a bowl with multi-colored sprinkles and surround the bowl with empty canisters so that guests can fill their sprinkle bottles to take home. Add stickers that say “Sprinkled with Love.” You can swap the multi-colored sprinkles for all pink, all blue, all green, or all yellow. Or fill bowls with each sprinkle color so that guests can layer their favorites. Cut patterned paper tape to the width and circumference of the canister cap rim for another pretty pop of color.
These DIYs serve double duty at your party—as centerpieces and as favors. Create these tulip vases as table centerpieces, and send your guests home with them after the party’s over.
How-To: Tulip Centerpieces
Fill tall, clear glass vases 1/3 full of water. Insert cut tulips, alternating the way the stems lean, so that the blooms cluster together at the top. Coordinate colors, as in the above photo, or mix and match the bloom colors in each vases.