Easy & Inexpensive baby gift

A friend of mine had a baby last week and I was trying to think of a gift for them. They don’t need anymore clothes & I didn’t want something to expensive. So when I came across a link last week for a printable initial nursery print I had a great idea for a quick, easy, and cheap project!

What you need:

  • Paper trimmer¬†(all ready had this)
  • Scrapbook adhesive or double sided tape¬†(all ready had this)
  • 1 sheet of white cardstock (all ready had this)
  • 1 sheet of 12″x12″ patterned paper to match your print (on sale for $0.20)
  • 1 8″x10″ frame to match your print (I actually got an 11″x13″ frame – but more on that later)

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You can make the print in a variety of colors to match the baby’s nursery which is super handy. I picked yellow and gray. Once you have created your print you can save it and then print it on white cardstock. You could even print it on regular printer paper if that is all you have on hand since it will be framed and behind glass.

When I went to Michaels to get a frame everything in my size that would have worked would have meant taking the “inexpensive” out of the title of this blog post. I came across an 11″x13″ frame (that was matted down to 8″x10″) in the clearance section for only $6. Score! I decided to grab this instead and rethink things a little when I got home.

I decided to cut another matting out of yellow & white paper to put on top of the white matting. I made it 1/2″ smaller than the outside dimensions and 1/4″ larger than the inside dimensions. Once I had to cut out I VERY CAREFULLY lined it up with the matting and used my adhesive to put it down.

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For the print part of the project I had to rethink things as well. I resized the image to 4.75″x6.75″ and matted it with a 5.25″x7.25″ piece of grey and white paper. The middle of the frame had a portion that was lifted up that you were supposed to attach your picture to. Then there was some cardboard that you put behind the matting to lift it up, giving the whole thing a shadow box feel. Once my image was matted I attached it to the center portion with some scrapbooking adhesive as well.

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Then you just put your matting back in the frame and TA DA – you have a relatively easy, cute, and inexpensive baby gift.

The total cost of this project was $6.59!

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This would also be a great baby shower gift (if you knew the name ahead of time) or even a gift for a “big girl” room. The fact that you can change out the colors and the letter/name really makes it a versatile printable. So much fun!

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