Handmade personalized baby shower book DIY [+ tutorial!]

A while back, a few friends and I offered to co-host a baby shower for our dear friend Rose. I’ve known Rose since we were in middle school, and it blows my mind that we both have kids now. (Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were listening to Smashmouth and playing Girl Talk?) For her baby shower, I wanted to do something special that would serve as a memory keeper for the party. So I made her a handmade personalized baby shower book—and I think it turned out beautifully.

This handmade DIY baby shower book is a sweet gift for a mama to be. Ten Thousand Hour MamaThis handmade DIY baby shower book is a sweet gift for a mama to be. Ten Thousand Hour MamaThis handmade DIY baby shower book is a sweet gift for a mama to be. Ten Thousand Hour Mama

With a little prep and planning, plus some after the baby shower effort, I put together this baby shower book. Because I never do anything on time, I have it to Rose when her daughter was like 4 months old. But that just means I threw a baby shower that kept on giving! Right?

This handmade DIY baby shower book is a sweet gift for a mama to be. Ten Thousand Hour Mama

Make a personalized baby shower book

I love this personalized baby shower book for a whole bunch of reasons, but here are a few:

  • It’s fast and easy. Planning or hosting a shower is a huge commitment, so it’s nice when your handmade details don’t take hours to complete.
  • It adds a personal touch.
  • Anyone can do it. You could be the least artistic person on the planet and still make a personalized baby book.
  • It is a baby shower keepsake. The expectant parents can look back at the baby shower book and remember the shower, who came and the messages guests wrote in the book.

A fun baby shower gift and activity: a baby shower book for guests to sign! Ten Thousand Hour MamaThis handmade DIY baby shower book is a sweet gift for a mama to be. Ten Thousand Hour Mama

Personalized Baby Shower Book Tutorial

If you’re ready to craft a handmade baby shower book for a friend, sister or another mama-to-be, here’s everything you need to know!

Supplies

  • 6×6 scrapbook paper in various colors and patterns
  • Washi tape
  • White paper
  • Camera
  • Pens

Instructions to make a personalized baby shower book

Before the baby shower:

  1. Trim the white paper to fit on the scrapbook paper squares, making sure to leave a one-inch margin where the binding will go. (I used an artist’s notepad and just trimmed off the jagged edges where I tore out the pages.)
  2. Using strips of washi tape, secure the white paper onto he scrapbook paper squares. You’ll want about the same number of pages as you have baby shower guests.

At the baby shower

  1. Set up a message making station at the baby shower. Arrange pens and the scrapbook paper squares on a table.
  2. Invite guests to write a message for the parents to be or their baby.
  3. Take photos at the baby shower. Snap posed and candid photos.

After the baby shower

  1. Print the best photos from the baby shower.
  2. Using strips of washi tape, secure the photos onto scrapbook paper squares.
  3. Write a message to the mom, baby or parents on a scrapbook paper square.
  4. Arrange the squares in the order in which you want them bound. I mixed photos and guest messages together. Don’t worry if you have extra blank scrapbook paper squares—include them! (The parents might want to jot down their own memories of the day.)
  5. At an office supplies store, have an employee bind the book. Ask them to include a flexible piece of plastic cut to measure 6×6 inches on the back and front covers.

Now you’re done!


Have you ever made a personalized baby shower book or another handmade gift for a mom to be? I’d love to hear about it!

For another handmade baby shower project, check out my DIY pregnancy journal!

9 thoughts on “Handmade personalized baby shower book DIY [+ tutorial!]

    • July 18, 2017 at 9:55 am
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      Brilliant idea! I bet it’d be even more special for a wedding.

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  • July 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    I’ve participated in writing pages for what will be baby shower books but I’ve never put one together: adding photos that you take that day in addition to the words is a great touch for visual memories as well as reading all the messages!

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    • July 18, 2017 at 9:55 am
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      Yeah, I’d never thought about that – it’s cool to see a finished product of something you’ve participated in!

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  • July 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm
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    HOW adorable… I absolutely love it…. and that cover is soooooo cute.

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    • July 18, 2017 at 9:54 am
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      Thanks Melissa! The photo is from the family—I can’t take credit for it. 🙂

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    • July 18, 2017 at 9:54 am
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      Thanks Suzy! It made me teary a couple times too. 😉

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  • July 20, 2017 at 6:15 pm
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    I love this! I tried doing this at my baby shower, but no one wanted to write baby a note 🙁 Oh well, hopefully I can make it happen for someone else’s shower!!!!

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