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DIY Baby Wreaths for Hospital Doors

by Kathryn Rateliff Barr

Hospital postpartum wings see many families celebrating the birth of a new family member. Each family has its own way of celebrating this momentous occasion. Friends and family members who come to visit may bring various celebratory gifts, including flowers, clothes for the baby, cards and balloons. One way to honor the birth of the baby includes making a small wreath to hang on the door of the hospital room. You can make your own baby wreath with a few inexpensive items and a little time.

Purchase a small Styrofoam ring at a craft store or in the craft section of a department store. Wrap the ring with brightly colored ribbon by passing the ribbon in and over the top of the circle and pin the end into place with a T-pin or a floral pin or add a small drop of hot glue to the end of the ribbon. The ribbon can be the traditional pink for girls and blue for boys or match the nursery colors. The parents can hang the wreath at home once the hospital discharges the mother and new baby.

Weave greenery and flowers into the wreath with hot glue or floral pins. Wrap ivy garlands around the wreath, for example, and stick the stems of flowers into the Styrofoam.

Use baby items such as pacifiers, booties, plastic baby bottles, rattles, baby toys and other decorative items available at the craft store. Secure the wire part of floral picks to each item and add them to the wreath, covering the picks with the greenery and flowers. You can also loop thread around some of the items and attach them to ribbon runners that will hang off of the wreath.

Create a printed banner to drape across the center on the wreath with the name of the baby and the birth date. Tack the banner into place with floral pins, making sure that you bury the sharp end inside the Styrofoam.

Wrap a firm loop of heavy string around the top of the wreath and tie it into a loop to hang the wreath on the door. Glue it into place on the back of the wreath where it won’t be seen from the front side. Add a big bow at the top of the wreath, directly in front of where you placed the hanger.

Items you will need
  • Styrofoam wreath
  • Ribbon
  • T-pin or floral pins
  • Hot glue gun
  • Greenery
  • Flowers
  • Ivy garland
  • Baby items
  • Floral picks
  • Banner
  • Heavy string
  • Bow

About the Author

Rev. Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994. She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from Centenary College of Louisiana. Studies include midwifery, naturopathy and other alternative therapies.

Photo Credits

  • Melissa Kirk/Demand Media