Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Make a Baby Clothesline

A baby clothesline is one of those baby shower items that can be used in many different ways. Use it as decoration after the gifts are opened, as a great gift for the mom after the shower is over, or as a display for taking pictures of the gifts as part of the keepsakes.

Here are instructions for assembling one:

You will need a standard clothesline (find one at any dollar store), diaper pins or clothes pins, and the baby items.

Find a secure place to hang your clothesline. You want it to be visible during the shower, but it should not get in the way as your guests are walking through the room. Hanging it against a wall is a good idea. If you ceiling is high enough, you can hang it so that it drapes through the center of the room (similar to how you would hang a streamer).

Next, as the gifts are being opened, assign one person to attach their gift to the line, attaching it with the diaper or clothes pin. You can also attach a card to each gift with the name of whoever bought the item. Or, after the clothesline is complete, use it as a game and see if the guests can remember who bought what.

Try to add variety to the clothesline by NOT hanging similar items next to each other. Scatter smaller items like bibs, hats and booties between the larger items (onesies, baby outfits, coats, etc.). Do not hang heavy items to the line, as the weight will cause it to fall.

Once the clothesline is complete, be sure to take a picture of it. If you can get the entire clothesline in one shot, that would be great. If not, section of the clothesline and take about 3 or 4 pictures.

After the baby shower is over, the mom-to-be can keep the clothesline as is until after the baby is born, or she can remove the items for packing.

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