Have you ever noticed in life how things happen in three’s? Currently I have three friends at work that are expecting babies within just a couple of months of each other. This “baby wave” has brought a breath of fresh air to the school where I work. It has been a long time since we have had a “baby season”. I really wanted to create a gift that would be something special and personal. Farmhouse style, shiplap and wood gave me the inspiration for the gift I wanted to make.
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First Up- Baby Milestone Markers
I love the the baby milestone marker trend. So, I thought I would laser engrave a set for not only the months but for other milestones too. Some sweet and some silly. For example; taco Tuesday (obviously only for taco loving parents- Lol). How about first tooth, first haircut, first full night of sleep or first whatever. Even the big sisters were not forgotten! Before I start I mask my wood to keep the “burn” from looking charred.
The Purpose of the Markers
These “milestone markers” are used in pictures to narrate an event. They can be laid down, held, or propped up creatively in photos to give them an extra pop of unique charm.
Packaging is Important
As my idea was coming together I thought it would be super cool to have a pretty way to present them. The milestone markers were going to be rustic and wood. I thought the idea of grouping them together as a set inside one of these muslin, drawstring bags would be perfect. Next, I whipped out my Cricut and some plain, black HTV (heat transfer vinyl). Then made the perfect, personalized package (say that 3 times fast-Lol). A gift bag that can be used well after the baby has outgrown the gift.
Shiplap Baby Name Sign
Since I knew the name that the couple had chosen, I decided to go one step further and make a name sign. A sign for the baby that would fit with the theme of their nursery. They decided on a rustic woodland theme with sort of neutral colors with animals like bears, foxes, racoons, etc.
I had a perfect base pattern from a fellow laser fan. Mark J Collier from Big Blue Laser Designs created this FREE nifty “shiplap” looking circle. Mark is actually what I’d call a laser Guru. He has lots of great, laser friendly designs in his Etsy shop.
I used Inkscape to design all the milestone markers, the bear and name. Inkscape is a free graphic design program you can use to create a variety of files. You can create files like SVG’s, PNG’s, PDF’s, etc. All of which are important if you have a cutting machine like Cricut, Silhouette, or a laser like the Glowforge. Even without the laser you could come pretty close to making this whole project! You could do this with just using your Cricut with some minimal alterations. I have included the bear file I created below for you to use in your projects.
Sign Making is Addicting!
Baltic Birch plywood was used for constructing the base and name. Then I started assembling the “shiplap” circle base. Basic wood glue was used. I painted it using Stormy Sky Pickling Wash by Folk Art. Flat black was used for the name. Walnut wood was used for the bear. The bear was left in its natural Walnut finish. Adding the name on top of the bear after the black paint had dried completed the sign. A second and slightly different personalized muslin sack was used to wrap and protect the sign. Then, both gifts were placed into a box and wrapped. I was so excited and ready for the first of the three baby showers.
The expression of the mommy-to-be when she opened the gift literally made me feel like it was worth its weight in gold. There is just something so rewarding in creating something that will be treasured by those you care about.
Now It’s Your Turn!
The best part of this project is it can be customized in as many ways as you can imagine. Just think, you could create this for any age. This project would be fun for any child in your life. From girly flowers to big trucks or something in between. The design is totally up to you! If this inspires you to try a project like this then please post it on your Instagram with the #kimsdiytribe hashtag. I’d LOVE to see your creations!