Lost and found
Take the usual expected birth stats to a new level with an adorable DIY photo announcement inspired by Delia Hauser: Tell baby’s story using a montage of found objects to present measurements, such as a scale, a clock or a ruler. We love the idea of adding family heirlooms to the staging, like Grandpa’s pocket watch or Granny’s necklace.
We can’t wait to try this idea for DIY Instagram announcement magnets, as imagined by See Kate Sew. The charming details of baby’s first few days are captured in perfect 2-by-2-inch form. We love how the announcements become interactive keepsakes when paired with a magnet backing. Goodbye, ordinary prints!
Made in Washington
These letterpress announcements are a captivating way to commemorate baby’s birthplace. Printed on an antique press, they feature iconic Seattle-inspired sketches. The Creative Lab Press shop on Etsy has dozens of themes to choose from ($5 each).
Here’s an adorable baby announcement idea for the growing family featured over at Cutting Creations. A simple card is decorated with nesting dolls (one for each family member) all in a row, including a tiny surprise resting quietly inside the mama doll. Draw the dolls by hand, use scrapbook paper to cut out colorful shapes, or create the cards on your computer and print. The more personalized the better!
We’re having a…
Here’s a cute photo op for the big reveal featured at Mallory Buck Photography. The setup couldn’t be any easier – you’ll need a cardboard box, pink or blue balloons, and the help of a sharp-shooting cameraman. It’s smart to have a few dozen balloons on standby, just in case the first shots turn out to be bloopers.
Looking for a special way to surprise your family with new baby news? The gals over at Pretty I See created darling little boxes with, “A little birdie told me…” on the outside, and on the inside recipients find hand-stenciled bags that read, “You’re going to be a....” The sweet idea goes along with their “little birdie” themed announcement party. Head over to the full post to check out the other tweet touches.
Here’s another cute baby announcement photo idea featured over at FlashFlashPhotograph. A simple photo with mom and dad’s feet, plus a little pair of blue baby shoes announces a new baby boy without saying a single word. A picture really is worth a thousand words (or Facebook Likes)!
For babies due around the holidays, this idea for an announcement ornament over at Making Home Base beats any ol’ “Baby’s First Christmas” idea out there. Fill a clear ornament with family members’ hopes for baby or memories of mom’s pregnancy. Or, fill the ornament with baby’s info (like height, weight, and name). Make enough for everyone and they’ll be treasured for years to come.
We need this shirt now! Guest blogger Miranda of One Little Minute shares a DIY tutorial for a countdown calendar shirt over at DIY Maternity. Stencil on the weeks 1 through 40, and cross off the weeks as they go by. Make sure you buy a shirt large enough to take you through to the end! Head over to the full post for step-by-step instructions on how to get the stenciling just right.
Lost & Found
Mom and photographer Charlotte of By Rosenhoff takes baby announcements to a whole new level with this adorable photo idea. Using found objects like blocks, clocks, and rulers, baby’s story is told. We love the idea of using family heirlooms in the staging, too, like Grandpa’s pocket watch, or Granny’s necklace.
Paint the town
…or maybe just your birth announcements. We love how the folks over at The Coterie Blog took basic printed announcements and jazzed ‘em up with a little watercolor art. Why not have big bro or big sis grab a brush to add a special touch?
This ethereal see-through envelope idea featured over at Lilly Jane Illustration is a stunner. By no means boring, these announcements are sure to be memorable. Simply print the announcement text onto the envelopes (this DIY uses glassine bags) and place your favorite photo inside. Darling!
One, Then Two
This photo idea featured over at Life as a Thrifter is a creative way to announce a new baby on the way. Simply stage two chairs and have big sis hold a sign saying “One” and put a sign saying “Two” in the second chair. What a great way to surprise your family and friends by email or social media!
We've always loved the delicate art of needlepoint. This idea for an embroidered hoop over at Gwenny Penny ticks all of our boxes for a sweet baby announcement. Mama Gwen even includes personal touches in the mini-pennants (like a little cow and colors to match the nursery). Make one for new baby’s nursery, or one for each of your loved ones. The happy hoops are destined to be family heirlooms.
We can’t wait to try this idea for DIY Polaroid-inspired announcements featured over at Fresh Baked Paper Goods. The hand-drawn details are so charming, and we love how the announcements become interactive with the addition of a DIY Polaroid. Head over to the full post for a list of what you’ll need for the project, and say goodbye to ordinary announcements!
The trend of initials as art is circling the blogosphere, but the personal touches make this idea at Moglea Design one-of-a-kind. Baby’s height, weight, birth time, and more are painted in delicate handwriting on a wooden initial – a beautiful keepsake.
Adding one more to the bunch? Surprise your family snail-mail style with DIY postcards! This photo idea over at Johnson Family AZ is great inspiration. Line up the siblings for a fun photo shoot with numbered tees, and use a new onesie for baby. Who wouldn’t love getting this in the mail?
Puppy Dog Tails
We imagine this fancy idea featured at Paper Crave at a preppy polka-dotted tea party reveal party, probably hosted by Kate Spade herself. The sweet cards reveal baby’s gender by answering the question “What’s our little one made of?” – So, sugar and spice and everything nice, or snips, snails, and puppy dog tails. Unbelievably adorable.