Several months ago, I noticed a really cool trend for baby showers on the internet while brainstorming ideas for my best friend Margaret's baby shower: baby sock corsages. These creations are a nifty little gift for the new mom-to-be, for baby showers, and for grandparents-to-be. However, baby sock corsages definitely don't come cheap, especially if you have your heart set on one of the more adorable and personalized designs.
As a more crafty minded thinker, I started contemplating the best way to design my own baby sock corsages to ensure that the recipient of said corsages received exactly what I had in mind. However, the quest for directions for baby sock corsages isn't really an easy one. This proved to be even trickier as I had never designed a floral corsage before, let alone from scratch. Further, there are no simple directions on the internet thus far for such a project. Many of the "how to"s I encountered online left out alot of important details out, leaving me to tweak the steps for more practical purposes.
For this project, you will need:
- Small baby socks, either ruffled or non-ruffled. Many crafters suggest ruffled socks; I found these to be pretty bulky. It really depends on whether you like closed bud or open bud roses. The ruffled socks give a more open bud appearance, whereas the straight edge baby socks have a more closed bud appearance. Also, the colored socks are more fun, and can be found in ten packs at Walmart.
- Small silk roses in corresponding colors to your baby socks. Pink and purple silk roses mixed with pink and purple baby socks roses work well for girls, and blue and white silk roses with matching blue baby socks work well for boys. I found beautiful light pink closed bud roses at the Dollar General in the floral section.
- Floral Wire. Your best deal will probably end up being at Walmart.
- Baby's breath. Believe it or not, this was one of the hardest items to find on the list. The only place that carries lifelike looking baby's breath is Walmart. I wasn't too fond of the baby's breath at Michaels only because it was made out of silk and had very big buds.
- Two rolls of ribbon. You'll need one roll in white, and one roll in either pink or blue. For my design, I chose a medium pink to compliment the hues of pink in the roses and the white ribbon. Thin ribbon is best, because you don't want it to distract attention away from the corsage itself. If you prefer thicker ribbon, just make sure the silk roses are smaller in comparison to the ribbon.
- Corsage pins or regular jewelry pins. I used standard crafting pins because they have a more secure clasp.
- Clear drying glue.
- White tulle
- Small pacifiers and other decor. (Optional).
For easy to understand directions for designing your own baby sock corsages, simply scroll through the list to view the project step by step.