When I began planning a baby shower with a group of other ladies, we tried to think of some alternatives to the typical shower games. I always like providing a blank book or cards for the guests to write thoughts, memories, and advice for the expecting mother/family (kind of like an informal guest book), and one of the other hostesses told us that she remembered another shower where the hostesses had given the Mom-to-be a ring with cards on it for guests to write prayers and verses. Then they tied pieces of ribbon onto it, so that the new Mother could read the cards while holding the baby who could play with the ribbons. We all liked that idea, so we decided to make a ring of cards and ribbons, and guests could write thoughts, advice, memories, prayers, verses, or pretty much whatever they wanted. Being the “paper person” of the group, that project was assigned to me. 🙂
I found some cute scraps of patterned paper in pinks and greens, and bought solid cardstock to match. I cut the cardstock down to 3.5″x4.25″ (6 cards per letter-sized sheet of cardstock), and cut strips of patterned paper to .75″x3.5″. After I had adhered the patterned paper strips to the left edge of the cards, I punched a hole in the top left corner of each card and strung them all on the ring (the patterned paper acts as reinforcement for the hole punch in addition to adding a nice decorative touch to each card). I used a plain bracelet like this from the jewelry section of the craft store, but something like a twist-end bangle or even a regular binder ring from an office supply store would work well. I also bought a wooden letter from the baby’s name to decorate and glue on the front, and I layered that with other pieces of the coordinating paper to make a cover card. I was very pleased with the results, and so was our friend. I am guessing I will be making quite a few more of these for future showers!