I know today is typically "Replay Thursday" but baby girl is coming in 3 days (ahh!) and I have to finish sharing all the fun, cheap, or free projects I've been doing in preparation for her to come!
One of the things I wanted to do was
dress up the carseat
so it was just a bit more feminine!
We got this car seat for my son and it has worked out great for us.
(it's a Graco Snugride 35, in case you're curious. We've liked it because we were able to use it in a pinch for him - even as a toddler - because it will carry up to 35lbs. The downside is that it's BIG, so when your child is an infant it's quite the bulky thing to carry around. Just thought I'd share!)
It was bugging me that it's a pretty masculine, car seat. Tan and cream are pretty neutral, but all the red made it look pretty boy-ish. Plus the fact that my husband loves the "manly racing stripes" going down the back of it.
I obviously didn't want to buy a new car seat (they are expensive!) and am not handy enough to make an entire cover for the seat (props to you if you are!), so I changed it as simply as possible.
I removed the canopy,
and took it to the craft store with me to find some coordinating ribbon. (Remember to always use a coupon!!)
I didn't want to sew it on and didn't want to use anything super permanent (in case my next baby is a boy). So I went for my beloved hot glue gun!
I added two tiny drops at the end,
...and continued all the way down the stripe.
I added one little glue dot in the black center of each flower on my ribbon. Otherwise the glue would've shown through the ribbon because it's semi-sheer.
Perfect little touch of femininity.
Such a simple, temporary fix!
The ribbon is adhered well, but I could most likely take it off for the next time I have a boy.
See? Quick, cheap, easy.
Remember to get creative with your own items - always try to find ways to repurpose them before running out and buying new!