We’re debuting our jungle safari theme for a baby boy with a DIY welcome display. With such a fun theme, we couldn’t help but let our creativity ‘run wild’ with a lion, tiger, elephant, and giraffe on the loose—plus a monkey ‘hanging around.’ Come along and see how we put the display together!
Cork Board Sign + Cardboard Animals
We made sure arriving guests would know “It’s a Boy!” with a large message on a framed corkboard. Plus, we chose a ‘welcoming committee” of the cutest jungle animal cutouts to usher them into the party area! Here’s how you can recreate these:
Crafting the Sign
- Take a large sheet of cork board and mount it in a frame—or you may already have one in your home kitchen or crafts room.
- Decide on your message, then cut the needed letters out of jungle-inspired or animal print gift wrap or scrap booking paper.
- Mount the letters on your choice of background, then onto the cork board.
- Add a separate ‘welcome’ sign, possibly painted on wood planks or written on a mini chalkboard using colored chalk.
- Stand the sign on an easel or a small table, with old wooden crates to prop it up.
Creating the Animals
- Trace the silhouettes of your choice of jungle animals on corrugated board—aren’t our lion, elephant, and giraffe such charmers?
- Cut out the shapes with a crafting knife, then paint the entire surface (front and back) with the appropriate colors.
- For the facial features and other details, simply cut these out of colored art paper and glue them on.
- Prop the animal cutouts alongside the welcome display.
A Shower Gifts Station + ‘Jungle Vine’ Bunting
To complete the ‘wild, yet welcoming’ display, we incorporated a gifts station and devised our own take on bunting to suit the occasion!
Preparing the Gifts Station
- To assemble the gifts display area, set out fun, baby boy stuff and pile it into a wooden crate. A basket would do as well. In our case, we chose a toy tiger, a zebra-print towel, picture books (about jungle animals, of course), and a pile of little boy clothes.
- Then, add extra packing crates up front to hold the shower gifts that each guest will bring.
Assembling the Bunting
We couldn’t resist ‘swinging’ with the idea of a jungle vine as the perfect bunting for the occasion! To do the same:
- String up a clothesline alongside the party area and dress it up with loose leaves to simulate a jungle vine.
- Pin on little onesies, baby tees and shorts, socks, and mittens in place of the usual pennants.
- Add a cuddly stuffed monkey for an ‘authentic’ touch!
Stay tuned for more inspiring ideas for planning a jungle themed baby shower!