Princess Baby Carriage Decoration

This tabletop princess carriage is both a festive centerpiece and a decorative holder for cards and gift envelopes for the mom-to-be.

Princess Baby Carriage Centerpiece

You’ll need:

  • 4 strips of decorative lightweight pink scrapbook paper (3 1/2 by 12 inches)
  • Scrapbook paper scraps, white and two shades of purple
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Template for Princess Baby Carriage Decoration
  • Small decorative cardboard gift box with lid (the one shown here measures about 5 inches wide, 7 1/2 inches long, and 3 1/2 inches deep)*
  • Hot glue gun
  • 4 (same size) corks or thread spools
  • Small faux gems
  • 3 pink or purple foam visors (sold in craft stores and dollar stores)
  • Pink or purple headband

*You can also use a plain cardboard or wooden box of similar dimensions. Simply paint the box and cover pink or purple, or decoupage them with decorative paper.

Instructions:

1. First create a set of carriage wheels from the four scrapbook paper strips. Working with one strip at a time, start at a short end and fold the paper accordion-style, as shown, making the pleats about 3/8-inch wide. Apply glue to the face of the last pleat. Then bring the ends together, essentially folding the pleat in half to create a semi circle, as shown. Next, apply glue to the first pleat and again pinch the halves together to complete the wheel.

Folded Paper Strip Glued Folded Paper StripFolded Semi-Circle Paper

2. Print the template and use the pieces as patterns for cutting out the hubs and crown decorations from the specified colors of scrapbook paper. Glue the crown faces onto the crown backs, as shown. Then glue each completed crown to the center of a wheel hub and decorate it with mini faux gems. Finally, glue the hubs to the center face of each wheel. Set the wheels aside for a moment.

Purple Paper Crowns

3. Remove the lid from the box and hot-glue a cork or thread spool (set upright) to each corner, insetting them about an inch from the front and back. Invert the cover so that it stands up on the four corks (this will serve as the base of the carriage). Now glue the paper wheels to the sides of the box lid, as shown, to hide the corks.

Lid with Cork LegsWheels with Purple Crown Centers

4. For the carriage hood, remove the curly back straps from the three foam visors. Then hot glue the lower sides of each visor to one end of the open box, slightly overlapping them.

5. Finally, hot glue the ends of the headband “carriage handle” to the opposite end of the box, as shown, and set the assembled carriage top into its lid base.

Box with Visors and Headband Detail

For more Princess fun, check out the official Disney Princess site.

For more inspiration to help plan the perfect baby shower, take a look at the Huggies Baby Shower Pinterest page.
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