Easy Vintage-Inspired Baby Shower Idea

By Brittni • Updated on 02/23/2024

Baby Shower DIY

Last weekend, I put together some decorations for my sister-in-law’s baby shower and I’d thought I would share just a couple of the projects with you guys. The topic of babies never comes up around here, but since this is also in the DIY category, I figured it was fair game. Not to mention, there are close to zero baby shower decorations out there that I can actually get on board with. So maybe there’s a need for a couple of ideas?

I’ll be sharing the second project on Wednesday, but the first is super simple: vintage baby shoe vases.

Vintage Baby Shoes Turned into Baby Shower Vases

DIY Baby Shower Idea

I found five or six pairs of vintage baby shoes at an antique shop by my house and I couldn’t resist. They were just so tiny and cute. And only $2 a pair! I ended up using them as decorations around the food table and a couple of other areas, as is. But you can also covert them into mini vases in a flash.

All you need is a tiny vase or container that you can fill with water (that fits inside each shoe) and a few flowers. I used Lavender Cremons, Dusty Miller, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

Baby Shower DIY Centerpiece

Baby Shoe Vase Centerpiece Idea

Vintage Baby Shoes

Baby Shower Floral DIY Idea

If you don’t have a vessel that will fit inside each baby shoe, you can use flowers that are more hearty, and put them directly into the shoes the day of, skipping the vase altogether. I’d use something like mums, in that case. They usual last a good 24 to 48 hours without water.

Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

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Absolutely love the baby shoes/vases!! I’ve been collecting some vintage stuff trying to come up with some more ideas for my girls (both pregnant) baby shower mid June. This is the exact look I’m going for. Please send out some ideas like this. Thank You So Much.

Kellie Moran-Smith

This is adorable!! I’ve seen these before in a movie but they used a vintage adult boots. This one is definitely cuter 😛 I guess it’s time to borrow my nephew’s old shoes.


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So delightful! I definitely think there are a lack of good baby shower ideas out there! LOVE this one.


This is genius! So ‘outside of the box’ and beautiful. When my baby shower days come I’ll be contacting you. 😉


Love this idea. Like you, I don’t really do baby stuff, and here in England we don’t really do baby showers… Or we didn’t until recently – it’s another thing that seems to be creeping in as another import!
Can I suggest baby food jars or mini jars for holding them? Here in England we have something called Freecycle where you can advertise to get stuff for free so they’re easy to get hold of (I’m guessing its like Craigslist?)


So beautiful!


Thanks for the kind words, Diane and Jenn.


such an inspired idea – couldn’t be sweeter

Diane @ homesweethomemade

Such a sweet look!


Aw, thanks Kelly. You know my brain doesn’t really think about babies much, so this was definitely an interesting task for me. But I like how it turned out.


There are very few things in this world cuter than baby shoes! This is such a genius idea, B! And so much better than typical baby shower decorations!!!

Kelly @ Studio DIY

Thanks Jessica.


Such a cute idea..;)


Jessica Rose
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