Sweet DIY Birth Announcement Chalkboard

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this sweet do if yourself birth announcement chalkboard is a perfect memory/keepsake gift for a new mom or grandmother! We made this when Aiden was only a couple of weeks old and I still look at it every day.

This is super easy to make except for the handprint. I do have to warn you that getting a handprint of such a young baby is really challenging! I remember Googling the best way to do it and finding nothing…now, I know why! If you have an older baby, I think it might be easier because they don’t have the grasp reflex so their hands won’t be clenched; however, they are more wiggly which presents a different challenge.

If you don’t have a newborn and want to give this as a Valentine’s Day gift, you can remove the height and weight details and change the birthdate to the month and year (February 2017).

This birth announcement chalkboard is a perfect memory/keepsake gift for a new mom or grandmother! We made this when Aiden was only a couple of weeks old.

Materials:

I got just about everything from Michaels, but a lot of the stuff I already had around the house!

What to do:

  1.  Plan everything first. You are using water-based paint so it does wipe off, but not perfectly, so having a general idea of where things need to go helps a lot.
  2.  We did the handprints first because they were the hardest and we didn’t want to mess anything else up.
    • Have a friend (or two) available to help!
    • Feed, your baby and while you are feeding open up his hand and put the paint on. Have a friend (or two!) keep the fingers apart and place the hand on the chalkboard where you want the print.
    • Gently push down for a second.
    • Try not to smudge the hand print as you pick the hand up, and immediately use the baby wipes to wash off your baby’s hand.
    • If you are nursing, switch sides before doing the other hand.
    • NOTE: It might take one or two tries before you get the print. If you are fast you can wash off a bad print with a baby wipe. Also, you probably will never get a perfect print, but for me, that’s part of the charm!
  3. Next, we did the feet prints. They were much easier. We had Aiden in a laying position and just moved the chalkboard up to each foot and held it for a second before removing the chalkboard.
  4. Let everything dry.
  5. Once everything is dry put Mod Podge over the hands and feet to protect them (it will dry clear).
  6. Write your baby’s birth details and glue on the wooden character.

If you make a birth announcement chalkboard please share it on my Facebook page. I would love to see how yours comes out!

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This birth announcement chalkboard is a perfect memory/keepsake gift for a new mom or grandmother! We made this when Aiden was only a couple of weeks old.

About Melissa

Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • misslaughslot

    Very sweet, great post! I can even see how you could later scan and save this to your computer as well! As minimalists we tend to go digital for most things!

  • Candy Kage

    Your hand print turned out good. My daughter gave up she couldn’t get the baby fist to stay open long enough. She did footprints. Love this idea.

  • Alexie

    This is so cute! I wish we had the same results! Hudson moved around so much! We could never get one!

  • Belle Bermudez-Tubel

    What a great idea! And it turned out so cute!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • This is so cute! I want to do this with my son. My family will love it.

  • Abby Fereday

    This is so cute! Definitely doing something like this for the next baby! 🙂

  • My Silly Monkey

    Cute and creative. Luckily the hospital did hand prints and footprints for us. I put mine in a baby shadow box. I wish i thought of doing an announcement with it.

  • Lisa Grooms

    Loved this! Such a cute idea!

  • Tineke F

    Ahw, this is so cute, love this idea!

  • Sarah Blackston

    This is so cute! I’m due with our 3rd baby (and 1st girl!) in April and this would be perfect to do!

  • Babies to Bookworms

    Aw, this is adorable! I love DIY projects like this (and Michaels!)

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    So cute! We are expecting our first in only six weeks!

  • Hand prints were impossible for our kids. I think it even started an argument or two, by the time we had our son I’d given up completely.

  • Kathryn Minas

    This is such a sweet idea. All of these little things that commemorate the birth of a little one are so special!

  • vriley85

    Super cute! So fun to announce on a holiday

  • This is such a cute idea!

  • Lilies + Lambs
  • Breyona Sharpnack

    Very cute and unique birth announcement

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