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).
I got just about everything from Michaels, but a lot of the stuff I already had around the house!
- Chalkboard easel (Similar option to mine)
- Acrylic paint (water-based and non-toxic!)
- Ultra fine point Sharpie
- Decorative wood painted character
- Baby wipes
- Hot glue gun
- Mod Podge Matte
What to do:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Let everything dry.
- Once everything is dry put Mod Podge over the hands and feet to protect them (it will dry clear).
- 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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