It’s been a hot minute since I posted on this section of the blog. I have so many DIYs to post but just have not gotten around to them! Yet…
What better chance to get back into the groove than with a Valentine’s Day DIY?! Of course, recently I’ve been obsessed with all and everything baby so this one is a ‘baby daddy’ themed Valentine’s day DIY. (Don’t worry non-mamas. The other DIYs aren’t even remotely baby related!)
I wanted to do something cute for my baby dada. It had to look like it came from our little Bellybean, so I decided to use our son’s ultrasound pictures (and some Pinspiration) to say ‘Dad, I can’t wait to meet you.’ I wanted a 3D look and I wanted it to look like a page out of a scrapbook. So my creative geniuses, there is absolutely no method to this madness! Create away!
Valentine’s day was always something I hated. I think it’s just a commercial day with no real significance. It’s really pointless. However, that being said, I indulge whole heartedly every year without fail, getting caught up in the cheesiness, corny-ness and mush of it all!
And since this year my hormones are in over-drive, I of course had to be a total mush-ball!
How did you spend your V-day?
Thing’s you’d need
- Foam paper – red, black and gold (You can alter the colour scheme to your liking)
- Ultrasound picture
- Transfer paper (the clear paper we used to paper our books back in the day)
- A print out or stencil of the shape for your frame
- Heart shaped stickers
- Any kind of stickers you’d like on your design
- Cardstock – assorted
- Scrabble tiles (optional)
- Silver sharpie
- Any knicks and knacks to decorate with! Go nuts!
- Hole puncher
- Twine, string or ribbon
- Gather all materials that you want in your project
- I did not want to put glue on my actual ultrasound so I made copies of them. Cut them to the sizes that suit you
- Using transfer paper, cover the ultrasound pictures to protect the print. Measure the size of your image and cut the matching size of transfer paper
- Peel off backing and on a flat surface, slowing adhere the transfer paper to the ultrasound
- Press firmly to remove any bubbles
- Choose a shape of frame. I googled ‘shapes of frames’ and I selected a frame to be used as a stencil
- Print your shape and cut this out
- This is where things get a bit technical. I printed only one size stencil but I wanted three different sizes of frame. I used the stencil as my smallest and innermost frame. Trace this onto your foam paper with a pencil
- Cut out the drawn shape
- I wanted each frame progressively larger. Measure 3cm from the edge of each side of the frame and follow the pattern to cut out the larger shape
- Arrange shapes in descending order of size (largest to smallest). I did glitzy black, red and glitzy gold
- Glue each layer onto the other to create a 3D effect
- Align your ultrasound pictures on the inner most frame and glue into place
- Using the scrabble letters, arrange the letters ‘D-A-D’ at the top of the ultrasound pictures and glue into place
- I have Cricut machine, which I believe any crafter should get! It’s a game changer! I used it to cut out the words “I can’t wait to meet you’ on blue glitter vinyl and the silhouette of a pregnant woman using pink cardstock (You can easily cut these out yourself using stencils, or free hand like I did with the ‘Happy Valentine’s Day.’)
- I used transfer tape that came with the Cricut to transfer the words to the bottom of the ultrasound pictures
- Cut a small, red foam heart to fit inside the belly of the preggos mama (use your discretion here, no need for exact measurements) and glue it into place
- To give the ‘mama’ a 3D effect, use a piece of sticky foam cut in a the shape of a circle and place behind the silhouette for a raised effect
- Using any colour paper or card stock, write the words ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ and cut each letter out. I chose to do this by hand to give it a toddler effect
- Stick each letter on your middle layer of foam so that half the letters are above the back layer, (looking like it’s standing)
- Stick stickers however you please! Go HAM!
- Using the silver sharpie, write a personalized note to you baby dada at the bottom of your frame
- Using the hole punch, punch a small hole to the top of the frame
- Tie a piece of twine, string or ribbon and voila!