THIS IS NOT A PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.
I had to make sure this was clear from the beginning. Since the day I got married, everyone (except me) keeps hoping that announcement is coming. However (sorry mom…well, sorry, not sorry), I hate to disappoint (really, I don’t), but this is not it. 🙂
But, I have a friend who is expecting her first little girl very soon and, of course, you know me…I’m like what can I make for a baby?!!
Wooden diapers?? Probably not very practical.
A crib? Let’s not even talk about shipping costs for that thing.
Personalized picture frame for the ultrasound?? Okay, now we are talking.
And this is something that I honestly think could go one of two ways…this is either super creepy, or super cute. SOOOOO, you tell me 🙂
Let me explain how I made it, then at the end, you tell me….creepy or cute, okay?
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Supplies and Materials Needed:
Small piece (2×2 is plenty) ¼″ plywood
Small piece (quarter sheet is plenty) ¾″ plywood or 1×10 or 1×12
Scroll saw (optional)
Paper and pen
Step 1: Draw the Silhouette for the Frame
This is the part Danny thought was creepy. I got on Google and searched “pregnant silhouette.” (As if that’s not weird enough, the creepy factor gets worse…keep reading…)
But nothing looked like my friend. Some were too “cartoony” looking, some of their hair just didn’t match hers, I just wasn’t liking any of them. So, being the creeper that I am, (here’s where it got worse) copied a picture of her showing off her pregnant belly at 20 weeks on Facebook and pasted it into Microsoft Paint. I used the eraser tool to erase around the outline of her body so I could see it clearly to trace around.
I followed the same steps here as I did when I made the Grinch pillow and just traced the outlined image onto a sheet (it took two sheets to get it as large as I wanted) of paper. Then I cut it out. I drew some extra details for a different idea I had, but then changed my mind…so ignore that. So here is my stencil.
Step 2: Cut out the Silhouette
I traced around this silhouette onto ¼″ plywood and cut it out with my jig saw.
Then I used my wood glue bottle to draw a circle for the ultrasound image to go. I used a drill to drill into the center of the circle and then cut it out with my jig saw.
Side note, you will need to sand this really well. The Dremel is awesome for sanding these edges nice and smooth.
Step 3: Add a Name
Obviously, my friend’s baby’s name is Sophia…because you know I didn’t just cut that name out for fun…
For the name, I got on PicMonkey and found a font I liked and typed out the name. (I used Great Vibes.) PicMonkey is free for a ton of cool fonts. You can pay for some extras, but I just use what’s available for free (helloooo, I’m cheap). It’s super easy to use. Just go here, click on design and then click the Tt button on the left, then add a font. You can enlarge the font however big you want it. Once I got it how I wanted it, I just traced it again onto a sheet of paper and cut it out. You could also do the same thing in Microsoft Word and just print it, but I couldn’t find a font on there that I liked.
Then I traced it onto ¼″ plywood and cut it out on my scroll saw. You could use a jig saw as well, I just needed some practice, so I used the scroll saw. Then I sanded the crap out of it.
Step 4: Make a Backing
This is exactly the same as the backing I made for the U.S. Destination Map Frame, except a different size. You can use ¾″ plywood, or cut a 1×10, or a 1×12 for this. This piece is only to glue the silhouette and name to. Cut it however large you want it to be (but make sure it’s big enough to fit the name and silhouette). Then I framed it out with mitered 1x2s. I glued and nailed these around the edge, but that’s an optional step.
Step 5: Finish and Attach
I painted the silhouette, the name, and the back piece and once the paint was dry, I used wood glue to attach the name to the back piece.
I taped a ultrasound picture (that my friend sent me….so that’s a little less creepy than stealing that off Facebook, right?) onto the back of the silhouette, then glued it on as well.
Okay, so you tell me…cute that this is literally the actual mother’s silhouette??
Or creepy that I stole it from Facebook, traced it out on my computer, and cut it out on plywood?
Cast your vote in the comments below!! I think it’s cute. She thinks it’s cute (yes, I asked her if she was creeped out…we are cool like that). Danny thinks creepy…but what does Danny know?? HAHA Let me know what YOU think.
Don’t forget to pin for later 🙂
Until next time, happy DIYing!