For a unique keepsake of your pregnancy, try a homemade pregnant belly cast.
A homemade belly cast is best done around 8 months along, although a progression of casts done each month of the pregnancy would also be really neat. This video gives you an idea of the process, with full instructions after the jump:
- Important: Have the pregnant mother go pee before beginning!
- Purchase five rolls of plaster gauze or tape measuring five yards long (try a hobby shop).
- Protect your floor with a drop cloth or newspapers.
- Get a bowl filled with warm water, some olive oil, and the plaster gauze (tape).
- Cut the gauze into strips varying from six to twelve inches long.
- Oil the belly and breasts to help keep the plaster from sticking.
- Dip a strip of gauze into the warm water, letting it absorb some for a second or two.
- Pull the strip out and drain excess water over the bucket.
- Starting at the breasts, smooth the strip onto the skin. (For those who want just the belly, not the breasts, start just underneath them)
- Work your way down the body, covering the entire belly and breast region with gauze.
- Don’t worry about the edges at the side of the body, as those can be trimmed later.
- Allow the gauze to air dry for ten minutes.
- Starting at the edges, gently loosen the cast from the body and remove it.
- Let the belly cast finish drying in a safe place for several days.
- Sand gently with fine sandpaper.
- Paint the belly cast with designs, a picture, an affirmation (or apply collage material – maybe family photos printed on plain paper?)
- Cover with shellac or other sealant and let dry.
With a homemade pregnant belly cast, your pregnant body becomes a piece of art and an heirloom keepsake!
Video: Amanda Delight on YouTube