Nope, I’m not pregnant! Thought I’d get that out of the way right off the bat since that is my little guy modeling the banner 😉
However, the pregnancy epidemic continues all around me and in the last couple of weeks even more friends and acquaintences have announced pregnancies. I’m always very excited for them (and secretly glad it’s not me. I really truly love my kids at their slightly older, more independant ages right now) and if I know them well enough I immediately start thinking of something fun to send them.
My go-to gift for pregnant friends and family is usually a set of Pregnancy Countdown Blocks, either by themselves or in a gift basket (like this Pregnancy Survival Kit or this SuperMom themed gift basket), however, when I heard the good news a week or so ago from a very close friend I decided to change it up a bit. That very afternoon I was rooting around in some of the boxes we are storing in the workshop and ran across a stack of beadboard triangles left over from my banner-making phase (love them! I have beadboard pennant banners that I use every year for the kids’ birthdays like Rainbow Dance party, the Horse slumber party, or Cupcake Wars party as well as some for holidays) and inspiration struck.
It wasn’t long before I had whipped up an It’s a Girl!/It’s a Boy! double-sided beadboard pennant banner and sent it to the Mommy-To-Be.
Not only is the banner a fun gift, but I figured it would be a great photo prop for a maternity gender reveal photo shoot, for a simple pregnancy announcement, for photos with the new baby, or even front porch decorations when the baby is born. Oh – and wouldn’t it be a great addition to my Newborn Photo Prop gift basket?!…
A few details if you want to make your own:
I used scrap bead board, cut into triangles approximately 7″ high. I drilled holes in two of the corners (a time-saving trick for this is stacking them all together and clamping them in place. Then you can drill through all 5 at once) then sanded the edges and painted them white on both sides.
The lettering was done with vinyl using my handy dandy Silhouette machine and it was a simple matter to tie them together with some thin jute rope. For a touch of color, I added pink and blue ribbons to the ends. These could easily be changed out or added to when my friend finds out if she is having a boy or a girl.
See – easy enough anyone can do it! And if you do make one, feel free to share! I love to read comments and see photos of my ideas being put to use. (doesn’t everyone?!)
Happy Wednesday and Happy Crafting!