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Gift Ideas | DIY Handmade Baby Announcement

watercolor baby announcement

Are you looking for a gift idea for a new mom? Try this super easy baby announcement project that produces nice results. All you need is watercolor paper, watercolors, pencil, ruler, eraser and a black pen such as a super fine sharpie. You can make a card or a framed piece of art and the recipient will love that it is handmade.

Step 1
Choose the size watercolor paper, if you are making a card, 4×6 is a standard size or you can choose a size to frame. I like to sketch everything out in pencil first to get the right size letters and to make sure everything fits well. I try to keep the letters one inch in height. Create a grid with pencil lines marking the top, bottom and sides of each line of text. This will help you when you start to paint the spaces between the letters.
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Step 2
Trace over the penciled letters with your black pen. Don’t worry if it is not perfect, that’s what makes it special and handmade.

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Step 3
Break out the watercolors. Choose the colors you plan to use, three or four colors tend work well. Paint washes between the letters staying between your grid lines. Leave a few spaces in the letters unpainted if you choose.
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Step 4
After everything is dry, erase all your pencil marks and admire your work of art:)

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Some more photos:

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