Monday, August 29, 2011

Clay Picture Frame

Lately I have been trying to frame as many pictures of Baby G as I can and put them all over the house. You can tell that Mr. G and I are very proud parents of our lil one.
It's pictures like this that make me want to go out and buy another frame. There is one frame, though, that I have been trying to find time to put together and finally today Baby G and I got the job done.

It was a gift from Mr. G's boss and his wife. You are supposed to be able to put your lil one's picture in the middle and then put their hand print and foot print on either side in the clay. I didn't know how it was going to work out but I was excited to try.
First you take the clay out of one of the bags and knead it until it becomes soft.
Then you smash the clay into the frame and roll it out until it is flat and smooth. I found it much easier through trial-n-error to not use the lil roller they give you, but instead just use my hands.
Once you have it flat and smooth you can start the fun part.
Well, it maybe would be fun if I was doing this with a two year old, but a 12 week old baby just doesn't want to open his hand and that made things a lil tricky. The first step is to wash his hand. I usually do this periodically through out the day anyway because he somehow gets so much gunk between his fingers. After we washed him up I took his lil hand and pressed it into the soft clay.
It didn't turn out too bad, and Baby G was a good sport about putting his hand in the clay. He just kept his eyes on the fan above us the whole time.
Then you take out the other piece of clay, knead it, and smash it into the other frame. I honestly thought that it would be easier to put his foot print in then it was with his hand print but I was definitely wrong. I finally got it on the fourth try. It could be because Baby G has such a fat lil foot.
But I think it turned out okay.
Then when you are done with the prints you can put one of your favorite pictures in the frame in the middle. For some reason in the picture the right side looks tan, but in actuality it is white just like the left side. We had just got Baby G's 2 month pictures done by a friend from church and we used one of those pictures for the center frame. It took us a total of about 20 minutes to put this together and I think it turned out pretty good. I am so excited to show Mr. G when he gets home. He will be so surprised...unless, of course, he reads this post first.


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Thanks so much!!! I will definitely check out your blog. I'm heading there right now :)