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hazards : messy, messy buffalo snow
would i do it again? : yes!
these are super easy to make and will last a lifetime! i have visions of passing them on to K and the new baby when they have families of their own...
here's what you need!
first, i scanned our baby's ultrasound pictures into my computer and resized them to about one inch wide -- due to the narrow opening of my ornament. i printed two copies of each mini-ultrasound on plain typing paper (not cardstock -- too thick).
i used photoshop to resize my pictures, but you can also use a simple word processing program like microsoft word.
i trimmed each strip:
you can also use scissors.
next, i glued each duplicate strip back-to-back...so the ultrasound can be seen from the front and back of the ornament.
now, we must laminate. you'll see why in a few steps. i tend to favor the Poor Man's Laminating Method: clear packing tape on the front and back, sticky sides towards each other. :)
i trimmed the tape, leaving a small border around each strip:
you can already see how messy buffalo snow is! i hadn't even opened the package yet, but flakes somehow got all over everything in the bag anyway.
i've used epsom salt as faux snow before -- most notably for my christmas car in a jar -- but i wasn't sure how salt would fare in the long run (if it would attract bugs, if it would degrade the pictures, etc, etc) so i played it safe and bought buffalo snow.
i tried using the ornament tray as a quasi-funnel -- it still got everywhere.
i filled the ornament about yay-high:
...then i squished my mini-ultrasound strips through the opening. this is why it's beneficial to "laminate" the pictures -- just plain paper would get all wrinkly and crinkly.
the finishing touch is a ribbon to hang it on our tree...but since we don't have our tree up yet, the ornament is patiently waiting for fish to haul my christmas bins up from the basement. :)