Countdown the weeks to a little one’s birth with this simple ultrasound picture frame. Using a Cricut Maker, you can personalize it for a special keepsake gift idea!
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Hello there! I hope you’re having a great week and enjoying the last days of summer. The end of summer is always kind of bittersweet but I have to admit that I’m not as sad to see it go this year because it means we’re another season closer to meeting our little peanut come December!
I found a beautiful countdown ultrasound photo frame for my Mother in Law and since my mom has decided she wants to be “Mimi”, I decided to customize one for her using my Cricut Maker, some basswood and patterned vinyl. It was so easy and of course she loves it! She how easy it is to make one with me!
DIY Personalized Ultrasound Picture Frame with the Cricut Maker
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- Unfinished wood picture frame
- DecoArt Multi-Surface Paint in Cottonball
- DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Oyster Pearl
- Paint brush
- Cricut Maker
- Ultrasound Picture Frame cut file in Cricut Design Space
- Cricut Knife Blade
- Cricut Strong Grip Cutting Mat
- Chalkboard Vinyl
- Sunset Blossom Patterned Vinyl
- Cricut Transfer Tape
- Hot glue gun or craft adhesive
- Chalk marker
I used an unfinished wood picture frame so that I could paint it in the finish I wanted, but feel free to use a frame you already have if you’d like.
Paint unfinished wood picture frame with 2 coats of white paint followed by a coat of metallic paint. I did a dry brush technique for the metallic paint to create more of a glaze finish.
Open the Ultrasound Picture Frame cut file in Cricut Design Space and customize the file as you’d like to fit your frame size and alter the personalization to your needs. You can access Design Space from iOs, Android, Windows or Mac and can even create wirelessly.
The Cricut Maker has a super simple drop down menu to select your cutting materials for superior cutting precision. You can see the settings for the 3 cutting materials you need for this project below. I cut the lettering out of Premium Patterned Removable Vinyl and then cut chalkboard vinyl and basswood for the heart shape (a double cut of the exact same size heart).
This patterned vinyl is absolutely stunning, isn’t it?! It created such beautiful detail on the lettering of the ultrasound frame and also for the background behind the photo.
Did you catch my first time using the Knife Blade to cut this wood on my Instagram stories? I’m totally smitten! The Maker has an adaptive tool system which makes the knife blade (and many other blade options) possible (and it can cut thick materials up to 2.4 mm!) When cutting wood, you will need to switch to a Strong Grip mat and tape down the sides of the wood to ensure no lifting. Switch out the blade to the Knife Blade.
Make sure the star wheels (the little white wheels that spread out through the entire width of the metal bar) are all pushed to the right.
Then you’re ready to cut the wood. I was totally amazed how clean and precise the cut was. Get ready for LOADS more wood cutting projects coming up! 😉 After the wood heart is cut, simply apply the chalkboard vinyl adhesive over top of the wood.
Glue the chalkboard heart onto the ultrasound frame with hot glue or craft adhesive. Weed the negative space from the vinyl lettering and cover with transfer tape. Lay out the lettering on the frame to visualize where you’d like to apply it, then peel the backing away from the transfer tape and apply the lettering to the ultrasound picture frame.
Because an ultrasound picture is much smaller than the frame I used, I cut a 4″ x 6″ piece of the patterned vinyl and attached it to the backing of the frame to act as a mat and I love how that worked!
If you’re giving this personalized ultrasound picture frame as a gift, remember to fill in the countdown and gift a piece of chalk so that the gift recipient can keep up with the countdown!
Do you know of anyone that would love to receive an ultrasound picture frame as a gift? How would you personalize it?