If you’ve got kids, chances are, you’ve got ultrasounds. Don’t know about you, but those are the kinds of things I hoard. Our oldest Hammerling is just about 14, and I still have the sleeves of xray pictures from each ultrasound tucked away in the linen cupboard (because duh – where else would you keep such things?!).
For the other babies, we actually asked the sonographers for happy snaps, so they were printed for us on glossy paper.
So, here we are with a handful of ultrasounds showing our little creations in their pre-born, alien-like forms, and a narrow wall just begging to have something a bit different hung on it.
In comes Ultrasound Wall Art. Okay, I’m being slightly facetious when I call it Wall Art, but it’s a bit of a swing on the regular family photos most people display, so humour me.
The only pictures we had of the biggest Hammerling were xray style. The kind one must hold up to the light to really see anything. Cutting one of those out of the big sheet of pictures just wasn’t going to work. What we ended up doing was opening a blank Word document, holding the xray picture up to the screen of the computer, and then took a photo of it, cropped it and printed it. Easy peasy. That gave us four pictures to fit into four photo-sized frames (You can find a bunch of simple black photo frames here, if you don’t feel like leaving the house).
That’s how the xray turns out when prepared as above. Pretty clever!
The hanging dooby on the frame didn’t suit us. It made the frame stick out on too much of a slant. So we rigged up a dodgy-looking string with a pipe cleaner. I’d like to say there was a logical reason for this, but actually, pipe cleaners were being
thrown around and used for poking each other in the eyes used for craft with the kids that day, they were right beside me, so they were much more convenient than finding twine. And to be truthful, they actually work great! They hold onto the 3M hooks really well. So we kept them.
We happened to have some coloured paper stored away (not in the linen cupboard, believe it or not). After tracing around the frames’ glass inserts, we cut the paper, stuck the pictures onto the paper, and put those photo baby/aliens all together on the wall using small 3M hooks.
Voila! Cheap, easy ‘Wall Art’ to hold memories that shouldn’t be forgotten in a linen cupboard.