Friday, December 20, 2013

DIY Belly Casting

My friend Charlotte messaged me a few weeks ago and asked if I wanted her to come over and do a belly casting before the baby was born. I said yes!  I had always wanted to do this but I thought it would be too much work or too expensive. I was wrong on both counts!

All you need to do a belly casting is to purchase two easy to find things:

- Plaster gauze
- Vaseline

and you'll also need  a bowl of warm water.

That's it.  I keep reading other DIY lists and they have things like rubber gloves, powders, etc, but nope... you can do it with just these two things (and the water!). 

A few words of advice about the plaster gauze.  It looks like regular gauze except with white powder in it, and it comes in a roll.  Here in Canada (where things are way more expensive than everywhere else, it seems) a single roll is about $3.99 at a medical supply shop.   You will want to get the thickest roll you can ( I bought 3 inch wide rolls).  Depending on how much space you want to cover, you will probably need 3 to 5 rolls total.  So the cost of the gauze will be roughly $20 which is a lot cheaper than any belly casting kit.

When I asked them if they had it at the medical supply store, they said no.  They barely knew what I was talking about.  However, I went over by the gauze and sure enough, there it was. I don't think they sell it very often because people probably don't do their own casts at home too frequently. 

Get the tiniest thing of Vaseline you can find as you won't use much.  Even a travel or sample sized container is going to probably be enough.

Here's how we did it:

1.  Set out a bowl of warm water.
2.  Open and unroll the gauze. Cut it into 10-12 inch strips.
3.  Take off your shirt and bra. 
4.  Cover your chest and stomach liberally with Vaseline
5.  Dip a single strip of gauze into the water, drape it on you.  Repeat, repeat, repeat, until you've made a thick cast that covers all the spots you want casted.
6.  Keep it on until it's dry (about 20 minutes)

Use all the gauze you bought; the more gauze the stronger it will be. 

Seriously easy.  Strangely relaxing!

Eventually it will be obvious that it's time to "pop" the cast off.  When it's completely dry you can decorate it!

I'm so grateful Charlotte offered to do this.  I wouldn't have done it myself and probably would have regretted it.  If you want a really meaningful and thoughtful gift for a friend, offer to do this for them.  They will be so happy you did.

 Pictures taken by Charlotte Watson.
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