How to Make a Pregnancy-Belly Cast

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Immortalize your pregnancy by making a cast of your belly.

Step 1: Lay down a tarp
Lay down a tarp or some newspapers and cover a chair with an old sheet. Making a cast is a messy job.

Step 2: Get materials ready
Set a large bowl of water on the tarp for dipping the strips. Cut the preplastered gauze into strips 12 to 18 inches long, and snip three small squares to cover the belly button – plus six more for the nipples if you’re including breasts in the cast.

Step 3: Prepare the mom-to-be
Have the mother-to-be strip down to a pair of underpants she doesn’t mind getting ruined; then rub petroleum jelly or cocoa butter on all areas you plan to include in the cast. Have her sit at the edge of a chair or stool.

Tip
Remind the expectant mom to use the bathroom before the casting begins because she won’t be able to move for about an hour.

Step 4: Begin plastering
Put on a pair of latex gloves. Begin dipping strips into the water and patting them onto the mother’s chest and belly. Use the small squares on the navel and nipples, pressing them gently so they conform to the surface. Avoid covering these areas with larger strips; you want the cast to preserve those shapes.

Tip
The cast will be sturdier if you overlap the layers in different directions.

Step 5: Work quickly
Apply at least three layers. Work quickly! The plaster starts drying within minutes.

Step 6: Let it dry
Let the cast dry, which should take 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 7: Remove gently
Gently pull the cast off the mom, and wipe off any excess plaster. Place the cast on the newspapers or tarp, belly-side up, and let it dry for another 48 hours.

Step 8: Even out bumps
Even out bumps with a piece of sandpaper until the cast is smooth.

Step 9: Seal it
Seal the cast by brushing on gesso, a canvas primer you can find in art supply stores. Voila! Your pregnancy belly is preserved for posterity.

Did You Know?
Did you know? Bobbi McCaughey’s waist measured 55 inches when she gave birth to septuplets in November 1997, and her belly was about twice the size of a typical full-term stomach.

Comments

Mercia MA says:

Love this !! and thank you to my dear friend Patricia for sending me this
link! My daughter is expecting her first baby and my first grandchild and
she is in love with her belly growing and Im gonna send her this and I can
assure you she is goin to go mad and I can already see her making one every
week LOL!!! she loves her belly!! Aww thank you for sharing this video! 

Elaina's Corner says:

You can order this online. Take a look on Amazon.

Brooke Coulier says:

I want to make one of these lol. This pregnancy has sucked majorly, but I
do adore my bump. However…it looks really odd without the breasts. It
just doesn’t look right without them.

x3chae says:

Some people are so immature…

BrawlMasterROB says:

who has the fucking space in their house to keep one of these things?

m3ndez2010 says:

yeah! 😀 i like me

happygirl12092 says:

who would want to make this

zanastux says:

really good video :)!

xKANONism says:

That’s sooo weird. DDD:

lennic95 says:

I’ll definitely do this if I get pregnant, I’d include the hands holding
the belly, though.

XXXxxxGAVESxxxXXX says:

oh well my bad. lol

rubijan says:

Check out MamaCasts – com If you’d like some help making beautiful sculpted
portraits. If doing at home use NON-petrollium Jelly – stay non-toxic for
mom/baby Smaller pieces preserve details and make structure stronger.

Maddie Blaney says:

plus three more for the nipple if ur including breasts in this cast WTF !

animepandax3 says:

the dude really needs to shave

nedmano says:

why do this?

oppossumsrock2 says:

hahaha NICE

Hinkdot says:

WTF is wrong with people???? hahaha

Maggie Glam says:

Creepy ..

juggalettetillidie1 says:

haha HEYY GUESS WHAT BOOBIES!!!!!!!!11

cokiemeli says:

oo this is so beautiful what a nice way to remenber

Elaina's Corner says:

Did not get around to doing this until pregnant with baby number six.
Surely wish we did this sooner.

fabulissj says:

i was wondering where i can purchase the preplastered gauze??? like what
type of store

XXXxxxGAVESxxxXXX says:

oh heres comes cool guy who happens to be the funny police. and no i was
exaggerating i just hate it when babies cry its ANNOYING!!!!!

JTnumber1Fan says:

funnny.

pinkmints says:

great video!

Shaun Bradley says:

ITS A TARP

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