Belly casts are a popular (yet messy) way for a woman to capture a replica of her growing, pregnant belly. Once a belly cast has been created, there are a variety of things that people choose to do with it, from mounting the cast on an easel to attaching it to a canvas. One of the most popular ways to display this work of art, however, is by hanging it on a wall for all to see.
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Depending on how you wish to show off your art and where you want it to go, hanging the belly cast is a simple task. After following the instructions and making the belly cast, you are almost ready to hang it. You need to wait at least 48 hours before attempting to hang your belly cast to make sure it is dry enough to work with. Some people wait up to a week.
Determine if you want to use ribbon or wire to hang the belly cast. Ribbons are a great way to add a little bit of style to your artwork. Your ribbon can be as long or as short as you want it to be, depending how far you want the belly cast to hang down on the wall. If you decide to use ribbon, simply drill two holes in the shoulder area of the cast. According to motherandchildhealth.com, the best way to put holes in the belly cast is to use a power drill with a small drill bit. Do this carefully, not applying too much pressure to the cast when you make the holes.
If you want to decorate the belly cast, drill the holes beforehand. After the decorating is complete, string ribbon through the holes, make a knot on each side and bring the ribbons together at the top. Finish the look with a bow tie, and hang the cast in the nursery or on a wall in your living room.
Using wire is just as simple. Bellyoflove.com suggests drilling the holes farther toward the middle of the cast. Carefully string the wire through the holes; do not bend or warp the belly cast.
Some belly cast kits come with a wire that you can use to hang your cast.
Ribbons and wires are just two ways to hang a belly cast. Some people even use rope, depending on how they designed their belly cast. How you design and hang your belly cast is up to you. By using your creativity, you can design a piece of artwork that will be cherished for years to come.