As promised, today I am sharing with you how I made our very own scratch-it’s to reveal the gender of our baby to our closest family and friends at our gender reveal party. I had seen many DIY scratch-its floating around Pinterest, especially around Valentines day or as an anniversary present, but didn’t see many to reveal the gender. So I decided to just wing it and ended up loving how they turned out!
What You Need
- Clear contact paper (I found a huge roll at Dollar Tree)
- Round circle punch (I used a 2″)
- Metallic acrylic paint
- Liquid dish soap
- Paint brush (or one of those $.10 cheapo foam brushes from your craft store)
- Paper to print your scratch-it text on
- And time! This isn’t an easy project to start last minute.
First, you need to make up what you want scratched and print them. Make sure that whatever size you make them fits with what size of actual scratch-it piece you’ll make. For example, I had a 2 inch circle punch so I needed to make sure the scratch-it was big enough so that the pink bow was covered. I designed my scratch-it in Illustrator, but you could just as easily do it in Microsoft Word. And because I love you all so much….I included a free gender reveal printable at the bottom of this post just for my readers!
Next, you need to mix two parts paint to one part liquid dish soap. Don’t get too worried about having the exact right proportions. It’s a very flexible guideline. I did about 2 tablespoons paint to 1 tablespoon dish soap. Between coats I covered the mixture with saran wrap and put it in the fridge.
Spread out your clear contact paper on a flat surface and start painting. Depending on what color paint you use, you will most likely have to do 3-5 coats of paint in order to get a thick coat so you can’t see the content below the scratch-it. Don’t worry though! That’s normal. The soap makes the paint pretty streaky so you’ll need multiple coats.
Once you’re happy with the paint density and it has time to completely dry (at least an hour after the last coat), then you can start cutting out your circles (or whatever shape you’ve chosen). I used a two inch circle scrapbooking punch and it worked great!
Then all you need to do is peel off the back part of the contact paper and stick it to your scratch-it and wait until the big reveal!
For us, we didn’t tell anyone we had made scratch-its and everyone thought that we were still planning on revealing the gender through the cake. Little did they know we didn’t trust people to not stick their finger in the cake so we went to plan B and I think it turned out perfect with a little element of surprise!
Are you planning a gender reveal party for either yourself or a friend? I’ve included a free gender reveal printable just for you!
If you missed the full gender reveal party post, you can catch up and read all about it here.