How to Make a Gender Reveal Scratch Off with this FREE Printable

Looking for a creative way to announce the gender of your baby to family and friends? Make these easy gender reveal scratch off. FREE printable included.

As promised, today I am sharing with you how I made our very own gender reveal scratch off 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 any to reveal the gender. So I decided to just wing it and ended up loving how they turned out!

Gender reveal scratch off ticket image.



What You Need to make a Gender Reveal Scratch Off

  • 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!

Circle shapes image.

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!

Hands peeling contact paper backing off image. Hand holding gender reveal ticket image.

Are you planning a gender reveal party for either yourself or a friend?

Want to create a gender reveal scratch off?

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.

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17 thoughts on “How to Make a Gender Reveal Scratch Off with this FREE Printable

  1. Hi,
    I’m not familiar with scratch-it paper. I’m not seeing in the directions where it says to use the scratch-it paper. Ar we supposed to print the template right onto the scratch it paper?


  2. I am having issues with my paint/dish soap mixture not drying. I put on the second coat about an hour after the first, even though the first wasn’t completely dry. It’s been sitting for almost three hours and is still completely wet. Any suggestions?

  3. Could you give us the measuring amount you used for the paint and liquid dish soap? I think that would help alot.

  4. Cute! I made one similar for our gender reveal last year. I make scratchers all the time for my husband. I’ll have to try the contact paper (I usually print my scratcher then cut tape over the part that I want scratched, and then put the paint over the tape). Your idea seems much easier.


  6. Thank you very much for the wonderful idea. I will defiantly try it for our baby announcement.

  7. I had a hard time cutting out the circles with a punch cutter. Is there a specific brand of cutter you used that was sharper or….?

  8. Has anyone tried this on photo paper rather than regular paper? Do you think it would still work the same? I was thinking of creating my own announcements and printing them on 4×6 pictures then adding the scratcher effect to the top of the photo.

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