your baby's new band or helmet can help reduce tension
both for you and your family, and for others in
public. Many parents have found that decorating
helps strangers see this medical device as something
fun, rather than a sterile, "don't speak of
it" type of thing. Stickers, paint, and
such can help open the door to an educating
conversation (about plagio!), instead of a
"stare-a-thon"! Here are a few
decorating ideas for the new "head
gear". Have fun! :o)
is our daughter, Hanna. Her DOC Band is painted
with several coats of silver acrylic paint, then a
variety of rub-on transfers. To keep everything
looking new, I applied several coats of acrylic
varnish over everything. I used acrylic paint
because it is non-toxic and low odour. It also
dries fairly fast (1 hour per coat). You can
find all sorts of rub-on transfers at your local craft
store (we love animals!). We wanted a permanent
look, so I applied several (I mean dozens - over
time!) coats of acrylic varnish over everything.
As Hanna bumped her head over the months, and using
alcohol for cleaning, it was necessary to put another
coat on every week or so. I recommend VARNISH,
as I tried acrylic sealer at first, and it did nothing
helmet is made of clear plastic (with a foam insert),
so this clever Mom decided to paint the INSIDE!
Acrylic paint was used to paint the background of this
sea-scape, and stickers were used on the outside for
detail. No varnish was necessary for this paint
job, as the foam insert made for great
protection. Clear nail polish was applied over
the stickers to keep them from peeling.
are a fast and easy way to make plain white into
fun! Check your local craft/scrapbooking stores,
or order on line. There are always many themes
for boys or girls, and for every season and
holiday. For temporary protection, use a layer
of clear nail polish over each sticker. For a
permanent finish, use the acrylic varnish, but work
quickly if you are using paper stickers, as the
varnish can run the colours.
creative Mom did this band with acrylic paints.
The acrylic varnish was use for protection. She
changed scenes often by peeling of the old design,
sanding lightly, then starting again.