Gender reveal…It ALMOST makes me wanna get pregnant again….

Chalkboard Paint Gender Reveal Box | Magic Brush


My precious friend, Ashley, asked me to help her paint something for their  “gender reveal” party.

First of all, let’s have a moment of silence over the fact that Ashley’s PREGNANT waist is smaller than my normal waist after 3 kids. Bless it.

Second of all, when she asked I had no idea what a “gender reveal” was….I was picturing some bad “Maury Povich” episode. I had no idea.

It had to be explained it to me:

  • Pregnant momma and expectant daddy go to the OB for her sonogram.
  • But OB doesn’t tell the expecting parents the baby’s sex.
  • Instead, OB writes down the baby’s sex in a sealed envelope.
  • Parents take the sealed envelope to a party store/florist.
  • Parents leave party store and go home to wonder why they are torturing themselves and delaying their own news to themselves!
  • Party people make blue or pink balloons depending on baby’s sex.   And in this case…..fill a box (that I painted for them) with the appropriate balloons.
  • Momma and Daddy pick up sealed balloon box and have a “Gender Reveal” moment like this with an amazing photographer.

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Chalkboard Paint Gender Reveal Box | The Magic Brush

And how stinkin’ adorable is that?


Chalkboard Paint Gender Reveal Box | The Magic Brush

Of course, I was thrilled to help!

Ashley asked me to paint a huge chalkboard heart in the middle of the box. I love to use Heirloom Tradition’s Black Bean for all my black chalkboard projects.

I added sweet polka dots around it.

In other news, does no one take out the recycling bin in my house????


Chalkboard Paint Gender Reveal Box | The Magic Brush

On a side note, I am thinking I will try to wear a sliggggggghtly more flattering outfit next time considering her reveal pictures have now gone viral on Pinterest  (with no mention of me, Ashley OR the photographer.  There is weeping and gnashing of teeth!!!) Several huge Pinterest accounts picked it up as well as “Bump” magazine which is super cool.


Chalkboard Paint Gender Reveal Box | The Magic Brush

 So fun for them!!!!


Chalkboard Paint Gender Reveal Box | The Magic Brush

So, where were all these great ideas when I was last pregnant?????????

It almost makes me want to get pregnant again.  And then I remember my Fred Flintstone feet the last time I was pregnant…..and my now 40 year old body….and how I expand to the size of a small Volkswagon by the time I deliver my big babies…..and I reconsider.

I will just watch all my younger friends keep popping out babies. And when I get to be part of fun things like gender reveal parties…. I’m thrilled!!


Chalkboard Paint Gender Reveal Box | The Magic Brush

Congratulations Ashley and Kenneth!

Thanks for including me in your reveal project! Mwah!



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Chalkboard Paint Gender Reveal Box | The Magic Brush

  1. Traci
    April 17, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I had never heard of a gender reveal and it seemed weird until I finished reading your post. I wish I had a friend who was having a baby so I could paint a box. What a sweet new tradition. Thanks for filling me in.

  2. PRgirlinKC
    April 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Aww love this blog post and love you!! When we “make it big” (kidding) with this photo, you are coming with!! 🙂

  3. Holy Craft
    Holy Craft
    April 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    What a fun idea! Love that you got to be a part of it too. Where were all these ideas when I was popping out babies??? Guess we just get to live vicariously through everyone else!

  4. Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas
    Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas
    April 19, 2012 at 1:29 am

    I have heard of this and I love the idea! And yeah, why didn’t someone think of this 20 years ago when I was pregnant??

    So happy you were involved…

    Lou Cinda

  5. Lena
    July 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I am planning on doing the same thing, I think this is such a cute idea. I am having a hard time finding a box though, ive asked at local stores and i found one large Dryer box but a little beat up and it has printed writing on it. I noticed the one in your picture is blank no writing at all. Do you know where she found the box?

  6. Magic Brush
    Magic Brush
    July 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Lena her box did have writing on the back and I think the bottom. So we used the 3 sides that were blank.

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  8. Megan
    August 18, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Wow, this was you?? Love this, I’ve seen this pin hundreds of times! #MM

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