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Creating Your Art

A Little Cord Art canvas is definitely not off-the-shelf art; both our process and the end product are customized just for you. Here’s a peek at how we’ll work with you to create a Little Cord Art canvas that is as special and unique as the baby it represents.

Before You Get Started

Because we make a Little Cord Art piece using a cross-section of your baby’s umbilical cord, you’ll need to order a canvas and receive our collection kit before your baby arrives. Plan to order at least 2 weeks before your due date to make sure you receive it before the baby arrives. Though we send our kits via FedEx overnight, so a last-minute order is fine too.

Expecting more than one baby? You will order a canvas, and receive a collection kit, for each baby. When preparing your birth plan, mention Little Cord Art to your doctor or midwife.

Ordering Your Art

  1. Select your canvas. Think about where you plan to hang your canvas and choose a shape that will look just right in that space. You’ll have the following options: product options - shape
  2. Select your options.
    Size:How much wall space do you have? Do you want something petite, or a big, bold statement piece? Consider these factors when choosing your size.
      Price Total with shipping ($25 flat rate)
    16x20 $280 $305
    20x24 $380 $405
    24x36 $480 $505
    36x48 $580 $605
    16x32 $420 $445
    18x44 $520 $545
    20x20 $360 $385
    30x30 $470 $495
    12x12 group 2 $400 $425
    12x12 group 3 $500 $525
    Digital Download
    Without canvas purchase   $250
    With canvas purchase   $75

    Select your style.
    The following examples help us understand what colors and styles you like. You'll select your top pick and use the comment box to tell us if you like others as well. Because every umbilical cord is different, the way your baby's cord is represented (shapes, sizes, patterns) will not look exactly like the images below. Based on your choices, we will produce three options to make sure we create one you love.
    Selecting a digital image. In addition to creating a canvas, you can purchase any of the images as a high-resolution digital download. Make it your baby’s birth announcement or do whatever you like with your image.
  3. Comment box. And if you love other styles or colors as well, let us know in the comment box. Or if you've seen a cool one on our FaceBook page, mention that. Based on your choices, we’ll produce three different proofs for your review.

The Collection Kit

When you order your canvas we will automatically send you a Little Cord Art collection kit. The kit contains everything necessary to gather a cord specimen, including:

  • An instruction card with three easy steps for your nurse, midwife, or medical assistant
  • A sealed blade to cut the specimen
  • A specimen jar filled with preservative solution
  • An information card for your contact details
  • A sealed-top bag (the specimen jar with your cord goes inside)
  • A Little Cord Art box, in which you’ll place the specimen jar (inside the sealed-top bag) and information card
  • Pre-paid return FedEx envelope to send the cord sample back to us

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Just so you don’t forget the kit when your baby arrives, we’ll send a reminder email two weeks before your due date.

One Last Choice

Based on the style options you choose during the order process, we’ll produce 3 different options for your review. You’ll select the image for your final canvas.

The Finished Piece

We print high-resolution Little Cord Art photos on museum-grade matte poly cotton canvas using archival inks that are guaranteed to last. Each canvas is wrapped around 1.5” thick stretcher bars and backed with hanging hardware, so it’s display-ready right out of the box.