Tuesday, December 2, 2014

#Naptime Pursuits: Footprint Art Christmas Gifts

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I love making handmade Christmas gifts. I don't think there is anything quite like opening a package and it being handmade. It is usually something that requires some thought, time and means more than a store-bought item. At least in my case I feel that way- and hope the people we make gifts for feel the same way.

With a new baby, I wanted to make gifts for people from Baby Girl. When I taught preschool, we did a handprint calendar that was given to families at Christmastime. My original idea for gifts from Baby Girl was to make handprint art. I did not think that through very well. She is 8 weeks old and still clenching her hands into fists most of the time. I painted her hand, not thinking about it, and tried to get her to make a handprint. Epic FAIL! I quickly regrouped and used her feet to complete the projects.




I bought paint for enamelware from Michael's- but you can get it from any craft store I bet and plain white plates from Target. Prior to Baby Girl's nap, I painted her feet- with the help of Hubby holding her, and stamped them onto the plates we bought for like $3.50 a piece. I then nursed her to sleep. While she was sleeping, I went about adding the details to each plate to finish them off. I didn't want to make 3 identical ones, so as you can see, they are all different. Finally, I followed the directions on the paint bottle and baked the plates to set the paint.


What kind of handmade items are you giving away this year?



11 comments:

  1. These are so cute, I love this idea.

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    1. Thanks! I'm pretty excited to see the receivers open them up!

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  2. I absolutely love these footprint plates! SO adorable! Unfortunately, my kids' feet are so big we'd have to use turkey serving dishes to make their's fit. They grow up waaaaaay too quickly!

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    1. Haha- I am quickly realizing how fast they grow. She is our first and I can't believe she is already 8 weeks old!

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  3. What a cute idea! I wish I had thought of this when my kids were little.

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    1. Thanks! I'm going to have to make a plate for us too, after all the other gifts are made for this year :-)

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  5. What a fantastic keepsake and gift too! Such a special way to preserve those tiny footprints year after year.

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    1. The question is "how do I keep this up without making the same thing over and over?" for next year

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