1) Find a poem and print it out.
Print out the poem with wide margins so there's plenty
of room for your baby's footprint. There are hundreds
of nice poems to use online, or go to your local bookstore
and pick out a book of poems. Because the poem will
be only for your personal use there's no need to worry
about trademarks - just find a poem that captures how
you feel about your baby right now.
When you print out the poem, be sure to use a dark
color for the type, and keep the font as simple as possible
- that way the poem will be easy to read, especially
for grandparents with failing eyes. Printing the poem
out on paper with a busy pattern or with the type in
a bright color is not a good idea.
Print out at least six copies of the poem. This is
because when your baby's foot is covered with ink, you'll
want to work fast, and not have to stop to print out
another copy of the poem. Having extras also takes a
bit of the pressure off, and makes creating the baby
footprint poem more fun for you and your baby - if you
mess up a few copies of the poem, who cares - you'll
have plenty of extras.
2) Craft supplies needed
- Water based paint (darker colors will show your baby's
footprint details better)
- a dish for the paint
- a brush or sponge to apply the paint to your baby's
- For an extra nice touch: a photograph of your baby
to paste onto the sheet
3) How to make the baby footprint:
Get your baby comfortable in a highchair or bassinet
near you and the work area where you'll be creating
the baby footprint poem. Its a really good idea to pick
a time of day when your baby is rested, fed, and relaxed.
The more comfortable you and your baby are with the
movement of pressing a wet foot on to paper, the better
your results will be. Some people like to have their
baby in a highchair, then press the paper to the baby's
foot (putting the paper over a hard surface, like a
book, works well if you try this). Others hold the baby
in their lap, then stand up with the baby in their arms
and use a free hand to press the baby's foot on to the
poem lying on the table.
Take a few minutes to practice pressing your baby's
foot on to a blank piece of paper. Try it with and without
ink on your baby's foot. As always - don't stress -
the easier and more fun this is for the both of you,
the better your poem will look. Once you've found the
most comfortable way to make the footprint or both of
you, then it's time for paint.
Gently paint your baby's foot with water based paint
using either a brush or a sponge or even a paper towel.
If it all possible, use warm water.
While the paint is still damp, get the printed poem
(or a blank piece of practice paper), and either press
it against your baby's foot, or put it on a flat surface
and press your baby's foot against the paper. Press
lightly - its nice to be able to see the wrinkles and
details the foot impression leaves. You may have to
try several times to get a good print, which means repainting
your baby's foot a few times. And if the foot gets too
wet, the paint will drip. If your baby has an overly
wet foot, grab a blank piece of paper, do a quick imprint,
then immediately to a second imprint on the printed
out poem. Depending on the thickness of the paint, sometimes
the second imprint looks best.
Stop after you've got a few good prints. Take a moment
to clean you and your baby up, and take a break.
4) Finishing up.
If you don't want a lot of hassle, you can just pick
your favorite baby footprint poem, pin it up on the
wall, and be done. It might be nice to write the date
and the baby's name on the bottom of the print or on
the back of the poem. You could also paste a photograph
of your baby on the baby footprint poem.
If you want to frame the footprint poem to give as
a gift, most craft stores, gift and department stores
have lots of affordable frames to choose from. Here's
one extra tip for a framed baby footprint poem - try
to keep a one or two inch border around the outside
of the printed poem. This makes framing much easier
and more attractive.
About the Author:
Pamella Neely writes for Easy
Baby Handprint Crafts, where you can find
many other baby handprint and footprint craft projects.