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23 June 2011

DIY Baby Footprint Poster

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So I've had a couple people on facebook tell me that they have been seeing my little project all over pinterest.  I knew it had kind of taken off on tumbler, but was excited that it spread so much on pinterest.   The only problem was...they saw it there first instead of seeing it here first - bummer.


Ah well, exposure is still exposure, right?  Kind of??   If you are wondering, the footprints are simply made by using an oil based paint that I brush onto the bottom of baby's feet, a regular interior paint for the board, a piece of scrap plywood, tacks and a whole lot of contortion and patience with the bebe.


Basically, I painted out the scrap piece of plywood with leftover interior latex paint and let it dry.  The entire piece is fairly lightweight and is attached to the wall with six little upholstery tacks.  I take the board down every time I update the footprints and the tacks just stay in the board.  To make the footprints, I use a thick, oil based paint that is intended for artists creating oil paintings on canvas.  It works well because it is super thick and "cakes" the bottom of the foot so the footprint is clear and full in one press.  If you use regular paint, the feet will slide around more and make more of a "smear". 


This paint can take days to dry, so plan on leaving the board down (outdoors) several days after each footprint set has been stamped.  Placing a wet art piece next to baby's crib is a decidedly BAD idea.  If you look close at the photos, you will see a few little fingerprint arks where kiddos have made their unintentional mark on the board...even outdoors they still manage to find it... :)


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12 COMMENTS:

Becky Jane Thursday, June 23, 2011  

Amy, your creativity takes my breath away! I guess I'm just too impatient, if I can't figure out how to use something now, then I usually throw it away and regret it later. I must stop doing that and stash things away until I figure out what to do with them!

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SocialStudiesSoubrette Thursday, June 23, 2011  

Gorgeous! What a creative mind you have. I LOVE the footprints above the crib. Wish I had come across this around 17 months ago, bleck.

Grace Thursday, June 23, 2011  

I love your ideas. So creative.

Orangies Attic Thursday, June 23, 2011  

What a great idea... but I have to say, the baby is CUTER!

Delaney Friday, June 24, 2011  

The feet canvas is so adorable!
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Wakela Runen Friday, June 24, 2011  

That feet canvas is such a cute idea.

rccalyn Friday, July 01, 2011  

I totally love this idea, and HAD to post it to Pinterest! You are so creative, and I wish I had time to do even half of your projects!

Miss Kitty Friday, July 15, 2011  

I love, love, love that baby footprint idea! I work in a hospital nursery so we make footprints with a disposable ink blotter to put footprints on birth certificates...it's not hard. Word to the wise: Don't try to do baby handprints unless the baby is SOUND ASLEEP and stays that way.

thommi fairchild Wednesday, October 10, 2012  

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the footprint art you made! I have to admit, I first found it on pinterest, but will be frequenting your blog as of now! :)

I was wondering how often you took your little ones footprints?

thanks!

Amy Renea Friday, October 12, 2012  

Thanks Tommi - glad you found me! I took the footprints every 2 months or so at first and then slowed down to every few months, then every year.

Julie Friday, August 23, 2013  

All linked up! Loved this project, your images if it are beautiful! Thanks for letting me know the correct source.

Amy Renea Saturday, August 24, 2013  

Thanks so much Julie!! I really appreciate it! :)

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