Handprint & Footprint Gift Ideas
Your baby is a constant source of pride and joy. He's also the perfect inspiration for meaningful home-made, personalized gifts for grandparents, Godparents and all the special people in his life.
Making gifts centered on your baby's handprint or footprint isn't just for the uber crafty. Crafters, would-be crafters and novices alike can churn out beautiful, inexpensive gifts that are sure to be treasured by each and every recipient. All you need to fulfill all of your gift giving needs is your baby, a little imagination, an afternoon and this baby handprint and footprint gift guide.
T-Shirts, sweatshirts, totebags and apronsWhat you need:
How to do it:
Slip the cardboard inside the shirt to add stability and prevent the paint from seeping through. Stretch the fabric so it's slightly taut, but not tightly pulling the fabric or distorting the item. Fasten with paperclips at the four corners.
Flower potsFollow the same instructions as t-shirts, but instead of pressing your baby's pre-painted hand or foot on fabric, roll a dry, clean terra cotta pot on his hand or foot. Once it dries, spray on a coat of clear matte finish to protect the print from fading, chipping or peeling.
Framed printsAndrea McCann, a Norfolk, NE mom of two, never had the time or energy for the setup and cleanup of really involved crafts. But, when her daughter was a month old, McCann was having trouble finding just the right perfect gift for her mother for Christmas. "I dipped my kids' feet in finger paint and printed their footprints together on a piece of paper. I put it in an old picture frame I didn't use anymore. It looked pretty nice, and my mom loved it more than anything I could have bought!"