How to make an announcement with baby's hand or foot print

Oct 9, 2008 at 11:54 a.m. ET

Announcing your baby's arrival to friends, family and co-workers is something you've been looking forward to for nine months. And, now that the big day has finally come, there's no need to send out for birth announcements or to spend loads of cash.

Handprint InvitationYou've got the most unique announcement embellishment right in your home. Your baby's hands and feet! And stamping those onto a birth announcement will make each and every one just as special as your bouncing bundle.

Here's what you need to know to make personalized hand or foot print announcements for your baby:

What you'll need:

  • Non-toxic, washable ink pad
  • Card stock (solid color, ivory or white is best) 
  • Paper cutter
  • Colored pencils, water-proof pens or markers
  • Envelopes (most craft stores carry blank envelopes in a few different sizes. Just remember oversized envelopes might require additional postage.)
  • Straight edge or ruler (for optional folding design)

Time to set aside:

One hour to make at least 30 announcements

Getting started:

Cut each piece of card stock to 1/8" less than the width of the envelope. Then cut the pieces to be 1/8" less than two times the height of the envelope. Fold each piece of card stock in half.
(Announcement alternative: Cut the pieces so they're 1-1/8" less than the height of the envelope. Using a ruler, draw a faint line on the cut card stock that's 1/8' short than the height of the envelope. Folding on that line makes the top of the announcement a little shorter then the bottom.)

Once all the announcements are folded, make sure your baby's hand or foot is clean and dry. Stamp his hand or foot into the ink pad and place it on the front of the card. (Announcement alternative: Experiment on a blank piece of paper with different positions for the print. Some options are horizontal, vertical and even diagonal. Or, use a pair of prints. Stamp both hands or feet, or mix it up using one of each.) Repeat with all the cards you've cut.

Let the stamp dry before filling in the details on the inside or tucking it into the envelope. (Announcement alternative: place a stamp of your thumbprint on the back of each announcement and add a saying like "Made with love by Zachary's mom" or the date of the stamp so recipients can look back on the announcement and see how small his hand or foot was, and exactly when it was that size.)

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