I love the new Christmas Footprint crafts that we made for our keepsake t-shirts this year! If you search on Pinterest, you can find all kinds of fun ideas. My boys are pros at the whole handprint & footprint thing now. They don’t even flinch when I pull their socks off and start painting their feet, and they hold nice and still so we can get good prints. They are very good boys!
Last year, we made penguins and snowmen, but this year, I wanted to do something that was Christmas instead of winter themed. So, for Avery we made Mistletoes and for Donovan we made a Christmas tree!
For these footprint crafts, you will need prewashed shirts in a light color, cardboard or paper bags, and fabric paint in green, red, yellow, and brown. Cut the cardboard or paper bag so it’s the same size as the shirt and place it inside the shirt so the paint won’t leak through. Then, tape the sleeves behind the shirt so they stay out of the way.
For both the Mistletoes and the Christmastree designs, paint your child’s right foot green and press firmly on shirt, slightly to the right of center—make sure the toes point toward the bottom of the shirt. Clean that foot and repeat with the other foot to the left of center, keeping the heels of the footprints close together. Fill in the footprints if necessary so they stand out boldly. Let the green paint dry.
For the Mistletoes, paint three red circles at the top of the heels for the berries, then paint a yellow ribbon like the one in the picture if desired. Using a thin paintbrush, add any words to the bottom of the shirt. For the Christmastree shirt, paint a yellow star at the top of the heels. Dip the end of a paintbrush in red and yellow paint to make the tree decorations. Paint a rectangle at the bottom of the tree for the stem. Add your words, and your done.
To find more ideas for handprint and footprint keepsakes, check out all our Handprint and Footprint Crafts.