Each holiday, I try to do fun, themed crafts with Donovan, and now Avery, too. For Christmas this year, we did footprint crafts to make shirts, like the hand and footprint turkey shirt we made last year for Thanksgiving. For Avery, we made Penguins, and for Donovan, we made snowmen. I think the shirts came out really cute! I intend to continue this tradition for the foreseeable future and to save all the shirts. Eventually, when we’ve made enough of them, I’ll turn them all into a cute quilt that will show their hands and feet as they grow.
If you’d like to make footprint shirts, or even just a footprint craft on paper, with your little one this holiday season, here’s how:
- Fabric paint (can be purchased at Michael’s or other craft stores)
- A blank shirt (choose a color that contrasts well with your design)
- Paintbrushes (I got an inexpensive package with 20 different shapes and sizes of brush at Michael’s. Different sizes make decorating and writing on your shirt easier)
- Cardboard or Paper Grocery Bags
1) Cut out a piece of cardboard or paper grocery bag large enough to cover the area of the shirt on which you will paint. Place the carboard or paper inside the shirt so the paint won’t seap through and make the shirt stick together. Then, fold the sleeves and any extra fabric back and tape it down on the back of the shirt so it won’t get in the way while you’re painting.
2)Paint your child’s foot using a brush. I don’t recommend dipping your child’s foot in the paint for this. It tends to be too gloopy and messy and can get paint splotches on the shirt that you won’t be able to get off. Just paint their foot with a light coat of paint and carefully apply it to the shirt where you want their footprint to go. Then, fill in their footprint using a brush and more paint until it is as dark as you desire.
3)Decorate the footprint with whatever pattern you want. We did penguins and snowmen. You could also do a Christmas tree, Mistletoes, or any number of other ideas.
4)Let dry overnight, after which the shirt can be laundered as usual.