Baby Prints : Crafts to do to your baby!

For our first arts and crafts time together, Bee and I made Valentine’s day cards and some fun baby prints. IMHO nothing is reeeeaaaalllly off limits (ok a few things) – hands, feet, fingers, buns, ears, bellybutton, nose – pretty sure at some point these will all be memorialized at our house. Whatever you choose – you can easily create thank you notes, framed art for nursery or art wall, keepsake ornaments and really above all, is just a fun sensory activity to do with your baby.

There is a family story of my little brother making “butt pwints” with a friend all over the sidewalk in their wet swimsuits –  inspired by family lore, an adorable baby tush and a mother’s need to traumatize her child, Bee and I created some art.

Supplies

  • Washable non-toxic paint (if applying to glass or ceramic will need to use a different kind of paint)
  • Foam brushes
  • Plate for paint
  • Lots and lots of baby wipes or rags to clean up the craftermath
  • Adorably baby
  • Paper, stretched canvas, blank cards, tracing paper, yardstick or whatever
  • Sheet or we just used a pee pad that we line the changing area with.
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Snapshot of supplies. We used our adoption profile book to tape the paper down too….

Tips

  • Rather than dip the foot into a plate of paint, I found sponging it on with a brush applied just enough to make a good mark. Reapply after each print for a similar color intensity.
  • Practice before making the real deal
  • Make more than one of the end product if you can (i.e. I made more than one of each card in case i messed up at a later point)
  • Talk with your baby about the colors, sensations etc
  • Tummy time! Laying baby down on tummy, painting the bottom and then pressing the paper (taped to a firm surface, like book) to their bottom is easier then pressing the baby down onto something. HOWEVER, this may change depending on the wiggle factor. In that case, this becomes a two person craft most likely
  • For the feet hearts, rather than rotate your baby or twist their foot to make the heart/v-shape, adjust the paper to the angle
  • For bum prints, clean off any diaper cream/ointment first
  • Plan a bath afterwards to get the paint out of all the toe crevices
  • Include yourself!
  • Take pictures of the final product. We have already started an digital album of art at eight tender weeks of age

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Mom joining in the fun!
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Sweet feet…..
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Easy gift idea to use large scrap book paper; light trace with pencil the border of the frame, make foot prints inside the board (so that they don’t get cut off; trim to size and place in a frame…. can also use Modpodge to fix to a stretched canvas
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Angle the card not the foot… Making Seahawks inspired hearts

 

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We made Valentines and Thank you cards…
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The card in the back is for a 49ers fan…. meh. 🙂
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Cleaning up the crafter math…
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Butt-erflies….. could also add dots to make ladybugs, use yellow paint and black for bees, on and on…..

A quick Pinterest search will reveal a plethora of hand and foot print ideas – sky is really the limit and no holiday can go uncelebrated with out and baby print. You know we will be making many more where this came from. Just a few for you…..

Happy Valentine’s Day! Bee’s first art exhibit ….. All About the Base (inspired by our trip to the SAM to see Andy Warhol); Bubbles, Tiny Bubbles and Butterfly I love you (a Marley shout out)

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Share your favorite baby print ideas or photos!

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