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Little Miss Momma: Baby Footprint Plaque Tutorial

Monday, June 21, 2010

Baby Footprint Plaque Tutorial

Baby Footprint Plaque Tutorial
{Featuring Mod Podge, of course}

I had grand plans of having this project completed before Father's Day so that I could share this gift idea with y'all, but Baby W had different plans this week--better late than never, right?!

Here is what you will need to make your very own
Baby Footprint Keepsake Plaque:

Wooden Plaque {@ Michael's for about $2 or less}
Your little ones foot print on scrapbook paper
Acrylic Paint {or spray paint}
Mod Podge {I used the matte finish}
Paint brush
Sand Paper {not pictured}

Use the acrylic paint to get a footprint from your babe.
Good luck getting a decent footprint of your squirmy little bundle of joy.
I got about 20 like this before I got one that was half way decent:

This one looks like Baby W has 3 inch toes.

Paint the edges of your plaque the color of your choice {I used black}.  No need to paint the middle of the plaque since it will be covered by the paper.

Now you have to cut the scrapbook paper with the footprint on it to be the correct size to mount on your plaque.  This is the tricky part. Because the plaque has a bevelled edge you can't easily trace the outline. 

So here is a helpful technique I have learned.  Flip over the paper with your footprint on it and place it directly onto the spot on the plaque that you want it. Now, grab a crayon and color over all the edges of the plaque.  The EXACT edge of the plaque will show up the darkest in crayon.

Now, cut out your paper along those dark crayon lines for a perfect outline.

Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to the surface of your plaque and then place your footprint cut out on top. Smooth out all the bubbles.

Notice that the edges won't be perfect and glue may be dripping down the sides.
This is OKAY.

Before applying the top layer of Mod Podge take your sandpaper and sand down the rough edges of paper and dripping glue. 

I also sanded the edges of the plaque to give it a distressed look.

Once you have finished sanding, apply the top layer of Mod Podge to the entire surface of your plaque.  Don't worry if it looks foggy and/or white from the Mod Podge--the Mod Podge will dry clear.

And here you have it:

I put my plaque on a photo stand, but you could also apply ribbon to the back and hang it {like I did in my door hanger tutorial}.

Now try to find the perfect place in your house to display your cutie-patootie wittle footsy wootsy.

Like here:

or here:

I will be linking up to these stellar blog parties!

And now lets take a trip over to one of
my favorite blogs eva, Love Stitched,
where I will teach you how to sew this
stretchy button headband:
{tutorial will be posted at 5:30 am tuesday}

Happy Crafting!

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At June 21, 2010 at 6:22 PM , Blogger reneek said...

That is a cool idea. Too cute.

At June 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Too cute! I love the picture of the mess-ups. :) Those are cute, too.

At June 21, 2010 at 7:21 PM , Blogger Linda@Coastal Charm said... sweet...luv this idea...I will pass it on to my family members that have little ones! Hop over and enter my COASTAL GIVEAWAY and join in at my NIFTY THRIFTY PARTY!


At June 21, 2010 at 7:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a cute idea!

~Lori@live,laugh,love,create :)

At June 21, 2010 at 9:05 PM , Blogger Brittany said...

So so so cute! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to feature your project on my blog. :)

At June 21, 2010 at 9:44 PM , Blogger Anna said...

This is so beautiful and such an awesome snapshot in time. I don't have kids yet but someday when I do I would love to make something like this.

At June 22, 2010 at 5:47 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

I love that! how fun.

At June 22, 2010 at 5:56 AM , Blogger cherry said...

Love this and Thank you so much for sharing .. I have been trying to think of a cute way to do this for all the new babies in my family. I think I will line them all up and have a footprint party
hugs from Savannah, Cherry

At June 22, 2010 at 5:59 AM , Blogger M.O.T.B said...

Okay, this is so sweet. I think I need to do this with the boys feet!!! What a great idea. You are so incredibly creative. Come by and visit me during my anniversary celebration!

At June 22, 2010 at 6:37 AM , Blogger Creations By Cindy said...

What an adorable idea with the baby feet! Be blessed. Cindy

At June 22, 2010 at 7:04 AM , Blogger Brittany@Love Stitched said...

love it!! AND super excited to have you be a guest blogger today at my Bloggy blog :)

At June 22, 2010 at 1:09 PM , Blogger brandi @ tales of a domestic goddess said...

cute cute cute!!

At June 22, 2010 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Charity said...

I am definitely making this one. I love it!
Oh and I am now a Little Miss Momma fan.
The hussy sent me.

At June 22, 2010 at 4:56 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

Great tutorial! I will have to try this since we love hand & footprint art :)

At June 23, 2010 at 11:41 AM , Blogger Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

I love this idea. I want to do something like this every year with my son. I'm book marking your page right now.

At June 23, 2010 at 4:10 PM , Blogger decorating diva {aka deanna} said...

such a cute idea! when my son was born 11 years ago, i stamped his little foot on cards to send out as announcements and thank-you's for gifts! so much fun!

At June 24, 2010 at 5:40 AM , Blogger Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

That is darling!!! I wish would have done that for all of my kids!

At June 25, 2010 at 9:25 AM , Blogger Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

Love the footprint idea. So darling. I just love little feet and toes. This would be cute with a hand print too.

At June 25, 2010 at 9:30 AM , Blogger Julie @ Creating This Life said...

Adorable! And I love the way you've displayed it. Thanks for sharing.

At June 25, 2010 at 8:10 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Great keepsake! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related #12! ~Bridgette

At June 28, 2010 at 2:02 PM , Anonymous baby gifts said...

You are too creative, Ashley! Can’t wait to see what you do next! This footprint plaque is just perfect gift for mothers out there, it’s one of the perfect ways to remember their baby’s most magical moments. I love the idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

At June 30, 2010 at 10:52 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Awww, I bet your hubby loved special! Hope you will continue to link to Fabulous Friday!
Heather @

At July 1, 2010 at 11:19 AM , Anonymous Red Head said...

Love it! I must make one, NOW! (I will have two little feet though, one for my baby and one for my 5 year old...) Thanks tons for the cute idea! Genius!

At August 3, 2010 at 2:27 PM , Anonymous Nat said...

Very nice! We're going to have one more someday and I may do this instead of the impressions. I like it very much- maybe add a name or date to it. Thanks for the idea!

At January 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM , Blogger Dominique @ Craft Couture said...

this adorable! Thanks for the idea! :) I'm excited to do it!


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