Make It! Hand & Footprint Projects You’ll Keep Forever

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Little piggies. Digits. Whatever you call em’, tiny fingers and toes are the most kissable parts on little ones. There are a ton of ways to create a darling keepsake, from classic footprint art to holiday decor. (If you find a way to keep those wiggly feet still, the job is halfway done!) Check out some of the coolest ideas we’ve found for making and displaying hand and footprints.

Family Hand Lineup
Everyone at home can get in on this clever keepsake. Snag a print from all the members of the fam; it’s a simple, chic way to display a moment in time. The thrifty mama at Creatively Living offers how-to tips to make this a real framer.


 photo: Creatively Living

Lovable Footprints
There’s no question you love everything about baby. Freeze time with adorable wall art incorporating a favorite saying or song about L-O-V-E. Click here for the down-low on how to make this cute craft. All you need is a willing pair of feet.


 photo: Christina Fiedler

Glitter Digits
“Hand” out adorable glittery prints for gifts this year. Be sure to provide a mini easel with each gift so grandparents, aunties and uncles can proudly display a cute canvas through all the seasons. Lily & Bliss provides the how-to for a very glitzy idea.


 photo: Lily & Bliss

Toes in the Sand
Keep the summer vibe alive with a sandy footprint keepsake. Set aside some plaster of Paris, select some shells and capture a magical moment to enjoy for years to come. Grab the full tutorial from Paging Fun Mums.


 photo: Paging Fun Moms

Holiday Hand Plate
Celebrate the holidays with DIY design! Cool doesn’t have to cost a ton, and a handprint plate will add style to the season. Grab a charger, some paint and a willing subject or two. Chic On A Shoestring has the easy instructions for a fabulous handmade craft.


 photo: Chic on a Shoestring

Construction Site Prints
Make way for some seriously cute “toe” trucks. A fun project for any age, kiddos will get a kick out of seeing their feet turn into an all-terrain vehicle. Be sure to grab some ribbon or adhesive backing to display more than just one of these beauties. For more details head over to The Keeper of the Cheerios.


photo: The Keeper of the Cheerios 

Month By Month
If you hope to capture every tiny growth spurt, be sure to check out this über-clever way of watching those toes grow! A great addition to the nursery, this keepsake is one for the ages. Amy, the crafty mama at A Nest For All Seasons has the DIY details.

monthbymonth_babyfootprintart_redtricyclephoto: A Nest for All Seasons / Jill Barnes

Prints on a String
Want to wear your kiddo’s prints close to the heart? Create a super-sweet necklace with this fab tutorial from Sarah Ortega. Creating this precious gem is affordable and the finished product is just as awesome as any bought in a store. A quick trip to the craft store (or Target) and a little time and you’ll have a super awesome gift in less than two hours.


 photo: Sarah Ortega

Ornaments to Hang
Ahh, the baby footprint ornament … your house wouldn’t be complete without it. With cool colors and shiny ribbon, these tiny toes are delightful. Follow the steps of Ariel, blogging mama of Dreams To Do. Her take on the classic keepsake will have you wanting to display wee pad prints every day of the year.


 photo: Dreams To Do

Flower Child
A great treat for the green thumbs in the family and a super-duper easy craft, this butterfly footprint pot is way off the cuteness charts. Plant a seed or two and watch all your flowers grow! The challenge comes when attempting a perfect pair of wings but Mama Papa and Bubba, will show you the easiest way to get it done.


 photo: Mama Papa and Bubba

Got any great ideas for displaying baby toes? Share with us in the Comments!

— Gabby Cullen

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