It's not hard to forget how small a newborn is upon arrival. My first two came out big enough to bypass newborn clothing after about three weeks of healthy nursing but Smith was a whopping pound-and-a-half smaller than both of them. His features were so much more petite. I never really saw the value of documenting their size in the form of a clay mold or paper cut out as a first time mom but standing on this end-knee deep in chapter books, school crushes, and feet almost as big as mine-I'm so much more sensitive to how fleeting these tiny days are.
One evening, after Smith was well fed, I got out the acrylic craft paint and a sketch pad and enlisted the help of my husband. I did a few test runs on one sheet of paper to see which angle was most effective and then ripped off a few new sheets to get down to business. I reapplied fresh paint and after about five takes had a footprint with all five toes that wasn't smeared. My professional foot stamping opinion is to set the paper on a table or counter and gently press your child's foot down like he/she is taking a step. It will likely take two people. Safety first!
As soon as I had the print I was happy with we washed the paint off of his foot. I suggest using something non-toxic. Then I took apart a frame from ikea and centered my footprint in my mat with room for some handwritten details. I added his first and middle name and his birthdate and then adhered the mat to my page. Then I trimmed off the edges with my paper cutter and framed it before adding it to the gallery wall arrangement.
I love that it's bold and adds to the graphic look of this wall but is also sentimental. The Denbow men tend to be on the taller side with big feet. It's hard to believe my little men could one day be wearing a size 13 shoe!
For more ways to add handmade touches to a baby space or customize something for yourself check out my Alpha Sticker Art, Mini Banner, and God's Eye tutorials. They're cheap, easy, and can be finished in two episodes of The Mindy Project.