In the second blog in my ‘preserving memories’ series I thought I’d talk about preserving children’s handprints and footprints. Tiny prints are so cute, and they’re something to treasure forever, but all too often we only realise the wonder of these little things when we’re wiping their prints off our windows at the age of 2 years plus! So here are a few ideas to capture them forever:
- DIY – taking prints is easy (although admittedly it can get a bit messy, so make sure you have soap and warm water to hand!) Either paint your child’s foot or hand, or use an inkpad (make sure the paint or ink is washable), and then press it down firmly, but not too hard, onto a piece of paper or card. Great pieces of artwork can be created this way – we painted two canvases in the paint from our kitchen wall, then ‘walked’ prints across it with your 13 month old – that was seven years ago, and people still comment on our unique artwork.
- Kits – lots of places sell kits where you can press your child’s hands and feet into a soft putty which dries hard, creating an impression which you can then frame and have as a picture – simple but effective.
- Cast in metal – there are now many companies that will cast your child’s hand or footprint in metal to display as a picture, or make into a gift such as a necklace, cufflinks etc. Great for a gift for grandparents.
- Patch gift – at Patch I can take your child’s hand or footprints, cut them out of some of your favourite material (perhaps one of their baby tops) and stitch them onto a keepsake item such as picture, cushion or tea cosy, creating a unique gift to keep or give away. Take a look at our new memories section for more ideas.
I hope these give you some inspiration to capture your child’s prints when they’re really young – it’s amazing how fast their little hands and feet grow into great big paw prints!