Making It Monday: Foot Print Nursery Decor

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It’s Monday!  That means it’s time for Making It Monday.  Some weeks the crafts will be super simple, some times they’ll be a bit more complex, and sometimes they’ll be perfect for toddler participation.  Regardless you can be sure that you’ll always find something adorable with instructions so easy to follow that even the craft-challenged will be able to replicate the project in their own home – promise!

For the longest time I have been ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the adorable birth statistic prints I have seen on numerous websites, but being the frugal mama I am I just couldn’t justify spending a lot of money on one.  I had contemplated making one myself, but I’m definitely not a graphic designer and figured it would just be too difficult to do myself.  But guess what.  I decided to give it a shot and I am so glad I did because it turned out great.

Making It Monday:  Foot Print & Birth Stats Nursery Decor

Materials & Supplies:
8.5”x11” White Cardstock, Ink Pad, 8”x10” Picture Frame, Computer with Paint Program, and Color Printer

Directions:
1.)  I used my computers paint program to make Willow’s name and birth statistics.  You could use any program, but for those that are graphic design illiterate (like me) this worked wonderfully.  I resized my work area to fit the cardstock and began playing around with fonts and colors.  To get the vertical text I first made the text horizontally, selected it, and rotated right. Each name or statistic was a separate text box.

Making It Monday:  Foot Print & Birth Stats Nursery Decor

2.)  Next I loaded the white cardstock into my printer and made about six copies because I was sure we wouldn’t get it right on the first shot.

Making It Monday:  Foot Print & Birth Stats Nursery Decor

3.)  I patted the ink pad onto the bottom of Willow’s feet and made the prints… and made the prints… and made the prints… one foot at a time.  Yes, it took numerous tries to get them right – babies aren’t the best at cooperating with craft projects, hehe.  When we were all done I used a baby wipe to remove the ink from her feet.

Making It Monday:  Foot Print & Birth Stats Nursery Decor

4.)  I then used the glass from the picture frame as a template to cut the paper down to the 8”x10” size I needed to fit in the frame. I reassembled the frame and sat it on top of Willow’s dresser or you could also hang it.

Making It Monday:  Foot Print & Birth Stats Nursery Decor

I really wish I would have decided to try this a long time ago when Willow was brand new, but even at 8 months her feet are still relatively tiny and I am very happy with how my print turned out.   I have thought about scanning the hospital prints into my computer and manipulating the color to match my words, but I prefer the real prints.  Though I may do that for my older girls so they have their own as well.  And as always be sure to check out my other Making It Monday posts for more craft fun.

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19 Responses to Making It Monday: Foot Print Nursery Decor

  1. Super cute! If I ever get 5 minutes to myself to design it, I’m definitely going to do it! Thanks for the instructions :)

  2. Kelly M says:

    This is adorable!! I think I will have to steal the idea of pulling out their old footprint pictures and manipulating the color on them because my kids are 4, 2 1/2, and 1… but I do have another on the way in September and her little feet will make one of these nicely!!

  3. christy g says:

    I see all these things…. And it makes me sad I didn’t get to do them with my kiddos! So cute!

  4. Jeffrey says:

    That came out great, you did a wonderful job! Its nice to have it on display and as your little girl grows up she can compare her feet with the ones in the frame. I sense a little business venture on the side for you!

  5. Janet W. says:

    That looks great and is such a neat addition to a nursery! Looks so professional! Great job!

  6. Danielle, where do you buy your card stock?

  7. Bekah Kuczenski says:

    Aw this came out so cute! Her foot prints came out perfect, those aren’t easy to do with wiggly baby feet lol.

  8. Brittany S. says:

    While doing this for Grandparent’s Day gifts right around the corner, I noticed our babies worn born on the same day! Our son was born 8/18/12 at 8 lbs 2 oz and 20 1/2 inches long :) He’s now over 36 inches long!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Lisa Kuhl says:

    What a wonderful idea! I wish my littles were still tiny! At least the hospital did their footprints when they were born.

  10. Keara B. says:

    I just love this idea! I really enjoy crafts but rarely find enough time to complete them (I’m horribly slow). This looks easy and very professional- great way to decorate my little one’s bedroom!

  11. shelly peterson says:

    Love this! It turned out great! this would be grea tto do with my 9 month old grandson and the new one arriving in September. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. carissa joslyn says:

    I LOVE this idea! I’m going to have to try it with my little man!
    Wish I found this when he was a bit younger though! ahhh maybe ill buy some stuff today :D

  14. Wes says:

    THAT is an awesome idea!! Looks great!! I should do this for our newest addition. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I love this, it turned out great! Wish we would have done something like this with my grandchildren. What a precious keepsake

  16. Jean says:

    I love this – so professional (and expensive) looking! My girls are well past the newborn stage, but this might be adapted for birthday prints.

  17. Carly T says:

    Wow, this looks great and you make it look so easy! I’d like to try it when my baby comes.

  18. Beth R says:

    That turned out so adorable! I am not computer savvy at all but would love to try my hand at making one for all three of my boys. Since they are bigger now though, I might just use a piece of clip art or something. I wonder if I could scan their footprints from when they are babies and somehow put it in. I will have to work on that :)

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