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Baby Footprint Magnets
This is such a super easy project to do postpartum – footprint refrigerator Magnets. It’s just two easy steps.
The local craft stores didn’t have any footprint kits. Since I wasn’t as interested in all the fine detail you get with the ink pad as the general shape of the foot, I decided to just use non-toxic fabric paint. I also wanted to use the paint to make a handprint on an ornament one day.
My mom held Nicki in the cradle position, and I painted a little fabric paint on her foot. I’d then take a piece of paper, place it on cardboard for support, and press it up against her foot. I found it easier to move the paper to the baby, than the baby to the paper. Less messy that way too. We took about a dozen footprints until I got a reasonable one. (Someone likes to wiggle her toes a bit.)
You can go straight to the magnet with the footprint, but I decided to scan it into the computer and make duplicates. I was planing on sending a footprint magnet to family and figured I’d need about a dozen magnets. Even if I got better at taking her footprints I was still going to really be testing my newborn’s patience if I sent everyone a real footprint and not a digital duplicate. Scanning them into the computer also allowed me to alter the color of the footprint, and let me clean up any issues like stray marks left by wiggling toes as well as preserve them for posterity!
If you’re making one or two, it’s cheaper to go out to Michaels and by magnet backing. If you’re sending them out with your birth annoucements (which is what we did), or planning on redecorating the grandparents’ fridge, you might want to consider Xyron Creative Station with Magnet Refill Cartridge. I refer to it as my “sticker making machine” and used it to adhere my wedding invitations to the pocket fold. It’s definitely a handy device if you like to make a lot of paper crafts.
See, super easy. Added bonus: you can use the left over magnet backing to make photo magnets!