Monday, September 8, 2008

Baby Footprint Plaster Tins

A neat gift for any new mother. These tins have plaster in them that allow you to make an impression of your baby's footprint that will last forever. I have done a set of three tins: the first one is for birth, the second for 6 months, and the third one is for when the child is a year old.

The total cost for the project was about $2.50. I got my tins at the Thrift Store for 9 cents each. My biggest expense was the plaster.

To make 1 set (3 tins) you'll need:
3 round, shallow tins that ascend in size gradually
2 12x12 sheets pretty paper
Mod Podge or tacky glue
alphabet stickers
spray paint for metal (I used Krylon)
3 sandwich size zip bags
Glitter Mod Podge, optional

1. Remove any stickers from tins (ex. nutritional value stats). Paint tins desired color. It took 2 coats to completely cover tins. Let dry at least 4 hours before moving to next step.

2. Using the compass, draw circles to fit on each lid on back of paper. Make sure to leave about 1" difference on the paper circles than on the lid. Cut out circles. I practiced on regular paper to I got the right size.

3. Position paper on tin lid and use Mod Podge or tacky glue to glue to lid. Make sure to follow directions on glue for drying time.

4.Use alphabet stickers to make "titles" for each lid: When I was born, When I was 6 months old, When I was 1.

5. Optional step: Brush glitter Mod Podge over entire lid for a sparkle look.

6. Fill each plastic bag with about 3" of plaster and place in tin.

7. Type out these directions and include in each tin:
Pour 1/2 cup of cold water into bag. Kneed plaster until smooth. Squeeze into tin.Tap tin on table and test plaster. If too soft tap again and test after 1 minute. (This may take a few minutes) Press child's moist foot into plaster. Let dry uncovered for 1 week.

8. Stack tins and tie with ribbon.


Marcia said...

Amber, what a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for the prayers, we really are going to need them!!!

Crafty Sue said...

These tins are soooooo cute!!!!
What a pity my kids are too grown up for that now... wish I could have used your idea of having their footprints in plaster when they were small, it would have been a treasured memory for me and for them too.
Thanks for sharing.