Baby’s Own Footprint Necklace

Looking for a meaningful gift this Mother’s Day? Well look no further! You can use your baby’s actual footprint to make this extra special gift for grandma. And yourself. I won’t judge. I made myself one, too! Okay two. But I couldn’t help it… you can easily make a bunch of these at once so it’s impossible not to make yourself one while you’re at it. And they are so quick to make, it will probably take you longer to read through this tutorial than it will take you to make them. It’s personalized. It’s inexpensive. It’s quick. And it’s easy!

These are made using Shrinky Dinks plastic, which will shrink down to a third of it’s original size and become nine times thicker when it’s baked in an oven. So keep that in mind when you’re deciding how big of a foot you’re willing to wear around your neck. My daughter is actually a toddler now at almost 14-months-old, and her actual print measured about 4 1/4″ in length. After it was baked, it shrunk down to almost 1 3/4″ in length. Plus a little more for the border. If your little one isn’t so little anymore and you think a necklace might be too big, make a keychain instead!

::Update:: Since writing this post, I’ve seen these made for babies as young as a month old and they are cuuute!DIY Baby's Own Footprint NecklaceThere are so many different options with this project. You can use different plastic {clear, white, or frosted}, different paint colors, and different necklace chains {or key chains}. You can do handprints too!

Here’s how to make one {or two, or three} of your very own!

You will need:

  • Shrinky Dinks- I used Crystal Clear {found in a craft store or online}
  • Necklace chain
  • Jewelry jump rings
  • Non-toxic acrylic craft paint
  • Mod Podge- Gloss
  • 1/8” hole punch- I used the Martha Stewart Screw Punch but any punch should work
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Scissors
  • Brush/sponge/finger

DIY Baby's Own Footprint Necklace

1. Put a layer of non-toxic acrylic craft paint on the bottom of your baby’s foot. Stamp a bunch of prints on a sheet of Shrinky Dinks. We just kept stamping until the prints no longer showed well, and the lighter ones turned out better. The prints will get a lot darker after baking and you can see more detail when there isn’t a lot of paint.

You can also clean up any little smudges with a Q-tip at this point if you need to. Make sure your kiddo doesn’t run off while you’re doing this because she just might rip off her diaper and pee on the floor. Oopsie. :)DIY Baby's Own Footprint Necklace2. Cut out the footprint leaving a small border around the edges. Make sure to round the edges because if you leave any square points, they will be very sharp once you bake it. Also be sure to leave a little more room along the top of the toes so you can punch a hole for the jump ring.DIY Baby's Own Footprint Necklace3. Punch a hole {1/8” size} above the toes at the center of the foot. Don’t forget this step! You can’t punch the hole after it’s baked.

::Update:: If you forget to punch the hole before baking, a very small drill bit can save the day. Thanks to reader, Samuel, for the tip!

DIY Baby's Own Footprint Necklace4. Now you’re ready to bake! Follow the directions on your Shrinky Dinks package. It doesn’t take long so keep an eye on it! Put your full size print in the oven, and in 1-3 minutes {I didn’t actually time it, I just watched it curl up and flatten out again, and then counted to 30 before removing it} you’ll have a tiny plastic version of your baby’s footprint!

*Important* Don’t skip the part of the directions that tell you to press down on the footprint {with folded paper} after baking. If you want your print to be nice and flat, don’t forget this step!DIY Baby's Own Footprint Necklace5. Put a layer of Mod Podge {I used gloss} on your baked plastic to protect the footprint and keep it from scratching. Let it dry.DIY Baby's Own Footprint Necklace6. Almost done! Use your jewelry pliers to open a jump ring and put it through the hole you punched above the toes. Put it on the necklace and close the ring with your pliers.DIY Baby's Own Footprint NecklaceTa-da! DIY Baby's Own Footprint NecklaceNow admire your work and don’t feel bad when you decide to keep it for yourself. Make an extra one… just in case. ;)

I love my sweet little footprint necklace and so does my mom and mother-in-law. I know I’ll be making a lot more of these!DIY Baby's Own Footprint Necklace*UPDATE* Here are some tips I want to share with you after answering some comments and emails to hopefully answer some questions you may have. If you still have a question or run into a problem, just leave a comment or send me an email and I’ll be glad to help!

Tips:

  • Use only the materials suggested in the Shrinky Dinks directions for applying your print to the plastic. Others may rub off or smear. Craft paint = good. Ink = bad.
  • Less paint on the foot makes for a lighter print, which will show more detail after baking. The prints will darken after shrinking.
  • Q-tips work great for cleaning up any little smudges before baking.
  • Be sure to round all edges when cutting your footprint out. Any square edges will be very sharp after baking.
  • Resist the urge to pull your footprints out of the oven when they start to curl up and the ends look like they are melting together! I panicked when I first saw them roll up, but I have yet to have one actually stick together. They will flatten back out if you leave them in the oven a bit longer. Or at least they should {I don’t want you to burn the place down waiting for them}. I don’t actually time mine, I just sit on the floor and peek in my oven until I see them flatten back out and stop moving. Then I count to 30 and remove them.
  • Your footprint will be flat IF you follow the baking directions properly. You MUST press down on the footprint as it explains in the Shrinky Dinks directions or you take the chance of it turning out a little wavy and not being completely flat.
  • Do not forget to punch the hole before baking! But if you do, a very small drill bit can save the day! (Thanks to reader, Samuel, for the tip!)
  • Some have been interested in making these from old baby prints. I have not actually tried it, but have suggested trying Printable Shrinky Dinks. I would try scanning the prints and printing them out on this plastic {while following all the directions on the package} and then following the rest of the steps above. Although you may want to try spray sealant instead of Mod Podge to avoid smearing the ink. If you try it, I would love to know how it turns out or if you have any tips!

 

I hope you enjoy this necklace! If you make one, please oh please email me a picture or post it on my Facebook page. It makes my heart happy. :)

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75 Comments on Baby’s Own Footprint Necklace

  1. Lindsay
    May 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm (2 years ago)

    This is such a precious necklace. I wish I would have done that for all three of my children. They grow so fast & those tiny feet are never that size again. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    • Britni
      May 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Maybe they’re too big for a necklace, but what about hand print on a key chain?? Just a thought! They do grow way too fast and I’m loving her toddler feet, but I miss the little baby toes :(

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    • Brandi Jessie
      September 9, 2013 at 11:29 am (1 year ago)

      or use larger ones as personalized gift tags!! love this btw Britni!!

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    • carrie
      May 7, 2014 at 5:30 am (5 months ago)

      Or you could do each of their thumb prints. I don’t know if that would be too small but maybe?

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      • Britni
        May 7, 2014 at 6:06 am (5 months ago)

        Yes! But the youngest child I’ve seen them done on was 3 years old, so I can’t say for sure if it would work on kids younger than that. If you use the smallest amount of paint possible and can really get a good print (which can be difficult with the squirmy younger crowd), it might work on kids a little younger. I think baby thumb prints would be too small, but again, I can’t say for sure since I haven’t tried it. But I say give it a shot! And throw a few hand or footprints in just in case ;)

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        • Rosemary
          July 26, 2014 at 2:06 am (2 months ago)

          So, squirmy newborns around 7 weeks old are next to impossible. Print didn’t show, just a blob of paint, or half a squirming foot…so bummed. Love this idea but Mommy and baby do not have the patience to figure out how to make it work. Guess I’ll try next year :(

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  2. Bethany
    May 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm (2 years ago)

    This is so darn cute! Great job!

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  3. Arielle
    May 11, 2012 at 10:47 pm (2 years ago)

    I want to have children RIGHT NOW just so I can make one of these precious necklaces! SOOOOOO CUTE! I love your blog and can’t wait to see what you post next. ;-)

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  4. Arielle
    May 12, 2012 at 1:10 am (2 years ago)

    Also, what happened when you baked the darker ones? Were they still usable or could you not see the pattern of the foot as well? Could you use a different color paint too? Maybe a favorite color of Grandma’s or something? I love it!

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    • Britni
      May 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm (2 years ago)

      They still turn out just fine, but you can see more details in the lighter ones. And yes, you can use any color :)

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  5. Lowri McNabb
    May 13, 2012 at 4:07 am (2 years ago)

    This is a fabulous idea that I will using very soon!
    Thanks for sharing :-)

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    • Britni
      May 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you for the comment! I think I might be blushing :)

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    • Britni
      May 14, 2012 at 12:11 am (2 years ago)

      You should! You WILL love it! :)

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  6. Sara lambert
    May 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I am making those tomorrow before my baby gets any bigger!! She is almost one!! Also what font do you use for your website? I’m pretty sure it’s my new favorite! Thanks!!
    Sara

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    • Britni
      May 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm (2 years ago)

      It’s the perfect time for you to make one!! It won’t be too big or too small. The fonts are Century Gothic {text in posts} and Courier New {titles}. I just fixed up my blog and Century Gothic is now my new favorite font too! Thanks for the comment :)

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  7. MommieJoys
    May 23, 2012 at 12:00 am (2 years ago)

    Amazing. LOVE this idea. Christmas maybe? I might try a hand print too! Wish I’d seen this when my daughter was tiny!

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    • Britni
      May 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm (2 years ago)

      I feel like I missed a lot of ideas too!! And my daughter’s only 14 months old :) Do a hand print and stick it on a key chain! Thanks for the comment :)

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  8. Karen
    May 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this idea! However my daughter is now 10 yrs old….it there a way to do this from a photo copy of her baby prints???

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    • Britni
      May 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Karen, I think you might be able to do it. If you look here, you can find printable Shrinky Dinks for inkjet printers. So maybe you can scan your daughter’s prints into your computer and print them out on the printable Shrinky Dinks. I have read that the ink can run when you try to seal it so you might want to use some type of a clear spray sealant instead of Mod Podge. I think you also have to reduce the saturation of the picture {or something along those lines} on your computer before you print because they get darker when you bake them, but it will tell you for sure in the directions. I’m not sure how small a newborn’s prints would turn out but I would think it would still work. You could always enlarge them before printing if they do happen to come out too small. Let me know how they turn out if you try it!! I would love to see!

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      • Karen
        June 2, 2012 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

        Thank you for the info! I will try it out! :-)

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  9. nicole
    June 4, 2012 at 8:18 am (2 years ago)

    i think this is so cute. I might have to try this with all three of my kids, with their hands and feet. thanks a bunch for the idea.

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    • Britni
      June 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm (2 years ago)

      I hope you do and I would love to see how they turn out!! Thanks for the comment! :)

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  10. Ashlee
    June 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm (2 years ago)

    I totally love it!!! I wish I had done this with all my babies when they were babies. Do you think my 11 year old’s foot (we are just a few sizes away from each other) will fit on a bracelet? I’m featuring it today, thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

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    • Britni
      June 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm (2 years ago)

      I think it might be too big, but you could always try!! Maybe you could do a key chain?? Or hang it off of a loop on your purse or something! :) They are suppose to shrink to about a third of the original size, but it’s still hard to visualize how it will look when it’s done! If you try it, I’d love to see how it turns out. And thank you so much for featuring my necklace!! I’m heading over right now to check it out!

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  11. Melissa
    June 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I tried to make four of my kiddo’s 3 year old foot today for daddy and gpas. For some reason mine did not work at all. I’m so sad an frustrated, really don’t know what I did wrong. Mine all just turned into a ball of plastic. It shrunk up on the ends into itself. I put in for exactly the timeframe and used the paper to press down. Still didn’t work. Any advice?!?! Please? This was a last minute additional dads gift I really wanted to work out.

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    • Britni
      June 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Melissa, my guess would be that they need to be left in the oven longer. Honestly, I didn’t time mine at all. I just waited until they flattened back out and then counted to 30. Then removed them and pressed down on them for 15 seconds. When I was watching mine and they rolled into a ball and the ends stuck together, my first reaction was to take them out right away! But don’t! If you wait and just keep watching, they should start to flatten back out. When they look flat again, start counting to 30. Then take them out. Try it and let me know if it works! I hope that helps! :)

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  12. Karen
    June 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm (2 years ago)

    This is so cute! But im just wondering could you be able to engrave it?

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    • Britni
      June 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm (2 years ago)

      Karen, I’m not sure if there is a way to engrave these. Maybe you could write (with what they recommend using for your type of Shrinky Dinks in the directions, and I’d try to use a really thin tip) around the foot or on the back before you shrink it? If you want to write on the back, you might want to use the white Shrinky Dinks if you’re able to see it from the other side when using the clear plastic. It might take some experimenting! Hope this helps!! :)

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    • Britni
      August 1, 2012 at 11:43 am (2 years ago)

      YAY! Thank you so much! What a great surprise! :)

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  13. Heidi
    August 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! Very cool. I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it! I hope to see you back tomorrow.

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  14. Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.
    August 28, 2012 at 11:22 am (2 years ago)

    This is adorable! What a great idea! Thank you so much for linking up to the Pomp Party! Pinning!

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    • Britni
      August 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! And thanks for pinning too :)

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  15. Jessica
    September 26, 2012 at 6:06 am (2 years ago)

    Hi! I’ve been browsing your blog after finding you through the blog hop. This is such a cute idea and I just may have to make it for myself!

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    • Britni
      September 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Jessica! You totally should make one! And thanks so much for stopping by, I’m on my way over for a visit :)

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  16. Sarah
    September 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm (2 years ago)

    This is awesome!!!! And your so funny! Really enjoyed this tutorial!

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    • Britni
      September 30, 2012 at 1:15 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Sarah! You are too sweet and just made my day! :)

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  17. April
    October 27, 2012 at 1:54 am (2 years ago)

    This is amazing and I am so trying to figure out how to do this for all of my babies. My first two sons were stillborn so their footprints are tiny but Im wondering if I enlarge their prints (3x perhaps) if I will end up with approx their original size? I would do the same for my rainbow baby.
    Aww so cute!

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    • Britni
      October 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm (2 years ago)

      April, your comment both breaks my heart and makes me so happy at the same time! I think that is such a great idea to make them the original size and will be such a great keepsake for you. We will figure this out, one way or another! And if you get too frustrated, send me copies of the prints and I won’t sleep until I figure it out :) It will probably take some trial and error, but 3x larger sounds like a good place to start. There are multiple sheets in each pack of Shrinky Dinks, so you’ll be able to play around a little. How are you planning to do it? I haven’t used the printable Shrinky Dinks yet, but that might be a good option. I think you have to mess with some settings before printing it {it will tell you in the directions} and definitely use a clear spray sealant to protect it, so it doesn’t smear the ink. If the prints get blurry when you enlarge them, I wonder if they would still look okay once they shrink. I think they might. Or you could always use the clear Shrinky Dinks and lay it over your enlarged print, and then paint it in yourself. Whatever you do, please keep in touch with me {through comments or email} and let me know how it’s going, or if I can be of any help! And promise to send me pictures of the end result! I look forward to seeing them :)

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  18. Ashley
    November 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I tried this last night. And even though they sat overnight AND I used a spray sealant, the ink still rubs off. Plus the sealant put spots in the ink too. And the mod podge just smeared if all over the place. Epic fail! Anyhoo…any suggestions on how to fix this?

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    • Britni
      November 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh no! I’m so sorry it’s giving you trouble! Okay, so a few questions… what kind of Shrinky Dinks did you use {clear, printable, etc.}? And what did you use to make the print {paint, ink, etc.}?

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  19. Ashley
    November 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I used white SDs (that’s all they had at Hobby Lobby) and I used kid safe black ink.

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    • Britni
      November 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm (2 years ago)

      I was hoping you would say that, because my guess would be that it’s the ink! I don’t have any Shrinky Dinks on hand, so I’m not sure what all can be used on them. But I used a little bottle of non-toxic craft paint and it did not smear at all. I even applied the Mod Podge shortly after baking. So I’m thinking that ink just can’t be used on them because it wipes off. Let me know if this helps! And I’d love to see your results if you have time to send me a picture :)

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  20. Ashley
    November 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm (2 years ago)

    WooHoo!! The paint worked great! Thanks so much for the tip!!

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:25 am (2 years ago)

      YAHOO! I’m so glad it worked! Thank you so much for letting me know, that makes me so very happy! I hope you are enjoying your little footprints :)

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  21. Donna Carlino
    December 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi I have been trying to find out if you can mod porter photos onto shrinky dinks after they are baked. I have project in mind of making all the grandchildren & greatgrandchildren’s photo (one each) into Christmas ornaments for my mother for next year. There are alot, if there weren’t so many I could use the printable. But it cost so much so I was hoping to use the regular stuff. Any thoughts or do you know if this can be done. I do have a year to make it :) thanks in advance and Merry Christmas.

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    • Britni
      December 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi, Donna! That is such a great idea! I haven’t tried it after it’s baked, but I definitely think it would work! The only problem I could see would be the ink running on the photo. I have never tried using Mod Podge on a photo myself, but I have seen people do it successfully, and others not so much ;) I would try thin coats of Mod Podge over an extra photo and see if it makes the ink bleed. I’m sure some inks and papers bleed more than others. So if it doesn’t bleed, awesome! But if it does, you might try using a thin coat of spray sealant. And apply more Mod Podge when it dries if needed. OR maybe you could use clear Shrinky Dinks, and put the photo face down on the back of the ornament. And then Mod Podge over the back of the photo. Although I’m not sure if it would distort the image or not! If you’ve already figured all that out and were just wondering about trying it after it’s baked only, pretend I didn’t just babble on about it! ;) I hope this helps! And I hope you remember to come back and show me your beautiful ornaments! I am curious to know how you make them work, I may just have to try your idea next year too :)

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  22. Emily
    January 4, 2013 at 12:06 am (2 years ago)

    These are brilliant! I have everything I need to make them at home! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea!

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    • Britni
      January 4, 2013 at 12:27 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Emily! I’m so glad you are making some, you are going to LOVE them! I’m actually making a few more this weekend myself :) I can’t wait to see the difference in her foot size since the last one! Might be making key chains ;) If you happen to take photos, I’d love to see them!

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  23. Becky
    March 21, 2013 at 8:42 am (2 years ago)

    was sitting here checking this out and I am thinking if your kids are older scan a picture of there souvenir birth certificate with the footprints then save and print it on the shrinky dink paper not sure how well it will work but its worth a try!

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    • Britni
      March 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, Becky! Awesome idea! They do sell printable Shrinky Dinks, although I haven’t tried it yet but hopefully it might work!

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  24. Jill Flory
    April 26, 2013 at 11:52 am (1 year ago)

    This is a super cool idea! I’m thinking it would be fun with hand prints too!

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    • Britni
      May 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Jill! Oh yes, I definitely want to do some hand prints! I tried a while ago but the little one wouldn’t keep her hand flat so it was just a big smudge ;) I’m hoping now that she’s older I can get a good one!

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  25. Liz
    May 7, 2013 at 11:00 am (1 year ago)

    This is one of the cutest ideas I’ve ever seen. :) My siblings and I were trying to figure out how to top last year’s Mother’s Day gift for our mom and I think this is perfect. :) However, since my brother and I are 22 and my sister is 21, we’ll definitely need to do the InkJet Shrinky Dinks! lol

    I know it sounds silly, but I’m a Veterinary Assistant, so my mind goes to Furry Babies, too and this would be great for Pet Parents. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • Britni
      May 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm (1 year ago)

      Awwwwww! Thank you so much! You are the sweetest!! You will have to let me know if the inkjet ones works. I forgot to add in the tips section that you might want to use a spray sealant {based on what I’ve read anyway} instead of Mod Podge so it doesn’t smear the ink. Just in case you do try it! I better add that in the post too, thanks for reminding me ;)

      And I LOVE your idea of doing this for pets!! It’s not silly at all! That would be way too cute!

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  26. Jade
    May 8, 2013 at 10:59 am (1 year ago)

    Made these as handprint keychains for mothers day! Absolutely adorable. I used sparkle mod podge to add some shine!

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    • Britni
      May 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm (1 year ago)

      YAAAY!!! Thank you SO much for letting me know, that makes me so happy! And sparkle Mod Podge? Genius! I bet they are so, so cute! I haven’t seen hand prints done yet so that is awesome to hear. And I definitely haven’t seen glitter ones! I wish I could see them! Love it!! :)

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  27. Tammy
    May 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm (1 year ago)

    How would it work on a 5 week old?

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    • Britni
      May 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi, Tammy! I have seen one made for a one month old, and it came out great! Just go really easy on the paint so it doesn’t peel up and get too thick when you bake it. Hope that helps :)

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  28. Tori
    May 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm (1 year ago)

    I love this idea. So cute and very simple! I can’t wait to do this with my little ones. 4 month old girl and 4 year old boy, i’m interested to see the difference in size between them. I’m using this as a mothers day gift for my grandma, mother in law, and myself. :)

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    • Britni
      May 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Tori! Ohh that would be so cute seeing the difference in size! And that’s exactly how I used mine last year, it was such a great Mother’s Day gift for all of them {including me, hehe}! I hope they turned out great and you, your grandma, and mother-in-law all love them!! :)

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  29. Bethany
    May 26, 2013 at 6:27 am (1 year ago)

    Sooooo cute! This would make an excellent Christmas ornament!

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  30. Amand
    June 25, 2013 at 11:51 am (1 year ago)

    WOW, This is so cute!!! I wish I had this idea when my son was a baby! =) Great job!!!

    You have a beautiful blog!! =D

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  31. Katelin
    September 6, 2013 at 11:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Such a perfect idea. My daughter is almost three weeks old and her foot is very small any idea how tiny the footprint or hand will come out after baking?? Please email response to angelnextdoor19@gmail.com

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  32. Stacie
    April 17, 2014 at 6:57 am (6 months ago)

    I’m crying reading this and thinking about making one. I lost my daughter at 18weeks and this would be a perfect gift for my mom. And myself. And maybe my other daughters too. Thank you!

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    • Britni
      May 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm (5 months ago)

      I am so sorry for your loss, Stacie :( I have no words. Thank you so much for sharing your story and I hope that you and your family enjoy your very precious necklaces if you decide to make them! I would absolutely love to see them if you do. I wish you the best and will be sending you many thoughts and prayers! <3

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  33. Holly
    April 29, 2014 at 4:35 am (5 months ago)

    Was wondering if you let the paint dry before baking, or if it is ok to put in the oven while still wet?

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    • Britni
      May 1, 2014 at 8:36 pm (5 months ago)

      Hi, Holly! I put mine in the oven right after stamping and cleaning the paint off my kiddo’s foot ;) So I would say I only waited a few minutes before putting them in the oven and they were probably still a little wet. If the paint is super thick and really wet, maybe wait a bit longer to be safe. Hope that helps! :)

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  34. Bridget
    May 2, 2014 at 10:09 am (5 months ago)

    Has anyone successfully done the inkjet version? I want to make these today.

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    • Britni
      May 3, 2014 at 8:25 pm (5 months ago)

      I haven’t had anyone share an inkjet version with me yet so I can’t say for sure. However, there are many tutorials out there using inkjet Shrinky Dinks, so I would assume it is possible! It might take some tweaking (adjusting the brightness, size, etc.) but I’m sure there is some way to make it work. Maybe take a peek on Google and find some posts from others who have used them so you can grab some tips before you start. I’ve been planning to test it out and if I do, I’ll be sure to post. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out! Pics are good too ;) Good luck and I hope they turn out! :)

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  35. Samuel E. White
    May 6, 2014 at 6:11 pm (5 months ago)

    I am making these for my wife, for her first Mother’s Day! I did everything as you said, however I forgot to punch the plastic before baking it. I thought everything was ruined, but I thought to myself, “What if I try drilling a hole with a drill bit?” I had nothing to lose. I took a very small drill bit (just the right size for the necklace ring) and low and behold I was able to do it with ease and it didn’t ruin the footprint. I just wanted to suggest this as a way to “fix” the issue of forgetting to punch a hole in the plastic before baking.

    Thank you for your this very cute and wonderful idea! I cannot wait to give this to my wife.

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    • Britni
      May 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm (5 months ago)

      Hi, Samuel! You have no idea how much your comment just made my day! I am thrilled to know that men are doing this project too! You are going to score some major points this Mother’s Day. ;) And thank you SO much for the helpful advice. I’m going to update my post tonight to include your tip. That will save a lot of people some heartache! If you happen to grab some pictures, I would love to see them. Thanks again and Happy (first) Mother’s Day to your wife! I hope she loves it :)

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  36. Bermicia
    June 11, 2014 at 11:46 am (4 months ago)

    Can you post any pictures you received from those completing this project? Also is the footprint water-resistant after using the mod podge?
    I’m thinking about doing my son’s footprint in a fleshtone if I choose to wear it as a necklace so it’ll stand out against my dark skin. I also saw metallic paint in acrylic that may make the footprint dangle adorably from my charm bracelet.

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