Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ghostly Baby Project

A few months ago I was looking for an art project that uses baby handprints and/or footprints and came across an idea for an adorable ghost footprint card.

I spiced it up a bit with some scrapbook supplies I found on clearance at Michaels. I think they turned out really cute and they were really easy. A great, cheap gift for grandparents and aunts and uncles and a fun keepsake. If you're ahead of the game, which I'm not, you could also include a picture of the baby (child) in his/her Halloween costume.

Here's what you need:
card stock or heavy scrapbook paper cut into strips - mine were approx. 8.5 in. by 5.5 in. (each 12x12 piece makes 2 cards)
black card stock cut to measure child's foot (see notes below)
decorative Halloween paper - cut to fit the measured black cardstock (I only used 2 pieces of paper to make 12 cards)
Halloween embellishments
glue or scrapbook stickies
Crayola White Poster paint (it's non-toxic and washable)
sturdy flat surface (hard cardboard, glass or hard plastic plate, etc.)
permanent marker
optional: solid light colored paper to finish the inside (see notes below)

Here's how you do it:
PHOTO DISCLAIMER: I am learning to use Dirk's 7D so the pictures are a little blurry, etc. Please bear with me, I'm working on it :)

First, you need to decide how large your black card stock needs to be. I used a large index card to get a round about idea of how big Kenzie's foot is and then trimmed it accordingly. You don't want the card stock to be too much bigger than your child's foot.

Put baby in the highchair, if you need to you can distract them with toys or songs. Have your supplies ready to go: paint, paintbrush, cut out black card stock, plate (or other hard surface) and tape

Lightly tape one piece of black card stock to a plate or other hard surface (have the rest of the cardstock near you so you don't have to let go of baby's painted foot).

Paint baby's foot. This is the part where the silly mommy noises come out and you say, "Tickle, tickle, tickle." ...Or at least I did....

Bring the plate, with the taped card stock, to the baby's foot and press down evenly.

Now it's time to use your mommy superpowers. While still holding the baby's foot with one hand, use the other hand to take the cardstock off of the plate. If the tape comes with it put the tape back on the plate. 

Position your next card stock. Repaint baby's foot and place it on the card stock. Continue to do this until you have made all of the foot prints you will need (or until baby has a melt down, whichever comes first)
While the footprints dry, you will want to cut your decorative paper. The size will be specific to your project. You want it to be evenly centered on the main card stock but you also want it to be big enough to show when the black card stock is put on top of it. Play around with it until you feel that it looks good.

Now that your footprints are dry, you will want to make a ghost face on them

Then glue the decorative paper onto the main card stock and then the footprint card stock onto the decorative paper and embellish. 

Optional: you can glue a piece of solid, light-colored card stock or scrapbook paper inside the card to give it a more polished look.

Write your message inside and Voila! An adorable Halloween keepsake to share with family and friends.

After you make your cards I would love to see them and I'm sure other people would too.


  1. cute, cute, cute! LOVE THIS!

    I bet you could make Christmas trees too!

  2. Love these babe! Awesome job!

    And Nat great idea!

  3. Very cute. Can't forget the hand print for Thanksgiving's little turkey. :)