Do you need a last minute gift for the wonderful grandmothers in your child’s life? Here’s a quick and easy DIY craft you can do with your kids. You only a few materials.
If your child’s feet are too big for a jewelry dish (honestly, Carl’s feet made the dish bigger than I initially wanted), then you can use their hand print, thumbprint to make a heart, list the grandchildren’s names, or just the name of the grandmother.
In my case, I chose to use Carl’s footprint (which didn’t show up well in photos) and the grandmother’s name.
But, you can personalize the decoration portion of the tutorial to meet your needs. Maybe you want to make flowers or even a paw print!
Easy Mother’s Day Craft from Babies & Kids
Footprint Jewelry Dish
Materials for the Mother’s Day Jewelry Dish
Scupley clay (one small pack per dish, I chose to buy a large one because I was making 3 dishes)
A Bowl the desired size of your dish
Acrylic paint in your desired color (optional)
Paint brush (optional)
Wet paper towel (optional)
Directions for the Mother’s Day Jewelry Dish
1. Roll out your clay slightly bigger than the size of the bowl (about 1/4 in thick)
2. Place the bowl upside down on top of the clay.
3. Cut the clay using the bowl as a guide.
4. Carefully tear away excess clay.
5. Gently lift the clay and place on top of wax paper. (I prefer to do this after I roll it because the wax paper can make it more difficult to roll out).
6. Firmly press your child’s foot into the clay. I stood Carl on the counter with one foot on the clay. I pressed his foot into the clay using his weight and pressure from my hand. Make sure to press hard to make an indentation. If you mess this step up, no worries! Just use the rolling pin to smooth the clay back out.
7. Using the letter stamps, stamp the name of the Grandmother.
8. Move your fingers/hands around the edge of the dish and round the edges up.
9. Place the jewelry dishes on the baking sheet.
One for Carl’s Grammy, Grandma, and GG (great-grandma)
10. Bake based on the directions of your clay. We baked ours at 275 for about 15-20 minutes.
11. Remove from the oven and let cool.
12. If you are not painting your dishes, you are done!
Painting – Optional
The dish is pretty on it’s own but it can be painted as well. I added some paint so that the dish would be a little more durable. I also wanted to add some color to the names.
1. Paint the stamped letters in your desired color.
2. Use a wet paper towel to gently wipe the paint off the surface of the dish (paint will remain inside of the stamped letters).
3. There may be some paint smudges left around the letters (especially with a darker color like red) but those will be covered up with white paint.
4. Let the dishes dry based on your paint’s directions.
5. Using white paint, paint your dish again. Get as close to the letters as you can (I found I could even go over the letters lightly and the red paint still showed through).
6. Let the dish dry and you’re done!
You can also paint the entire thing white for a simpler look:
Here’s an example of another finished dish. I used gray in the letters for my Mom.