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I Toetally Love You Foot Print Keepsake

I Toetally Love You Foot Print Keepsake

Throughout the year there are many occasions where keepsakes are just the most adorable thing to receive. We have Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Christmas, Grandparents Day, Valentines Day, Birthdays or just simply because. Making a batch of Salt Dough using our super easy recipe has endless possibilities! Today I am sharing with you an adorable Foot Print Keepsake that is perfect to give/keep all year round. 

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First you need to set about creating a batch of Salt Dough. Follow our easy recipe for the perfect consistency and results.
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I Toetally Love You Foot Print Keepsake

Once you have your batch of dough, get some imprints taken of your children's feet. All the details on drying time and the method of how to speed this up can be found along with the Salt Dough recipe. 
Make sure it is fully dried out before you attempt to paint and decorate as the paint/pens will not work effectively. You will risk ruining your keepsake. 

I Toetally Love You Foot Print Keepsake

Once it has fully dried time for the fun part - decorating. 

I always use Acrylic Paints. You need paint that isn't water based. 4 years ago I brought a Reeves set of Acrylic Paints (UK/US) and I still have so much left, even though I have used them for so many crafts. A little goes a long way and the colours are so vibrant, they come highly recommended. 
You may need to paint a couple of layers depending on how the colour comes out. You may find it patchy to begin with. I usually find two coats are perfect. Trial and error, darker colours may only require one coat. Allow time for the paint to completely dry before adding any more coats. 

I Toetally Love You Foot Print Keepsake

I decided to go for a white and silver combination. 
Something a little different from the Foot Print Keepsakes we created a couple of years ago using red and purple. 

I Toetally Love You Foot Print Keepsake

Once the keepsake has dried you can add some text to your keepsake. I must admit I am terrible for waiting and always write too early. This was the case this time too. Whooops! I find that by going over the text again the writing comes our perfect. Using a permanent Sharpie marker (UK/ US) does the trick. 

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You can seal your keepsake then but be sure to write names and dates on the back. The years fly by and its always lovely to be able to flip over these keepsakes that we treasure and know exactly when they were created. 

Lets take a took at this activity in action:

I Toetally Love You Foot Print Keepsake

This has been made for my Mom as part of her Mothers Day gifts from the children. She adores keepsakes! Her favourite remains the Snowman Hands we made. 
What keepsakes have you made? Do come and share them with us! 

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