Friday, September 17, 2010

Baby's Footprint Plaque Tute

Meg and I have some cute friends who are expecting new family members soon, and so we thought this would be the perfect project to give to them!  We hope all expecting girls like this!!
(And thanks to Ashley Scott for the wonderful tutorial)

Baby Footprint Plaque Tutorial
Supplies:
Wooden Plaque {@ Michael's for about $2 or less}
Your little ones foot print on scrapbook paper
Acrylic Paint {or spray paint}
Mod Podge {I used the matte finish}
Scissors
Paint brush
Sand Paper {not pictured}

STEP ONE:
Use the acrylic paint to get a footprint from your babe.
Good luck getting a decent footprint of your squirmy little bundle of joy.
I got about 20 like this before I got one that was half way decent:

Paint the edges of your plaque the color of your choice {I used black}.  No need to paint the middle of the plaque since it will be covered by the paper.

STEP TWO:
Now you have to cut the scrapbook paper with the footprint on it to be the correct size to mount on your plaque.  This is the tricky part. Because the plaque has a bevelled edge you can't easily trace the outline. 

So here is a helpful technique I have learned.  Flip over the paper with your footprint on it and place it directly onto the spot on the plaque that you want it. Now, grab a crayon and color over all the edges of the plaque.  The EXACT edge of the plaque will show up the darkest in crayon.
Now, cut out your paper along those dark crayon lines for a perfect outline.

STEP THREE:
Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to the surface of your plaque and then place your footprint cut out on top. Smooth out all the bubbles.
Notice that the edges won't be perfect and glue may be dripping down the sides.
This is OKAY.

Before applying the top layer of Mod Podge take your sandpaper and sand down the rough edges of paper and dripping glue. 

I also sanded the edges of the plaque to give it a distressed look.
STEP FOUR:
Once you have finished sanding, apply the top layer of Mod Podge to the entire surface of your plaque.  Don't worry if it looks foggy and/or white from the Mod Podge--the Mod Podge will dry clear.

And here you have it:

4 comments:

aimee Reynolds said...

AHHHH! I love this!!! I am so doing this...thanks girls!:)

Karli said...

Oh my goodness, this is sooo cute! I think I might have to try this with my youngest. :-) I love it! I'm getting ready to do your new button now. ;-)

Tweet Cheek Boutique said...

Thanks for the tips. I recently used a similar technique to make a bow holder for my boutique, but I think some of your tips will help me improve my product. I plan on posting a blog about it this week come check it out and tell me what you think.
thanks for the tips :)

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Hi there! I wanted to let you know that I have featured this post as one of my September bookmarks -- "Bookmarked on the Boardwalk". Feel free to stop by, take a look at your project as well as the others, and grab a button! You will find it HERE:

http://wwwbobbypinsboardwalk.blogspot.com/2010/10/septembers-boardwalk-bookmarks.html

If you're not a follower of my blog, I would love for you to sign up to follow. It will make it easier for me to see your future projects through my "reader", and of course, I always return the "follow"! Congrats on a fabulous project!