Stuck on what to get grandma for Mother’s Day? This DIY Mother’s day gift for grandmas is something they will cherish – a priceless footprint craft.
In case you don’t have it on your calendar, get it on there stat! Mother’s Day is coming up! Since this is my first year as a mama, I have crazy respect for all the moms out there.
In particular, I’m super grateful for my own mother and Scott’s (obviously they are great mamas, look how good we turned out!).
Not only are they legitimately incredible moms, but they have been the best grandmas to Lily—like better than we could have dreamt of. So, Lily (me) wanted to get them a Mother’s Day gift for grandmas.
Of course, Lily isn’t really making a lot of money right now, nor can she drive to the store and get something. At four months old, she can really only offer one thing in abundance—cuteness!
This Mother’s Day gift for grandmas is perfect for those of you with babies and pretty easy to put together. Here’s how you do it!
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Mother’s Day Gift for Grandmas: Easy DIY Framed Footprints
All grandmothers will love this craft! It’s the perfect way to memorialize and capture this brief moment in time. Create a picture frame of your baby’s footprints.
This is so easy to do that you won’t have to worry about what to give your mom for mother’s day this year!
Here’s how to do it.
- A picture frame that displays 3 4×6 images (like this one right here)
- White construction paper
- Photograph of your baby
- Non-toxic, washable craft paint in the color of your choice**
- Foam paintbrush
**Use YOUR best judgment with paint! Even if the paint is non-toxic and kid-friendly, do NOT let your baby eat it!! Always follow manufacturer guidelines and have an extra set of hands available to help. Make sure you bathe baby right away when you are done. – sincerely, a paranoid mama
Okay, so this is pretty self-explanatory and super simple. I mentioned it above, but I really did need an extra set of hands to do this. I think it would be pretty challenging to do on your own, but when there’s a will there’s a way, right?
I recommend making this craft with a partner. Follow these directions, it’s so much easier with a little help.
1. Clean Your Baby’s Feet
Make sure the baby’s feet are clean (and kissable, jk) and dry. Dirty feet will mess up the print.
2. Paint The Bottom of Baby’s Feet
Take the foam brush and apply the non-toxic paint to one foot. Make sure you coat the entire bottom of the foot and a little bit on the sides at the bottom. Do one foot at a time to minimize the mess.
3. Make the Print On the Paper
Take the foot and firmly press it down onto the middle of the craft paper to create this sweet little print.
I ended up doing four prints of her left foot on four separate sheets. I wanted a copy for myself and a backup just in case one of the other ones got messed up.
Then, do the same on the other foot on a new sheet of paper. I did another four here for the same reasons as above.
4. Wash Baby’s Feet
Before we move onto the next step, go wash the baby’s feet. The paint should wash off fairly easily, especially if you wash it immediately after using it.
5. Cut a 4×6 Sheet of Paper
Once baby is nice and clean and sweet and cuddly, and the footprints are all dry, cut out a 4×6 sheet of the paper containing the foot and add one of each foot to the frames—I did left foot on the left, right foot on the right.
6. Add A Baby’s Picture in the Middle
Add baby’s picture in the middle and viola—best mother’s day gift for grandma ever!
Other Ways To Share the Footprints
Had Lily been a bit older, I would have done her feet together in one frame, and then her hands in the other. She still keeps her hands clenched, so it was literally impossible to get them painted without her being unhappy, so we will settle for her sweet little feet instead!
If you want to take it a step further, you can decorate the frame as well, or you can choose to keep it simple and classic, depending on the grandmother’s personality.
Either way, this is simply the best mother’s day gift for grandmas!
More Footprint Crafts
All grandmas will love having their sweet grandbaby’s footprints as a gift. There are so many different ways to give footprints as a gift. Here are a few of my favorite ideas that I wish I had tried when my baby was still little.
- Footprint canvas art – this video shows you how easy it is to make a canvas gift with a baby’s footprint
- Footprint heart art – this gift idea comes with the sweetest poem too.
- Handprint or Footprint Mugs – Personalize coffee mugs for grandma. You can even use their personal grandma name.
- Handprint Dish Towels – If your baby is too little to give their handprint, you can use their footprints instead.
Free Printable Mother’s Day Cards
Need a card to go along with this sweet project? I’ve got over 45 printable Mother’s Day cards for you! Plus, even better than the free card is the part at the end—I’ll show you exactly what to write in a Mother’s Day card. Trust me, this will be something mom (or grandma!) treasures forever.
Need More DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas?
If you are looking for more DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas, I’ve got plenty! These are great for last-minute gift ideas too if you need them. And, honestly, these would be a great gift for mom any time of the year.