Baby’s First Crafts for Grandpa and Grandma

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We live more than 500 miles away from family, so my children aren't able to see their grandparents as much as I would like. I make it a point to have them create art pieces to send to grandma and grandpa on a consistent basis. Over the past 10 months, I have created a few fun and simple hand and footprint crafts to document Ryker's growth. My parents look forward to seeing his hand and footprints every few months. I have become quite skillful at the task of holding a wiggly baby, smearing him with paint, spreading his hand or foot out, quickly pressing it onto the paper, and releasing the body part before he moves. It's not an easy feat! 

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Check out these simple ideas that Grandma and Grandpa will love! 

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Supplies

  • Large paintbrush
  • Washable paint
  • Paper or small canvas 
  • Water
  • Wipes (for easy cleanup)
  • Newspaper (to cover the table or floor)

Tips

  1. The fastest and easiest way to create the print is to paint your child's hand or foot.  
  2. Once you paint the body part, work quickly. Once you place the foot or hand on the paper, lift it off the paper quickly. I found that the older the baby, the more difficult it is to create a clear print since they like to explore the feel of the paint.  
  3. Place the wipes close by for quick and easy cleanup once you complete the print.  
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Long-Distance Hug

Each month, I create a long-distance hug to send to the grandparents so they can watch him grow. I just am in love with a baby's hands and feet, so this is a favorite project of mine. I completed the arm span a few different ways over the past months, including with yarn, paper chains, and wrapping paper. Depending on the materials you use, this project is easy to fold up and mail in an envelope.  

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Handprint

Turn your baby's handprints into leaves to create a family tree. Include each family member's name and year they were born on the tree. This print would be great as a canvas that could be hung on the wall.  

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Flower Pot Print

Decorate a flower pot with your child's prints using acrylic paint. Select a dark paint color to be sure it shows easily. Let the paint dry overnight then apply two to three coats of water-based polyurethane sealant.  

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Handmade Greeting Card

Paint your baby's adorable feet to create a one-of-a-kind card for grandma or grandpa. Place a picture of your baby on the outside of the card for additional brownie points.  

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fishing print
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Gone Fishing

This cute hand and foot print is perfect for any grandpa that loves to fish! This is another print that would work great on a canvas.  

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Have you created any crafts for the grandparents to celebrate your baby's first year of life?  

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Baby’s First Crafts for Grandpa and Grandma

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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1 comment

  1. Bunsy Bear says:

    Great ideas! You can find more on pinterest!

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