Foot Craft Friday: Message Tee Craft

The finished foot-print kids craft tee shirtWe love our kids, sometimes so much that it feels like they walk all over us...and we don't even mind! It's just part of life with kids, so why not celebrate that fact with this adorable t-shirt craft idea from About Home

Foot Print T-Shirt

Ages: 2 and Up

Time: 30 minutes (Drying will take longer)

Materials Needed:

  • White T-Shirt
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric Pain
  • Paint Brush
  • Styrofoam Plates

Lay the t-shirt on a flat surface, either the ground or something pretty close to it, since the kids will be walking on the shirt and you don’t want them to fall.

Cover the area around the shirt with newspaper or something else to protect it from painted little feet. Place the piece of cardboard inside the shirt so paint doesn't leak through to the back of it. It’s also a good idea to keep a tub of warm, soapy water nearby to clean your child’s feet quickly after finishing (and a towel to dry them completely to help avoid the risk of athlete’s foot.)

Squeeze fabric paint onto the styrofoam plate and spread it so the whole surface is covered by a thin layer. Help your little one step into the paint, making sure his or her whole foot is covered. Have your child step carefully onto the t-shirt. You can use different paint colors for different kids, different colors for different feet or keep it all in one color to emphasize size differences. Play with it and make it yours!

Once the footprints are dry, you can use black fabric paint to write a message; in the sample I discovered, the parents cleverly chose to print: "My Kids Walk All Over Me".

Hope you have fun with this craft and, as always, if you try it out, feel free to share the finished results with me on Facebook.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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