Footcraft Friday: Put Your Feet Up

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This footprint stool is the perfect gift for any parent or grandparentAfter having three children, there are a few things I’ve learned: they will simply EXHAUST you, and their feet are just so darned cute! That’s why I love this footprint footstool craft idea from Simply Kierste: At the end of the day, when the kids are FINALLY asleep, you can put up your feet and contemplate the beauty of theirs. All in peace and quiet. (An especially good idea for parents who are always standing—resting your feet at the end of the day will help combat foot pain and swelling. Until it all starts up again the next day, that is.) Hope you enjoy!

Footprint Stool

 

ITEMS YOU NEED:

  • wooden stool

  • spray paint (2 coordinating colors)

  • sandpaper/power sander

  • scrapbook paper

  • Mod Podge & foam brush

  • Finishing craft spray or poly
     

DIRECTIONS:

1. Paint your stool. Let dry, then distress the edges if desired. Mine was just basic wooden stool I had bought at Target several years before, but you could use anything you have--or even make one!  I want to make another one with all six of them, and this time I'll make it.

2. Footprints: I used spray paint, because it dries faster than wall paint, and doesn't get as gloppy. I sprayed the paint onto a paper plate (fyi...it eats foam plates; use paper ones), then using your finger or small brush, apply the paint to the bottom of the foot. Place it directly onto the surface, making sure to press down each toe. Press firmly, then carefully lift up. Repeat for each footprint. Let dry.

3. Print names. date, or desired text onto scrapbook paper. (font is Wish I Were Taller) I distressed the edges with Distress Ink.

4. Mod Podge the paper onto your stool, then cover the entire surface to seal the paint.

5. Apply a finishing craft spray or poly according to directions.

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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