Call me sentimental, but I am a fan of tiny baby feet on little coasters, mugs, and tiles. When Holden was 6 weeks old, we dragged him to a paint-your-own-pottery place to stamp his tootsies on trivets (the cheapest pottery they sold) and I already felt that I had missed his “newborn foot size.” In hindsight, I think I was overreacting just a bit; his feet were still plenty small.
Heading out to the local Color-Me-Mine is a rite of passage for many Moms’ Groups and we encourage it. Lord knows we think you should get out of the house!
But there is another way to make these adorable keepsakes and turn the event into a fun party where you just need to brew up some coffee and let the fun come to you.
Yes, you can also have a paint-your-own-pottery party at home. A company called Thomas Claire offers kits of pottery, paint, and little name tags (to identify who painted what blob and which tiny baby footprint is actually yours).
Babies participate by providing feet to be footprinted while toddlers and preschoolers can do handprints or sponging and older children can paint masterpieces. We, the rookie moms, did this with just moms and kids to make Father’s Day gifts but this activity can be a sentimental Christmas gift or a newborn keepsake.
- Tips on getting the very best footprint on coasters and trivets.
- For a Moms’ Group outing at home, just add breakfast.
The good folks at Thomas Claire sent us kits to use as Father’s Day gifts. And I’m just writing about it now. Oops! I am using the mug today. For reals.