“Following in Daddy’s Footsteps” Craft

This is my husband’s first Father’s Day, and I’m hoping it’s a good one! A couple of years ago, we both struggled with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day because of how hard we’d been trying to get pregnant. I’m so excited for my husband to get to celebrate his first Father’s Day, so I wanted to do something a little personal and special for him as a gift from his son.

I got the idea off this picture, which I’d pinned on Pinterest a long time ago:
Unfortunately, when I clicked on the link to find the instructions, I was led to a completely confusing site, and I couldn’t find this picture anywhere! So, I was on my own… (and I’m sure we all know the disappointment of a misleading pin!)

Well, this is what I ended up with:

It’s not what I envisioned, so I’ll let you know some tips if you choose to try this.

First, I wanted this to be a complete surprise, so I couldn’t do any of the other similar pins I have that included daddy’s footprint with baby’s. I had to do the shoes. Actually, the timing was perfect, because my husband was gone this past week on a business trip, so I could work on this without getting caught.

However, his absence was a bit of a catch 22… he took a lot of his shoes with him! I initially grabbed an old pair of tennis shoes from his closet and quickly learned tip #1:

1. Make sure you pick a flat-bottomed shoe with very little tread.
That first tennis shoe was a complete disaster! After hunting through the rest of the hubby’s shoes, I finally found his mowing shoes and realized this is as good as it was going to get! So, I got a piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper (8.5×11 wasn’t big enough for his size), some navy blue acrylic paint, and a foam brush. I brushed the paint on and pressed the shoe down… and here comes the next tip:

2. Be sure to stick your hand inside the shoe and press down all over the place.
Also be sure to press the shoe in an action mimicking a step in order to get the full heel and toe. As you can see, I didn’t do it perfectly. This was actually my second attempt, and I felt it was as good as it was going to get.

I then got a shoe of my son’s and some light blue paint and a foam brush. I should have followed my own advice listed above and picked a shoe with a flatter tread… but I didn’t. 😦 Also, the next tip:

3. Pick highly contrasting colors.
I didn’t like how my son’s shoeprint gets kind of lost in my husband’s.

I finished by cutting a 1/2 inch border from another 12×12 scrapbook paper and adding the wording. I wish my handwriting was cuter… and I wish I could keep my letters the same size! I drew guidelines so I’d write in a straight line, but my words get progressively smaller with each line… And I’d like to thank my friend who gave me the idea for adding the Scripture! Anyway, after a frame, I’m done!

So there you go! I still think it ultimately turned out okay, and it’s the thought that counts, right? 😉

(And FYI, this is very budget-friendly! I only had to purchase the frame!)

Quick Tutorial

You’ll need:
-paper large enough for shoeprint (I needed 12×12)
-two colors of acrylic paint (the more contrast the better)
-a paper for a border (optional)
-two foam brushes
-two cups (to hold paint)

1. Clean the shoes and allow them to fully dry.
2. Paint first color onto husband’s shoe and carefully press onto paper (see tips above). Allow to dry.
3. Paint second color onto child’s shoe and carefully press on top of husband’s shoeprint. Allow to dry.
(Be sure to clean both shoes before the paint dries! It’ll just take water and something to scrub with.)
4. Add border and wording as you choose.
5. Frame.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Emma
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 20:17:40

    I love this idea and want to try it this year! Thanks for tips on the shoe tread. I have included your project in my round up! 🙂


    • kaylastanley
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 20:24:26

      I saw that – thanks for the pingback! One of my biggest reasons for posting my crafts is to keep others from learning the hard way what NOT to do! 🙂


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