Make a Baby Handprint BibA baby footprint bib is a terrific gift for grandparents, aunts and uncles or anyone who knows your newborn. Give yourself about 90 minutes to make one or more bibs.
Here's what you'll need:
- "Blank" or plain white bibs. These are available at any department or baby store. Also, consider getting more than one: making two or three bibs takes only a minute or so once you're underway. It's best to buy flat fabric (not the kind looped like a bath towel) so the paint imprint will be clearer.
- Paint. You'll need paint that will wash off, is child safe, and will stick to fabric (even survive washing). Crayola Portfolio Series Acrylic Paint, sold at MisterArt.com for $7.25, works well.
- A brush or sponge to apply the paint to your baby's hands and feet
- A dish for the paint
- Optional: a dish of water to dilute the paint to make it flow better. The Crayola paint mentioned above can be diluted eight to one.
It's a good idea to "practice" making footprints and handprints before you imprint the bibs. Try painting with the paint on a few blank sheets of paper to get a sense of how thick or thin you want the paint to be. Then try painting your baby's foot or hand and doing a few test impressions on a piece of paper. Once you've got a system down, get a bib in a convenient place for stamping, paint your baby's foot or hand, and stamp away.
Be sure to let the paint dry thoroughly before you test its sureness.
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