Children grow far too quickly, so it is always nice to make a few DIY keepsakes along the way! I totally love todays craft, a clay footprint bowl keepsake! You can treasure how small your babies or toddlers feet are with this cute keepsake, which also doubles up as a beautiful kid made gift for family. These DIY clay bowls are simple to make and use air dry clay.
Are you looking for more DIY keepsake ideas? Take a look at our salt dough handprint bowl, fingerprint keyring and handprint photo frame.
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Clay footprint bowl keepsake
- Roll out a piece of air dry clay (about 1cm thick)
- Press your child's feet into the clay with their heels almost touching, creating a heart shape. Do one foot at a time. You will need to press your child's feet into the clay quite hard to leave a good imprint.
- Use a sharp knife to cut a heart shape around the edge of the footprints. Use a finger to smooth around the edges.
- Put the clay heart into a bowl. (You may wish to cover the bowl with cling film first so it easier to lift out the clay once it has dried). The bowl is being used as a mould to create the shape of your keepsake. When you are happy with the shape leave the clay to dry. Once your keepsake seems dry take it out of the bowl and turn it over so the bottom can dry out too. Totally drying time may take a couple of days.
Once your keepsake bowl has completely dried you are ready to paint it. I decided to just paint the footprints and leave the rest of the bowl the natural colour of the clay. Take your time and look carefully for where the footprint imprint is. I used gold acrylic paint, but these footprint bowls would look beautiful in any colour. Alternatively you could let the children paint their bowl themselves to create a truly unique piece of artwork!
I love the slight curve to the bowl and it is the perfect size for sitting on a window sill or a small table.
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