This post was originally published December 8th, 2014
Have you been following along the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas posts? I’ve been so inspired…MAKE ALL THE THINGS! Suffice it to say, many people on my gift list will be getting beautiful, hand-made gifts this year. Here is the full lists of projects in the series:
December 1 – Rustic Wooden Chalkboards with Living on Love
December 2 – Fabric Candy Cane Ornaments with Crafty Mally
December 3 – Cookie Jar Snow Globes with Tag & Tibby
December 4 – DIY Bath Caddy with Down Home Inspiration
December 5 – “You Are Home” US Ornament with Natalie Creates
December 6 – Fat Quarter Cloth Napkins with That Moxie Girl
December 7 – Painted Decor Blocks with Classic Play
December 8 – Footprint Reindeer Aprons with The Caterpillar Years
December 9 – DIY Hostess Gift with Buzzmills
December 10 – Emoji Onesies with Frock Files
December 11 – Dried Fruit Ornaments & Garland with Maker Mama
December 12 – Salt Dough Frame Ornaments with Small + Friendly
Today is my turn to share a hand-made gift idea! This handmade, footprint reindeer apron is festive, useful, and involves your kids, which for me, is the holy trinity of hand-made gifts 😉
My sister and I, along with our kids, made this apron last year for my mom. She loves to bake, especially for the holidays, so an apron was a useful gift for her. And even though my sister and I live in two separate states, we were able to coordinate on this project. She bought the apron and the paint and placed her son’s footprint right in the middle of the apron. Then she mailed the apron and paint to me, and I added my girls’ footprints.
After the footprints were dry, I used additional fabric paints to paint on the reindeer faces, bows, and polk-a-dots. Such a fun gift to make!! And my mom loves it ♥
- White apron (like this one)
- Fabric Paint (like these)
- Assorted paint brushes
- Optional: circle stamp (I made one using an apple corer to cut a circle out of a sponge!)
- Children’s feet (preferably attached to children…your children…)
1. Place the footprints.
This is the hardest part. I recommend folding up the apron so you have only the chest square visible (place wax paper between the folded fabric, so paint doesn’t bleed on to the rest of the apron). Paint the bottom of your child’s foot and stamp their foot onto the apron. Paint in some of the foot print if major pieces are missing.
2. Paint on the Reindeer
Once the footprints are dry, use white paint, black sharpie (or paint) and red paint to give the foot prints eyes, noses and antlers. And if you’re up for it, bows are cute on the girl reindeer.
3. Add dots
I used an apple corer to cut out a circular piece of sponge, and then added red, green and white dots to the rest of the apron. This is totally optional though.
4. Bestow your gift!
Thank you to Stacy Nacu Photography for the photos!!
For more amazing homemade gift ideas from the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas series, check out these posts: