Footprint calendar {101 Days of Christmas}

Footprint calendar {101 Days of Christmas}

Footprint Calendar for Christmas Gifts

As I was searching for footprint ideas for this year’s calendar, I couldn’t help but laugh. It would seem that most of the ideas on Pinterest are either made by adults with tiny feet or children with exceptional artistry.

Needless to say, our footprints are less about a perfectly cute work of art and more about capturing a snapshot of our kids’ growth in a fun way. They’re messy and imperfect, but we giggled our way through them and our 5-year-old has asked me every day when we can make some more!

Note: Footprint calendars are really best for 2 and 3 year old’s. You can make it work with an older child with the horizontal designs (flag, bus, etc.), but a 5-year-old’s footprint is too big vertically for the calendar templates. That said, you could make a cute footprint book instead if you still want to go that route!

Click here to download or print your calendar template.

Then browse through this list of ideas, each with a picture and description, to choose the ones you’ll use for your calendar:

If your calendar includes handprints, grab one of the handprint poems for the front page of your calendar. There’s space at the bottom for you to add names and the date!

A few tips from our experience:

  • Have your children wear smocks or old clothes. Clip hair back away from face, roll up pants and sleeves.
  • There’s beauty in imperfection, so don’t worry about smudges or other “mistakes”.
  • We usually do only one or two different designs at a time rather than trying to work through all 12 pages at once.  Washing hands or feet in between each one gets a little tiresome!
  • When using multiple colors, it’s always easier if you let the bottom layer dry first, but it’s not necessary for most of these.
  • Have fun!

Projects from the archives:

Fingerprint CalendarMiniature FrescoCookie Cutter Painted Gift Tags

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. What kind of paint works best for this?

  2. Hi Meg! We look for paint that’s labeled tempera or washable kids paint. Either way, it should be water-based.

  3. I think I just found the family gifts for this year. All I have to do is kidnap my grandchildren for a very long day. We would need to make 9 calendars. I just have two grandchildren with lots of great-uncles, great-aunts, great-grandparents and I think mom and dad would like one two. Plus If I’m doing all the work and capturing their little hands and feet for posterity shouldn’t grandmama get one also?

  4. Oh, yes! I am absolutely doing this for the grandparents this year! Such a great idea 🙂 Love your ideas!!

  5. I made these and they came out awesome!! I am giving them to the grandparents (and myself). Instead of punching holes or using ribbon, i put them on a 6 inch wooden easel–it looks very classy and fun!! Thank you so much for the idea and the downloads!!

  6. The dates are wrong? Starting on March its labeled the year 2015 not 2016

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