Handprints and Footprints for Father’s Day

June 17, 2010

This week, some friends and I took our little ones (4 months old, 8 weeks, and my E who is 6 weeks) to Biscuit Cafe, in Greenwich, for some fun clay painting for Father’s Day.

Stupidly I didn’t take my camera and their website doesn’t have a picture of the shop, so I can’t show you what it looks like, but it is a bright, cheerful space that is half ceramic cafe / half normal cafe; they sell lots of scrummy cakes, drinks and ice cream as well.

When you turn up you choose an item of pottery that you want to paint, from a vast selection – as well as the standard plates, bowls, mugs, vases, and soap dishes, they have some more unusual items like penguin, frog or fish piggy banks, golfing or football statues (not really statues, they may have been pencil jars – I didn’t take a close look at those) and lots of other bits and pieces.

As this was for Father’s Day, and it is my husband’s first Father’s Day as a daddy and not just a son, I chose a simple mug so that we could decorate it with E’s footprints and handprints. I thought it’d make a really sweet memento, and I love the thought that maybe we’ll do the same next year, and the year after, and so on – until she gets bored with it! – so that we get a collection of pottery as she grows, each year her prints being slightly bigger.

I was picturing that we’d end up making a huge amount of mess, but it was actually a whole lot easier than I had imagined! Luckily, all the babies were sleeping, which helped a lot. I started by painting E’s foot while she was asleep in her buggy, and then pressing the foot against the mug. The hands were much trickier, especially because at her age (6 weeks) she still has them curled up a lot of the time! Despite best efforts, the handprints ended up very faint and you can’t really see them very well. So here is the end result:


E's left foot print

There is a handprint underneath "I love You", which you can't really make out

E's right footprint. It isn't an abnormally fat foot, just a little smudged!!

And in case you were wondering, yes the paint is water soluble and comes off babies and clothes very easily!! Which is just as well because this is a surprise for Daddy Taylor, and he might have wondered what I had been doing to our daughter if he found bits of yellow in between her fingers and toes…

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Fiona June 17, 2010 at 8:25 pm

That cup is so cute, he’s bound to love it. Sounds like a great idea to make one each year and have a record of how much she’s grown.


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