Monday, January 11, 2010

Footprints on the Carpet

I'm changing things up just a bit here at The Gentle Giant. I hope you all don't mind. I'm planning to do more postings about myself, craft ideas, projects I'm working on and of course stories about Abby, The Gentle Giant. The thing is that I am just as much a Gentle Giant as Abby is. Like mother, like daughter, I suppose. But the description applies as much to me as it does to my little, Ab. Also, I've mentioned before that I'm cautious about becoming one of those parents... not that I'm even remotely close. I just want this blog to focus more on myself and my adventures as a parent of two kids, one of whom happens to have Autism. So this is one of those posts, which I'm hoping to do more of.

For those of you who play the Santa game, I found this great idea on a blog that I'm new to and wonder where it's been all my life... Not So Idle Hands.

I am sooo doing this next year.

Here are her instructions to create Santa's footprints. For my Wonder-Woman-Single-Mama friends who might not have a man's boot laying around the house, maybe pick up a cheap pair at Goodwill and keep one of them tucked away for this little project and throw the other out.

  • Find your man's boot and trace it onto a large piece of paper and cut out.
  • Then, use the "hole" for a stencil and use a fine mesh sieve to sprinkle flour onto the carpet.
  • Next, tap excess flour off of your stencil and turn it over next to the 1st one to make the other foot (turning it over makes it the opposite shoe, so you only have to cut one stencil.)
(all photos from

For those of you who were at Bean's birthday party on Halloween, this is where I got the idea for the Jack-o-Lantern jars. Check out the pics and links on the lefthand sidebar of Not So Idle Hands. Emily has some great ideas and I'm excited to keep following her.


Sarah said...

Very cool!
But perhaps I'd need to use some red dirt down this way :)

Chessa! said...

looking forward to seeing your new posts! :)

My name is Erin. said...

Sarah- You can always say that it's soot from someone elses fireplace or snow from the North Pole.

Chessa!- Thanks for stopping by! : )

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

Erin, you're welcome to share the tutorial with ANYONE who needs it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!