Father’s Day Craft: Footprint Poem

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With Father’s Day coming up next month, I thought now would be a good time to get started on posting a few Father’s Day Craft.  I decided that I would start off with a real tear jerker of a gift idea.  This is one that I made for my husband on his second year of celebrating father’s day.

What you will need:

  • Tempura Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Ink Pad
  • Double frame (you can buy nice ones just about everywhere.  I went with a folding frame but you could go with one that allows for two pictures or one large picture and one small picture)
  • A photograph of your child
  • Printer
  • the poem at the end of this how-to


  1. Allow your child to paint a picture for daddy.  If you child is older, create a frame and have him or her paint the frame.
  2. Print out the poem and place it in the center of the picture or in the frame.
  3. Take your child’s foot and ink it (it is better if you use a light ink color so you can read the poem through the ink).
  4. Center the foot on the poem and stamp the footprint onto the poem.
  5. Set aside to dry
  6. Place the footprint/picture/poem into one side of the frame and a photograph of your child on the other side.  (You could also create another painted frame for the photograph.)  Oh, don’t forget to date it.
  7. Wrap and give to dad.

And that is it.  Well, except for the poem.  I have added it here and I’m not sure who wrote this poem but I know it wasn’t me.  So for now, it is simply by anonymous.

“Walk a little slower Daddy,”
said a child so small,
“I’m following in your footsteps
and I don’t want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For you are leading me.

Someday when I’m all grown up,
You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true,
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For I must follow you.”

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