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Plastic Step Stool with Child Footprints

I don’t know why I kept that blah, soft green, plastic Safety 1st step stool around for so long. It was useful, but so uninspiring. Prompted by the cute crafts my son was bringing home from preschool, I spray painted the stool with a paint/primer combo. When it was dry, I painted the bottom of my son’s feet with craft paint (it’s what I had on hand). I then helped him make a footprint on the stool. (He was sitting and I brought the stool up to his foot.) When the footprint dried, I sprayed it with several coats of a clear sealant to protect the footprint. It has held up wonderfully well. I can’t decide what’s better, the fact that my son LOVES to see his footprints on the stool or that his friends think someone is going to get in trouble for stepping in paint! Plus, I now have his 4-year-old footprint preserved for many years to come!

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You Will Need...

  • Plastic step stool
  • Spray paint (paint/primer combo preferred or one designed to cover plastic)
  • Craft paint
  • Clear sealant
Estimated Time:
  • Step 1

    Thoroughly clean plastic step stool so it is ready for spray paint.
  • Step 2

    Spray paint the stool the color of your choosing. Make sure to use a spray paint specifically designed to color plastic. Apply as many coats as needed to thoroughly cover the surface. Allow to dry completely.
  • Step 3

    Paint the bottom of your child's foot with craft paint. You could also pour the paint on a paper plate and have the child rub their foot around on it.
  • Step 4

    Once the bottom of the child's foot is evenly coated with craft paint, help them make a foot print on the stool. I found it easier to have my child sitting and then to bring the stool up to his foot. Pay careful attention to the position of the foot.
  • Step 5

    Quickly wipe off the paint with a paper towel or have a bowl of water nearby to clean the foot off with. This step is more to avoid getting paint everywhere!
  • Step 6

    Repeat the same process with the opposite foot.
  • Step 7

    Allow the footprints to dry completely.
  • Step 8

    Finally, spray 2 to 3 coats (or more) of a clear sealant on the stool. This will protect the footprint from rubbing off. Allow to dry completely before using the stool.
  • Step 9

    Step back and admire your handiwork. (Step pun intended.) :-)

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