Walking on the Wall

Who is going to the beach/lake/river this weekend?  We are all itching to get to large bodies of water around here!  We live only an hour and fifteen minutes from the beach—-so we go quite often.

When our kids were younger we did this fun family project at the beach; but now we are going to have to re-do it!  By the time we went to add our third child’s footprints—they were bigger than her older brothers!  {We waited too long!}  BUT, we’ll have fun doing it again to update everyone.

You don’t have to go to the shore for this project—as long as you have some sand. A sandbox would work—or get a bag of sand from Lowe’s or Home Depot.

Want your family to walk on the walk?  It’s a fun and easy family project!


1.  a bucket of plaster of paris {from Michael’s, AC Moore, or any other craft store}

2.  sand

3.  water

4.  wire {florist wire or craft wire works great—at least 24 gauge}


1.  make sure the sand that you are using is a bit wet–not too wet, just damp.

2.  mix the plaster of paris in the bucket according to directions.  It should be a bit soupy

3.  one family member at a time make good footprints in the sand–make sure they are deep and a good, solid print {you can see toes, etc. well}

4.  pour the plaster of paris in each  print—make sure you stop at the top of the most shallow spot {you don’t want overflow}

5.  plaster of paris dries pretty fast—so once it starts to get the consistency of jello–make a hook with wire and insert it around the ball of each footprint {make a little loop at the end of each end of your wire–so it has a better hold inside the footprint}

6.  allow to dry

7.  when hardened—pick up your sand footprint and put in a safe place for 24 hours

8. find a fun place on the wall and hang!

This is a fun, easy project—we get so many comments from our’s.  BUT, here’s a funny story about our footprints.

While hanging Handsome’s footprints—I accidentally dropped one.  {Plaster of paris breaks SUPER easy—into a million pieces.}  So, when he came home that night—we re-did one of his footprints.  I was so excited. Project done.  All feet were on the wall.  And then I saw it.

We had re-done the wrong one!  He had two left feet!  The fact that Handsome & I are professional ballet dancers made the fact that he had two left feet hanging on our wall a big hoot!  It was so funny—we decided to leave it that way!  Adds to the fun factor.  Check out the picture above to see his two left feet for all to see in our home!  ha!ha!

I’m hauling out the surfboards and beach chairs………..

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6 thoughts on “Walking on the Wall

  1. This is such a sweet memory! We did it with our handprints one year! Thanks for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party! Can’t wait to see wait you share next!

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