Baby bootee cups are a creative addition to any baby shower. Fill the cups with candy or nuts, then place them around the room or use them as place card holders on a set table. For parting gifts, fill the bootees with homemade treats and wrap them in cellophane. Whichever way you choose to use baby bootee cups, you are sure to impress your guests with the fact that they are handmade.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- White 227gr styrofoam cups
- Tape measure
- Hole punch
- Clear nail polish
- Pink or blue paint
- Small paintbrush
Measure 1 inch down from the top of a styrofoam cup on both sides. Mark with a pencil. Cut a slit down to the pencil marks on each side, then cut all the way around the cup until the top part is severed.
Place the tape measure at the top of the cup; measure 2 inches down and mark with a pencil. Measure 1 inch in between and make another slit exactly the same length. These cuts form the shoe's tongue.
Push the tongue back with your finger and slightly fold the sides in to create two little flaps over the tongue. Punch two matching holes on each flap starting about 1/4 inch from the top of the cup. These are for the shoelaces.
Lay newspaper down to protect your work surface. Brush clear nail polish inside the holes and allow to dry. Dip a brush in blue or pink paint and brush the colour onto the bootees. Hold the bootee by the tongue in one hand while carefully painting the entire thing. Place lightly on the newspaper then finish painting the tongue. Let dry overnight.
Insert a few cotton balls into the bootees. Thread the ribbon through the bottom two holes, making sure the tongue stays in the back of the two folds. Cross the ribbon in front of the tongue and lace it through the upper two holes, just as if you were lacing a shoe. Tie the ribbon into a bow.
Place treats inside bootees and arrange on tables where guests will be congregating. If you are using the bootees as a favour, wrap the entire bootee, with treats inside, in cellophane. Cut a 17- by 17-inch square from the cellophane and place the bootees in the middle. Pull the sides up and secure with ribbon. Place by the front door or in an area where guests will remember to take them home.
Tips and warnings
- After painting, add a coat of clear gloss over the paint for a polished look.
- Add tulle or any decoration around or on the shoes.
- For a scalloped or decorative edge, use craft scissors when cutting the top of the cup.
- If the cellophane is too tall on top, pull the cellophane taught with one hand and cut in a straight line using a scissor.
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