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Footprints In The Sand Wall Hanging

Footprints In The Sand Wall Hanging

This poem touches me deeply every time I read it and it is a great favorite of mine.    Whenever I hear “Footstep of Jesus” this poem flashes in my head.  I hope this project humbly submitted will also touch a chord within you and bring a blessing to your life.

There are several versions (and a lot of controversy surround each) of the poem – prayer – song.   Take a look at them and see which touches you the most.

This project is a great way to showcase some of your vacation shells.  It makes a great older children’s craft.  It allows for a lot of leeway in personalizing this project – no two will be the same.

Way back last year I saw a Footprints craft project (which I loved) on Oriental Trading Co.’s website (which I love more!) and of course wanted to make one.  As I don’t really want 12 Footprints Poems, nor do I really want to pay for 12 and only use one- I put my lil’ noggin’ to work.  And after some thought and prayer this project surfaced!

Here’s Oriental Trading’s project:


And then here’s mine:


Footprints In The Sand Wall Hanging


  • 2 bamboo skewers
  • 2 corn on the cob skewers
  • Raffia
  • Earth tone colored cardstock (12”x12”)
  • Cardboard (about 6”x12”)
  • Light tan/sand/parchment look paper
  • Shells/sand dollars/starfish (1 mm to 1 inch)

Also Needed

  • Small garden snips
  • Cool melt glue gun
  • Glue Dots (optional)
  • Craft glue
  • Color printer


Project Instructions

Assemble the Frame:

  1. Take 2 bamboo skewers and 2 corn-on- the cob skewers and carefully trim the pointed edges with heavy shears, wire cutters or small garden snips.  Do this step for the children.
  2. Glue them together with a cool melt glue gun or glue dots (safer for children) to for a rectangular frame.
  3.  Lash raffia around the corners.   Choose a color that contrasts with the cardstock.


Prepare the Backing and Poem:

  1. Cut a rectangular piece of earth tone colored cardstock (dark brown, dark rust, cranberry, etc.) to fit the frame (about a 6”x12” piece).  Glue it to a heavy piece of cardboard.  Allow to dry then trim the cardboard.
  2. Attach a hanger to the back (loop of raffia, soda can pop top ring, etc.).
  3. Search for a “Footprints Poem in the shape of a foot” (or sandal) on the web.  Copy it into a Word document.
  4. Size the poem to fit within the frame display area (about 4” wide at the widest point and 10” long).  Run a test print to see if it fits.  Repeat as necessary.
  5. Bold the text and change the font color to dark brown (make sure it will show up on the paper shade you choose).
  6. Print out a final copy on light tan/sand or parchment look paper.
  7. Cut out the poem in the shape of a footprint.
  8. Freehand the toes.


Assemble the Project:

  1. Glue the footprint and toes to the cardstock.  Let dry.
  2. Glue the backing face side up to the frame with a cool melt glue gun.  Do this step for children.
  3. Spread a thin layer of glue around the edges of bottom of the footprint and in scattered areas around the toes.  Sprinkle on the 1 mm shells and let dry.
  4. Arrange the larger shells, sand dollars, starfish, etc. around the footprint until you are satisfied at how the arrangement looks.  These will look better in odd numbers – sets of 3 or 5.  I call this the “rule of 3”.  Then glue down with a cool melt glue gun.
  5. Glue small shells, etc. on the corners of the frame.  Again apply the “rule of 3”.


Other Options:

  1. If you do not have any tiny shells use sand or tiny pieces of broken shells.  You can even make your own: Double bag a zip lock bag and put larger shells or pieces inside.  Wrap with a dish towel.  On concrete smash the shells with a hammer.  Look at pieces and see if they are small enough.  Repeat if needed.  Do this at your own risk!
  2. Instead of larger shells, sand dollars, starfish, etc. use these shapes cut with a personal die cut machine with parchment look paper.  Glue them dark brown cardstock and trim leaving a thin edge of dark brown.  If you choose to use diecuts I would recommend using sand in the place of the tiny shells or skipping this step all together.

I sent out this project praying to the Lord God Our Father will use it to touch the heart of all who see it.  If there is any praise for this project it belong to Him not me.








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