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DIY Footprints in The Sand Baptism Favors

You guys! You know how much I love a trip to the craft store. So, my girlfriend and I went shopping for supplies to make a memorable and ‘out of the box’ (literally) DIY Baptism favor to give away at her little boy’s Christening. When we saw these adorable glass jars with corks, we knew we had to put sand in them; that’s when the prayer Footprints in the Sand came to my mind.

You can give away this beautiful DIY keepsake as baptism favors or any other religious celebration. Just alter some details accordingly.

DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked in these super cute miniature glass jars.

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How to DIY Baptism Favors

Materials and Supplies You Will Need

We purchased all the supplies at our local Michaels except for the paper and some other craft tools I already own. To DIY these Baptism favors, you will need:

Pro Tip: if you can’t find jute wide enough to cover the jar’s neck, you can wrap around it with the same twine you are using to tie the cards.

DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked inside these miniature glass jars. This is a beautiful keepsake for Baptism, Dedication, and First Communion.

Step 1: Print and Cut the Cards

Print your ‘Footprints in the Sand’ or Huellas en la Arena’ file on white copy paper.

  • Page 1: consists of six 5 x 2.5-inch ‘Footprints in the Sand’ cards.
print side one
  • Page 2: is a solid weathered paper background. Printing this page is optional. Print it on the opposite side of the paper where you printed page 1 if you would like to see the weathered paper look when the card is rolled.
flip the paper
flip t
print side 2

Double-sided printing tip: print each page at a time, on each side of the same sheet.  Or, choose the double-sided printing setting in the ‘Print’ window. Each printer is different, so make sure you check you have everything set up correctly before you print. Print a simple text document first so you don’t waste your ink.

Once printed, cut the cards along the lines.

cut the cards

Step 2: Measure and cut

Before you start your assembly line (I made 18 of these), make sure to have all your material cut and ready.

  • Twine: 12 inches was enough to wrap three times around the rolled prayer and tie it in a bow.
measure the twine
  • Jute Ribbon: 3 1/4 inches was enough to wrap around each bottle’s neck. Adjust this measurement according to the size of your bottles.
measure the jute
  • Satin Ribbon: cut pieces of 20 inches each of the satin ribbon. Thread the cross charms.
thread the ribbon through the crosses

Step 3: Roll and Tie

With the help of a pencil, start rolling the Footprints in the Sand cards, starting at the bottom, working your way up to the footprints.

roll the Footprints in the Sand poem

Roll, roll, roll and hold tight.

DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked inside these miniature glass jars. This is a beautiful keepsake for Baptism, Dedication, and First Communion.

Take a piece of the previously cut jute string and tie in a bow.

DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked inside these miniature glass jars. This is a beautiful keepsake for Baptism, Dedications, and First Communion.

Step 4: Fill the Jar With Sand

Cut a small opening (in a diagonal) in one of the corners of the bag of sand and fill 3/4 of the jar with sand. If you do not have a steady pulse, you can also use a funnel.

Pro Tip: fill the glass with sand before inserting the rolled Footprints in the Sand poem card. I tried doing it after, and all the sand went inside the paper tube. You have very little room to work with, so you should fill it with sand first!

DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked inside these miniature glass jars. This is a beautiful keepsake for Baptism, Dedication, and First Communion.

Tilt the jar a little, and insert the rolled-up card in the bottle with the help of the pencil. Sharpen your pencil so you can insert it all the way in the corner in a diagonal direction. This set of printable cards are designed to fit inside a 3-inch tall glass bottle.

DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked inside these miniature glass jars. This is a beautiful keepsake for Baptism, Dedications, and First Communion.

Sprinkle the glitter.

DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked inside these miniature glass jars. This is a beautiful keepsake for Baptism, Dedication, and First Communion.

Step 3: Add Finishing Touches

Squeeze a drop of glue on the backside of the jar. Attach one end of the strip of jute, wrap it around, add another drop of hot glue and attach the other end.

DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked inside these miniature glass jars. This is a beautiful keepsake for Baptism, Dedication, and First Communion.

Remember, if you can’t find a jute ribbon with the exact width to fit the neck of the jar, you can always wrap jute twine around it and achieve the same effect.

DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked inside these miniature glass jars. This is a beautiful keepsake for Baptism, Dedication, and First Communion.

Starting at the front of your jar, center the charm in the strip of ribbon, criss-cross in the back, and affix with a dot of hot glue.

DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked inside these miniature glass jars. This is a beautiful keepsake for Baptism, Dedication, and First Communion.

Bring the two ends of the ribbon back to the front and tie in a bow. Decorate with a rhinestone.

And you are done!

DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked inside these miniature glass jars. This is a beautiful keepsake for Baptism, Dedication, and First Communion.

I am utterly in love with these little favors. They are definitely something I have never seen before. And -trust me- I have seen a lot!

DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked inside these miniature glass jars. This is a beautiful keepsake for Baptism, Dedication, and First Communion.

You don’t necessarily have to use the ‘Footprints in the Sand’ prayer; think about all the occasions you can make these favors for and how you could customize the message inside the bottle. Endless!

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DIY Footprints in the Sand Baptism Favors | An excerpt of this beautiful prayer is tucked inside these miniature glass jars. This is a beautiful keepsake for Baptism, Dedication, and First Communion.

Happy crafting,

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22 Comments

  1. I love these favors. Can you make them for me please. I need 40 for my grandson baptism. Thanks.

  2. Hi there, I love this idea and will be making these for my sons baptism! 🙂
    When I go to click on the printable download for the prayer it leads me to an Error page. Is this no longer available?

    1. Hi! I just fixed that problem! Yes it is still available. If it doesn’t work, go to SHOP at the very top menu! Thank you and I apologize for the inconvenience.

  3. Hi again- I am done with my bottles. I tweaked them to fit my girl’s baptism. I do need to ask you a question and would to send you it privately, please let me know where I can do that. Thank you

  4. Hi. I had a question. What area in the store did you find the bottles? Ive called Michaels and they say they dont have anything like that but wasnt sure if you found in a particular area.

    1. Hello Victoria, I purchased them in-store at my local Michaels, found them in the Weddings aisle. I made a quick search and -unfortunately- I do not see them available at Michaels.com – But it will be worth if you take a ride to the store. The jars I purchased were their brand Celebrate It. But these from Walmart works as well. Hope it helps!

      1. I went today to Michael’s and no sign of these bottles or any for that matter. I am excited to make this project for my daugther’s baptism coming up in November. Thank you for this idea, I really wanted something different!

          1. I appreciate it. I am missing the jars and crosses- have everything else so I am ready.

            The alternative jars you found above are short than the original so the print will fit tightly I believe..

          1. You are quite welcome! I am home sick with bronchitis so I had time on my hands. I am known as the Google Queen here. I loved the idea also and may use it myself!

          2. Thank you Linda and feel better.

            I actually found those yesterday and purchased them. I forgot to come back here to post an update. I am set now. Thank you and I pray I can do these as nice as yours Flavia.

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