Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there a donation to paint braces?

We ask for a $20 donation per brace painting kit. This covers the shipping, manufacturing and delivery costs. You are not only painting the brace for a child, you are actually covering the full cost of the brace for the family. What a double blessing – the braces are painted and paid for! Thank you for your donation!

2. Who can schedule a brace painting party?

Brace painting parties are perfect for almost everyone and work well with small or large groups of people. Paint with your:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Church Groups
  • Organizations
  • Students (Middle or High School, preferably) 

There is no group too big or small. We will work with you on any size event.

We recommend that the age for painting be 13 and older. 

3. Can someone come and speak at my brace-painting event?

Our U.S. team is in York Springs, Pennsylvania. There are times when our staff will travel and speak at various events, and we may be able to speak at your brace painting event. However, we have a smaller team and may not be able to make every event. Please let us know if that’s something you’d be interested in, and we’ll check with our team. We can do one of three things:

  • Speak in-person at your event
  • Join your event virtually via Zoom to speak and engage with your group
  • Provide videos and talking points for you to lead the event (We will set you up for success.)
4. What age range is best for painters? Can children paint brace leathers?

This project was originally created for adults. However, we recognize that it is impactful for children and teaches them to give back and help others. Almost all of us here at Hope Walks are parents, so we understand and appreciate that heart posture!

However, because these will be actual “shoes” worn by a child, we recommend that the age for painting be 13 and older. If children are younger than 13, we highly recommend that they assist an adult with the adult’s painting kit. That way, they are learning by example, and the adult can ensure that the quality of the shoes is suitable to give as a gift to another child. 

Let’s face it, we all love our kids’ refrigerator art, and we save it for years. It is so cute for us and our families to see. However, if your child was born with clubfoot, please think of the quality of shoe you would like for your child to receive.

We’re not looking for perfection, and being a professional artist is not a requirement. We’re just navigating the balance of teaching our children the importance of giving while also giving a child something they would be proud to wear.

If you have children who want to paint but are a bit too young, we also have coloring pages that you can print and send back with your braces:

We will send the coloring pages to Africa when we send your painted brace leathers.

Thank you for your understanding and assistance!

5. Do you have any resources or talking points that I can use when talking with an adult group?

Absolutely! We want to set you up for success. Here are: 

        6. Do you have any resources or talking points that I can use when talking with kids under 18?

        Of course! We want to set you up for success. Here are: 

            7. How do you track the painted leathers so I receive photos of them?

            There is a tracking number on every pair of brace leathers. Please ensure that tracking number is written on your contact card along with your email address (or your parent/guardian’s email address, if under the age of 18):

            We will email you a photo of your completed brace in a few months. If possible, we may also email a second photo with the child wearing your painted brace. Not all mothers want photos of their children taken, and some of the clinics are in remote locations; therefore, we cannot promise a second photo of the child in the brace, but we will try.

            8. I have an older child who painted brace leathers. Can you track their brace leathers to their email?

            We’re sorry, but no. Hope Walks cannot communicate with anyone under 18. 

            If you are the parent or guardian, please complete the card with your contact information. This is very important and will allow us to send you updates for them, including a photo of their completed brace. If the tracking cards do not include parent/guardian information, we will be unable to track their specific brace. 

            Thank you for understanding!

            9. Do you have an instructional video on how to paint the brace leathers?

            Click here or the image below to watch an instructional video. 


            10. I can't get my paint pens to work. Are they broken?

            We will provide three paint pens in every kit that we send. The paint pens will need to be primed before using them. Otherwise, no paint will come out. Don’t worry…the pens are not broken. 🙂 Here is a quick video on how to prime the paint pens. They are double sided, with a thicker and thinner point on each end, so please prime both sides of the pen.

            11. May I use other paint that I have to decorate the brace leathers?

            You can use any acrylic paint on the brace leathers. Please do not use other types of paint, as they will not adhere well during the brace-making process. 

            12. I have no idea where to start. Do you have examples of other painted leathers to inspire me?

            Yes. We have an inspiration gallery of 100 different brace leathers to help get your creative juices flowing. 

            If you are hosting an event, we have table tents that you can print off and use. Each side of the table tent includes a QR code that painters can scan with their cellphone cameras. One side leads to the inspiration gallery and the other side leads to photos of children wearing painted braces.

            After printing the table tents, please:

            • Cut them in half (lengthwise)
            • Trim to remove white outside borders (lengthwise only)
            • Fold them in half
            • Fold them on the bottom dotted lines
            • Tape them at the bottom

            13. Do I need to be an artist to paint leathers?

            No. You do not need to be a Picasso to paint brace leathers, so please do not be intimidated. Some people love to paint very detailed braces, and that is great. However, stripes, polka dots and smiley faces also work really well. The children just love the bright colors.

            Here’s an inspiration gallery of images to help you get started.

            14. Are there any things I shouldn't paint on the leathers?

            We ask that you please:

            1. Avoid writing words, as not all countries speak English.
            2. Do not apply stickers or other items to the brace leathers. Stickers will not stay attached to the leather for long, and then the braces will become sticky.
            3. Avoid painting over any numbers or the tongue or inside of the brace.


            15. How long do the braces take to dry?

            The paint pens dry fairly quickly. However, drying times will vary depending on the layers of paint you’ve added. In general, the braces should only take 5-10 minutes to dry.


            16. What side of the brace leather will the children see the most while wearing them?

            Each leather (left and right foot) will have a side with a hole. That is the side that the child will see most while wearing the brace leathers. It’s still important that both halves are painted, but the child’s viewpoint will mostly be on the halves that include the hole near the heel of the foot. 


            17. I took photos at our brace painting event. How can I engage with Hope Walks and share them on social media?

            We’d love to engage with you on social media. Please like and follow our accounts:

            In addition, please tag us in any event photos that you share. 

            Here are some of the hashtags that we use:

            • #PaintTheFutureBright
            • #PaintHope
            • #FreedomFromClubfoot
            • #EndClubfoot
            • #ClubfootIsTreatable


            18. How do I return painted leathers to Hope Walks?

            If you are returning your painted brace leathers within 30 days of your event, and you need a return address label, please let us know. Otherwise, you can mail them to us, and we will get them to a child who was born with clubfoot. 

            If you are using the United States Postal Service (USPS), please use our PO Box Address:

            Hope Walks
            PO Box 218
            York Springs, PA 17372

            Please note that UPS will not mail to PO Box addresses. Therefore, if you are shipping through UPS, please use:

            Hope Walks 
            400 Main St., Suite C
            York Springs, PA 17372 



            19. How can I help more children born with clubfoot?

            Your act of painting a leather for a clubfoot brace is transforming the life of a child.

            Make your impact an ongoing thing by joining The Clubfoot Crew, our compassionate monthly donors. 

            • $150 a month, you will cover the cost of transportation for children and their families to and from the clinics each week.
            • $40 a month, you will cover the full treatment (including casts, braces and counseling) for one child each year. 
            • $20 a month, you will help 12 children a year by covering the cost of their braces.  

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