Thanks to Terminix for sponsoring this post. As always, opinions are my own.
I’m obsessed with tiny feet and hands. I want to preserve every stage of my children and that includes making their handprints and footprints into artwork whenever possible.
Last year, my mom tried to make a card with both of my kid’s feet prints. My son was 4 1/2 and apparently turned into a giant overnight and his footprint barely fit onto the sheet of paper (the 8.5 inch side.) We ended up turning it into a large picture and it’s framed and sits on my home desk. This year, I decided to just stick with my 1-year-old’s feet because they’re still tiny.
What you need: Card stock, finger paints, a paint brush and a baby. I completed the footprints in just a couple of minutes, and my baby was mostly stripped down for a bath.
I also had a wet paper towel that I used to wipe her foot off right after I was done.
So I did the purple foot first. I only painted her right foot, and I tried to keep her from touching it. I actually stamped it twice, to get a good image, and then I wiped her foot. I moved onto the left foot and again I painted her foot, and stamped the card stock (just once, and not even with the flowers, because I thought I liked how it would look spaced out.) You really have to hold the foot in place to get a decent paint job. My daughter always sticks up one toe – it’s something she’s done since the day she was born. So I had to push that toe down to get it to mark. Oh, and try not to let your baby’s foot shift to the side (because the baby will squirm.)
Feel free to paint in any toes that don’t quite get the full image.
Place the baby directly into the bath. Seriously, I set the card stock to the side, and immediately gave the baby a bath. The finger paints dried fully within about 2 hours (probably less, but I was dealing with bedtime.) I then painted stems, grass and leaves.
If you wanted to do this for Mother’s Day, you could write a message on the paper. Be sure to put a date on the picture! I then cut my paper to fit a 5×7 frame.
And I’m still in love with her feet. Now they can be on display year-round!
Even more perfect, this artwork would fit easily into a scrapbook. It’s something I’ll continue to try for a few years – at least until her feet are just too big for the paper!
Will you be working on any projects in the next week for Mother’s Day?