I have always loved craft and art projects. I took on the challenge of trying to complete as many do-it-yourself items in our nursery and playroom for my twins, and it has really made a special space for us to be in.
As Audrey and David get older, I plan on doing many, many art projects with them, and recently I did our very first one: a ghost footprint canvas. It was very easy to do!
-plain canvas (around 8×10 size)
-white acrylic paint
-black acrylic paint
1. Paint the canvas black, and wait for it to dry completely.
2. While your child is in her highchair, paint her foot white. Make sure to give a good generous layer of paint, but don’t let it be runny.
3. Press her foot onto the canvas. It may be helpful to have a second set of adult hands to help, but if she is in the highchair, it will make it much easy to control the potential mess.
4. Set the canvas aside and wipe off her foot using the baby wipes. Make sure to get in between her toes!
5. After the footprint has dried, make sure to give your little ghost two eyes and a mouth with the black paint.
6. Paint a title and write your child’s name. You can freehand it, if you have a steady hand OR you can use my favorite method to use a font from your computer:
- print out the words you want copied onto your artwork
- color the back with a pencil
- place the paper with the pencil-colored side down on the canvas
- trace on top of the ink of the text, pressing firmly
- when you lift the paper off, you should be able to see the traced text on the canvas
I absolutely love how ours turned out. It is going to be such a great decoration for years to come! Next year, I plan on doing something for Thanksgiving, and then Christmas/Chanukkah the year after that, and so on (rotating through the holidays). That way, I can add a new decoration with each year, and we will have their adorable (and growing) footprints documented.
SPECIAL NOTE: I have done footprint artwork with kindergardeners (when I taught that age), and the most difficult thing to manage was them putting their feet down after they completed their footprint on the canvas/paper. They simply forgot that they still had paint on their foot! Oops! So, having the twins in their high chairs (and unable to get up and walk around) was the key to this being a success. If you want to try this with your older children, I would highly encourage you to bring the paper/canvas to them and let they stay seated. I promise, you will be much happier when you aren’t trying to scrub paint off of your floor or carpet.
What kind of cute Halloween decorations have you done with your kiddos?