Monday, March 19, 2012

Make It Monday: Footprint Butterfly Art

Spring is just around the corner! So we're celebrating with a fun Footprint Butterfly Art project.

I just can't resist handprint and footprint art. Maybe it's because kids don't stay little for long and any fun art project that allows me to preserve the precious little fingers and toes that get bigger by the day is a winner in my books.

What you'll need:
  • Fingerpaints: Or other art paints if you’re braver than I am
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Small paintbrush
  • Plastic lid: To use as an artist pallet
  • Scrap paper
  • Artist canvas: I got mine at the dollar store
  • Little bare feet: Preferably cooperative ones


Lather a generous amount of fingerpaints onto the sole of one the cooperative little feet using the foam brush. We did half in one colour and half in another, but you could get crazy and use more than that.

Press the little foot down onto your artist canvas. 

Repeat the process with the opposite foot. Aligning the print so that the left footprint is to the right of the right footprint; giving you the butterfly wings. 

Note: To point out the obvious there are no photos of Willow during this process because let's be honest, a 6 month old flailing about with paint on her foot does not leave any free hands for picture taking.

Tip: After trial and error I found the best method to get a wiggly baby's footprint on the canvas is to put the little tyke in the Jolly Jumper, hold her foot steady, and press it down.

The final step is to add your finishing touches using the small paintbrush and/or your fingers. Paint in the body, head, smiley face, and fingerprint antennae.

There you have it. Happy Monday!

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