Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fingerpainting fun with James.

I'd mentioned to my husband that as far as I'm concerned, homemade art is the perfect birthday gift from my son. While he "helped" James get me a couple other great gifts, he also made sure to make an art gift happen. He enlisted one of James's fabulous aunts, who is a talented artist herself, to help. How adorable is this?

Fingerpaint footprints made the wings, with thumbprint antennae and hand-drawn (by my husband) permanent marker bodies and smiles. Super cute, right? I've hung these up in our walk-in-closet, with is our repository for our most personal art.

And James came home with the leftover fingerpaints, which led to some fingerpainting fun yesterday. First, he made a thank you piece of art for his aunt. Then an, okay, kind of ugly-ish rendition for his grandma. The joy of making art!

Fingerpainting is a contact sport. Let's see those hands, James!

This is only the start of the art fun in our home. I simply can't wait for the days of play-doh and crayons!


  1. those are adorable! what a great gift

  2. Hi Susan!
    We at Ronald McDonald House Charities love this crafting activity! Would you mind if we shared it and your site with our e-newsletter registrants and web visitors?
    Let me know - - thanks!

  3. I loved this idea of the feet frames so much that I just done it with my daughter... thank you for the idea..

  4. Very cute! I came across these on Pinterest, but unfortunately it took me to someone else's blog first. After a bit of detective work I found your original post. :)

  5. That is an awesome, wonderful idea!! Thx so much for sharing with us!!

  6. These are so vibrant and perfect for spring! My son and I tried them out today and he loved it! I linked your original post to my blog to show where I found the inspiration!

  7. I love those! What a great gift for Mother's Day as well!!

  8. I love the footprint butterflies and plan to make some for my kiddos' grandmothers for mother's day! ~Amanda

  9. These are the CUTEST!!! I can't wait to do this with my three!
    I did a few cute handprint projects on my blog with my newborn and other two older kids.
    I also added a link to your blog for this cute idea!
    here's the link if you want to check it out!

  10. Kim W., I received your message through my contact form, but your email address doesn't work. So I hope you see this!

    8"x8" canvases were used for these- the kind you buy in the artist section of Michael's/JoAnn's, etc. You could easily make it work on paper and then frame the paper, though. To use fabric, you would have to secure it somehow or I think it would move around too much as you were making the footprint.

    We used Crayola's Fingerpaints in the Bold colors. Note that these are water-washable, so don't ever wipe them down with a wet cloth!

    Hope that helps!


    1. Kim, if you do want to be able to wash them, you can cover them with Modge Podge....then you can wipe dust off with a damp cloth. (Just happen to be doing a Modge Podge project today.)

  11. I'm excited to try this with my grandson. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. I just saw the picture of the finger prints on Facebook and have shared it with my daughter-in-law & step-daughter - both of whom are expecting in the next few months! I also shared the link to your site so they can check out your blog. Thanks.

  13. Hi! I saw this idea of yours and did it with my girls!!! =) blogged about it too and shared the link of your site =) Thanks again!


  14. This was so great; I was inspired to make my own version after seeing yours on Pinterest. Thanks for the great inspiration! I linked to you on a post about it, over at Painting Sunny right here:

  15. What kind of paint did you use on your kid's feet? Thanks!

  16. This is a beautiful idea. Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. I was wondering if I could use your picture of the footprint butterflies. I will link back to you. I am doing a Mother's Day post of my favorite hand and footprint crafts. Thanks for considering.


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