Looking for a fantastic Christmas or birthday gift for Grandma or Grandpa? Are you a preschool teacher searching for cute children’s crafts? Or, is it a rainy day and you need a fun art idea? Want to make a cute keepsake for your baby, toddler or child? Consider footprint art! It’s adorable, and fairly easy. Here are some cute footprint art ideas for kids.
I highly recommend visiting a paint-your-own-pottery studio to make these crafts. You can even have an artist paint them for you. To find a studio in your area, just search on Yahoo for “paint your own pottery” and your town or city’s name.
Snowman (or Snowpeople)
If you look to the left, you will see a photo of a plate with my son’s footprints. Their footprints have been made into little snowmen, as you can see. For this idea, simply capture their footprints with light blue paint, or perhaps white paint with a blue background. Then decorate the top of the footprint as the head – simply add a hat, eyes, a carrot for the nose and more. Be sure to add arms, shaped like sticks from a tree.
The other picture (to the left of the article), is of a footprint reindeer. This one is also fairly simple to make. You’ll need brown paint, of course. Just add a big red dot at the bottom of the foot for the nose, add some ideas and antlers, and you’ve got a great Rudolph painting! This one makes for another cute Christmas gift if on a plate or platter. You could also make a Christmas card with this adorable method.
Another cute footprint art idea is chicks. This is perfect for the Spring and Easter time. Make a footprint using yellow paint. Turn the footprint upside down and put a dot for chick’s eye in the middle of the heel, and a triangle pointing out (use your best judgment for the spot) for the nose. This is perfect for baby footprints, or any child’s footprint.
This one is precious, but might require a little more artistic skills. Have your child make a footprint in brown paint. Turn it upside down, and decorate the very end of the heel as a puppy face. Be sure to add floppy ears. Add a collar as well. Paint a little tail at the bottom peeking out, near the toes. This one is cute on a card – you might add the phrase “I woof you!”
This ones a little easier, if you can get your child’s footprints to be close together, like a V, you could shape them into a heart. it is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It makes a great Valentines Day card or picture to hang on the fridge. Of course, a plate is cute too as well.
Another fantastic artworks idea using footprints is butterflies. This one is perfect for older children to decorate themselves. Just make a footprint using brown, black or gray paint. Turn the footprint upside down and add wings to both sides. Let your creativity (or the child’s creativity) run and make the wings as colorful as possible. Don’t forget to add antennas. It’s a very sweet idea and a nice way to preserve your little one’s footprints.
Another idea, which is perfect for Christmas (or anytime really), is footprint angels. The print can be in any color. Turn it upside down and add wings to both sides and a head at the top. Don’t forget the halo. If the child is old enough to be able to make a hand print, you can have the hand prints to be the wings. A nice phrase to go with this one is “Grandma’s Little Angels” or something similar to it.
This one’s a little trickier, but very creative. Click here for a sample photo. Make the footprint in brown, turn it upside down, and add on the feathers, face, and beak. This is the perfect Thanksgiving craft or painting!
All of these ideas are fun and creative ways to preserve your little one’s precious footprints. Happy Painting! Enjoy!