Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Footprint Canvas Art

We love Halloween.

In my mind, it is the official kick-off to the holiday crafting season (after a long summer of building sand castles!).  We created this Halloween Footprint Canvas Art to hang in our foyer. We have the perfect spot to rotate out artwork or pictures seasonally. I can't wait to create something fabulous for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year!

The canvases hang effortlessly without damaging my walls thanks to my favorite Command Picture Hanging Strips. These strips are awesome, remove easily and never damage my walls (unlike my children).

I used acrylic paint for the project; but you could use washable paint too. My intention was to create Halloween footprint canvas art that I can bring out every Halloween as a memory of my children and their tiny little feet. (sigh. why do they grow up so fast?!)

My three children are all different ages with varying levels of crafting ability. The big one is ready to throw pottery on a wheel and the middle one is busy designing extensive picture books, while the baby is happy to eat paint.  Footprint art is a great way to engage each of them--at their level while creating a lasting piece of art that I can bring out season after season.

It can be a little tricky to maneuver (and wrestle) little painted feet without getting paint footprints all over your house. My tactic: we did the footprints at bath time. One by one, I painted their feet, stamped the canvas and then popped them in the bath! It made me feel very efficient.

Without further adieu, here's how-to!


Supplies:
3 canvases (I had a pack of white canvases on hand, so I painted the canvasses with black paint using a foam brush. But you can source black canvases too.)
Acrylic paint in various colors: black, orange, green, purple, white
Paint brushes
Command Picture Hanging Strips






  1. To make your Halloween footprint art, begin by painting the bottom of your child's foot. For the ghost, I painted my middle daughter's foot all white. For the witch, my oldest painted her foot green. For Frankenstein, I painted my 2-year old's foot purple and green. The purple covered his toes and a little bit of the top of the foot; the green covered the rest down to his heel.
  2. Place the canvas on the floor. Have your child sit on a low stool and help them stamp their foot on the canvas. 
  3. Let the footprints dry for 20 minutes and then begin embellishing (your kids can help too!)
    • The white footprint becomes the ghost with the addition of eyes and a mouth. My 5 year old added the bow! 
    • The green footprint becomes a witch with the addition of arms, legs, a broom, boots, a hat and a face. 
    • The purple and green footprint becomes Frankenstein with the addition of bolts and a face. 
  4. Then, I used the other two canvases to write: Trick or Treat. Smell my Feet.  I hung the entire series of canvases in my foyer centered in a vertical line!
  5. Before I put away the canvases for the season, I am going to spray with a sprayable Fixative to make sure the artwork endures. 
Happy Halloween! 



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6 comments:

  1. I like that the witch looks like she has sass!

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  2. This is really cute! I have three little ones. This will be perfect!

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  3. These are such cute ideas. I love the Frankenstein the best!

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  4. I absolutely adore footprint art! Would love if you linked up with us at Mommy Needs a Timeout Thursday. We party starting at 8pm EST on Wednesdays. See you there!
    Lauren
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  5. I absolutely adore footprint art! Would love if you linked up with us at Mommy Needs a Timeout Thursday. We party starting at 8pm EST on Wednesdays. See you there!
    Lauren
    Twin Tested, Pin Approved

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