Tag Archives: Handprints

12th September 2014

Family Footprints

Looking for a craft project for the weekend? One that will potentially cover the entire house with paint and may potentially stain your foot with blue paint too (not ideal when you live in flip-flops in Dubai), but will make a very cute memento nevertheless? Of course you do – so why not capture a moment in time by creating family footprint artwork we did below.

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I don’t have any pictures of us making the artwork so you will have to take my word that it is our feet – attempting to stop a toddler running round the apartment with a red foot prevented me being able to do it at the time, whilst the husband refused his photo session (can’t think why).

I do have the below picture however of Wilfred’s purple foot in a high chair though, which is actually a great tip for babies as it stops them being able to eat paint and limits the mess. I used a sponge to apply the paint to his foot, before bringing the paper up and pressing his foot down firmly.

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For everybody else, the set-up looks like the below – poster paint on a plate, a sponge to dab the paint evenly over soles of feet, a bowl of warm soapy water to step into straight after we’d made the prints, and a towel to dry feet afterwards.

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Then simply cut each footprint out, with a small white border around each foot and arrange them onto a sheet of paper, using stick glue to secure it all. I used the same colour paint to write ‘Our Family 2014’ as the smallest footprint, which I think works well.

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I think we’ll do this every few years to see how quickly the boys’ feet grow (I think every year may be overkill as we don’t have a gallery for hanging pictures).

Let me know if you try it!

27th July 2014

3 Ideas for Handprint Art

Wilfred turns 6 months in a few days time. It’s a cliche, but the baby days go so quickly and he will be a toddler in the blink of an eye. So to capture this time in his life (complete with squidgey thighs, gorgeous giggles, and splayed frogs legs when he sleeps), I decided to create some handprint artwork today to remember just how little he once was. Of course I couldn’t leave out Stanley, so we wanted to create a few pictures where he could get involved too.

We decided to create animals from their handprints, to make artwork we could frame for their nursery in Dubai. After a bit of research online for inspiration, we settled on camels, elephants, and dinosaurs – and here’s what we created…

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Here’s a few pictures of us creating the pictures – although there are no pictures of Wilfred as our concentration was firmly on getting a 6 month old to place his hand in the correct spot without smudging the paint all over the paper (obviously this happened… We luckily had a few gooduns)…

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If you try them out, I’d love to see your artwork!