Five fabulous ideas for footprint art

By Drum Digital
17 June 2014

It’s fun for kids and touching for adults so why not create art, greeting cards or giftwrap with your youngsters’ footprints. We found these lovely ideas on Pinterest to inspire you.

Ladybird and bumblebee

Picture pinned from erin-specialeducation.blogspot.com

Aren’t these the cutest! They were created by special needs teacher Erin Jackson of Utah in America who was studying bugs with her learners. Here’s how to make your own:

You need:

  • Stiff paper or card
  • Red, yellow and black washable poster paint
  • Black felt-tip pen
  • Glitter glue (optional)
  • Pencil with eraser at one end
  • Paintbrush
  • Self-adhesive googly eyes
  • Newspaper
  • Wet cloths, paper towels or baby wipes for cleaning dirty hands and feet

Do this:

Start by laying out lots of newspaper to protect flooring. Apply ample paint for the body (black and red for the ladybird or yellow for the bumblebee) to the sole of the foot. Press the imprint on the stiff paper or card (you might want to practise on newspaper first). Allow to dry.

Now add the details: stick the eyes in place and use the felt-tip pen to draw on the antennae, mouth, eyebrows, legs, wings and flight trail. Use the paintbrush to paint on the bumblebee stripes. Dip the pencil eraser in black paint and stamp on the ladybird dots. Fill in the wings with glitter glue if you like and allow to dry.

Robin redbreast

Picture pinned from creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com

Make just one, or use both feet to create a pair of robins facing each other. The website from which the picture was pinned has lots more ideas for foot- and handprint projects. Click here <create link to http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/59-hand-foot-print-art-projects/> to check it out.

You need:

  • Stiff paper or card
  • Brown and red washable poster paint
  • Black and orange felt-tip pens
  • Scrap of red or orange stiff paper and glue (optional)
  • Paintbrush
  • Newspaper
  • Wet cloths, paper towels or baby wipes for cleaning dirty hands and feet

Do this:

Start by laying out lots of newspaper to protect flooring. Apply ample brown paint for the body to the sole of the foot. Press the imprint on the stiff paper or card (you might want to practise on newspaper first). Use the paintbrush and red paint to add the red breast. Allow to dry.

Now add the eye, beak and feet: cut a beak from the red or orange paper and attach with glue or draw one on with an orange felt-tip pen. Add orange legs and a black dot for the eye.

Butterfly

Picture pinned from downtownsacramento.macaronikid.com

Use plain colours or go wild with a mixture of bright hues for your interpretation of this lovely butterfly.

You need:

  • Stiff paper or card
  • Washable poster paint in colours of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Newspaper
  • Wet cloths, paper towels or baby wipes for cleaning dirty hands and feet

Do this:

Start by laying out lots of newspaper to protect flooring. Apply ample paint to one foot, creating a pattern of your choice for the wing. Press the imprint on the stiff paper or card, using the right foot for the left wing and vice versa, and making sure you leave enough room for the body between the two (you might want to practise on newspaper first). Wash the foot and repeat with the other foot. Allow to dry.

Now use the paintbrush to paint the body. Allow to dry.

Tiptoe tulips

Picture pinned from Nicole Mae

This adorable design is perfect for a card for Grandma – but make sure you create an extra one for your fridge while you’re at it!

You need:

  • Stiff paper or card (with a message printed on it if you like)
  • Red and green washable poster paint
  • Green felt-tip pen (optional)
  • Paintbrush
  • Newspaper
  • Wet cloths, paper towels or baby wipes for cleaning dirty hands and feet

Do this:

Start by laying out lots of newspaper to protect flooring. Apply red paint to one foot at a time and press the imprint on the stiff paper or card. Load up more paint for each imprint and make sure you space out the flowers (you might want to practise on newspaper first). Wash the foot and complete each tulip with the other foot. Allow to dry.

Now use the paintbrush and green paint to add the stalks, leaves and grass (or draw the grass with a felt-tip pen). Allow to dry.

Yellow chick

Picture pinned from crafty-crafted.com

Simple and adorable.

You need:

  • Stiff paper or card
  • Yellow washable poster paint
  • Black and red felt-tip pens
  • Self-adhesive googly eye
  • Newspaper
  • Wet cloths, paper towels or baby wipes for cleaning dirty hands and feet

Do this:

Start by laying out lots of newspaper to protect flooring. Apply ample yellow paint for the body to the sole of the foot. Press the imprint on the stiff paper or card (you might want to practise on newspaper first). Dip three fingers in the paint and press onto the body for the wing. Allow to dry.

Draw on the beak and feet with the felt-tip pens and stick on the googly eye.

– Alfie Steyn

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