December is here and I am excited to share a fun and exciting craft to do with your kids!
When my oldest son was 1, a family member suggested we make this craft and it has turned into a yearly tradition. Instead of going out and buying a fun holiday shirt for our boys, we make our own!
Beige Acrylic (or you can use Fabric Paint)
Brown Acrylic (or you can use Fabric Paint)
Red Puff Paint
Solid White Shirt (we use long sleeves for our holiday handprint shirts)
Jewel It (or other adhesive for attaching the eyes)
Place clean white shirt on table and slide cardboard inside to separate the front layer of the shirt from the back layer.
Paint brown acrylic paint on the foot of your child using the foam brush - this may cause them to giggle a squirm (you have been warned). Carefully press their foot in the middle of the shirt leaving room for the hands up top. Immediately clean off their foot.
Paint beige acrylic paint on their left hand and press carefully on the left side of their foot print. Promptly clean off hand. Repeat with right hand on the right ride of the foot print.
Now take the red puff paint and make a red nose and write their name on the shirt if you wish to do so.
Apply Jewel It adhesive to the back of the googly eyes and place eyes appropriately.
Leave to dry flat. (If you hang it, the puff paint and googly eyes may move.)
And you are done!
Tips: Have another adult there to help ensure the paint gets wiped away promptly to keep from getting paint on your furniture or on your floors. We use baby wipes to get most of it off and then will wash their hands and foot with soap and water afterward.
You can also do a different holiday design for each kid and make it really fun; I think we will have Jace either do a Christmas tree with his foot or a Santa head with his hand.
Be sure to hold on to these keepsakes, they will make a beautiful and meaningful quilt one day to display during the holidays when your kids are all grown up and out of the house.
Share your creations in the comment section below!
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