Kids’ footprint crafts are not only sweet, but they capture a moment (and shoe size) in time, making them especially personal and thoughtful. Print art is also a great entry point for little ones interested in painting; even beginners can apply paint, press, and create the desired image. Encourage kids to get creative with their print and stamp art: make a bunch of footprints then allow them to re-interpret the shapes into different animals and objects with more paint, googly eyes, construction paper, and pom poms. Glance through the ideas below, then get started creating your own footprint artwork to hang around the house, gift to the grandparents, or include in a child’s scrapbook.
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Footprint Unicorn Art
It can be tricky to freehand a realistic unicorn, so remove that obstacle by using a footprint for the horse’s head. Kids can add personality to their unicorn with paint (or sub washable markers for easier cleanup), and break out the glitter glue for a truly magical piece of artwork. Feeling especially ambitious? Encourage aspiring storytellers to write a short tale about their magical creature too.
Pro tip: Add your child’s age and date to all foot(and hand)print artwork for the most documented keepsake. Bigger kids, and even teens, will love looking back on their early creations and tiny toes.
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Bunny Footprint Card
While your little ones are especially young, consider capturing their footprints with this adorable homemade card. Stamp a pair of teeny feet, then transform them into a couple of rabbits with a few small additions. Write a sweet, pun-y greeting (try: “Hopping You Have a Great Holiday,” or “Some Bunny Wishes You a Hoppy Mother’s Day”), and send to a loved one. Insert a photo of your child in bunny ears for an especially thoughtful homemade gift. Have a big(er) kid at home? Scale down to one footprint, encourage them to decorate it themselves, and this idea absolutely still works.
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Footprint and Handprint Marine Art
Involve even the teeniest of kiddos in this cute project. Little feet (and hands) make the perfect base for aquatic creatures, and older kids can jump in and help finish the artwork with bubbles, googly eyes, and tissue paper seaweed. Create a few underwater murals and hang them together in a group on a kids’ room wall for a great pop of color and interest.
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Cut-out Footprint Penguin
Practice scissor skills with your kids through this craft; there are plenty of small curves and angles to snip around. That being said, this project is better suited for school-aged children (or littler ones with an adult’s close supervision and a pair of safety scissors). Consider making a whole family of penguins using your own family’s differently sized and shaped feet. Decorate the arctic flock with construction paper, pom poms, or glitter.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Go beyond with this clever footprint craft. This rocket ship print art makes an especially lovely, personalized greeting card cover, so try creating one this Father’s Day. Up the ante by adding an outer-space themed greeting or two as well. Hint: Use a pre-glittered foam star stickers for the galactic background; it’ll save you on both time and cleanup.
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3D Footprint Lion
Kids can absolutely derive any number of zoo animals from a simple footprint or two, but this lion tutorial really comes to life with the simple help of strips of construction paper. Encourage children to give the lion a setting too; this could be a wonderful opportunity for a fun mini-lesson on food chains, natural habitats, or environmental conservation. For an artistic challenge, use ribbon (curl it using a sharp scissor edge) for a more chaotic, dynamic lion’s mane.
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Welcome warm weather with a colorful piece of “floral” artwork. Cluster painted footprints together, then little artists can add stems, leaves, and backgrounds. Encourage kids to head outside and observe (or even photograph) the infinite organic shapes found in nature to really challenge that “circle and petals” style of floral art. These still lifes look especially cute clustered in groups of three and hung in a cheery place in the kitchen.
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A wonderful opportunity to teach kids about a new instrument, or play music featuring a certain sound, this smart artwork uses the shape of a foot to create a guitar. It also gives little ones a chance to practice using a ruler as a straight edge--those guitar strings are not super beginner-friendly, but with some guidance can turn out really cute. So, turn on some music, and start print-making as a family.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Footprint Monster Thank-You Notes
Involve your child in the thank-you card process post-birthday party as much as possible to encourage gratitude from an early age, and if they’re too little to write letters, start them with creating original artwork. These mini monster cards turn out super cute, and your kids’ teeny toes are the perfect template for a pair of bugging eyes. Add another personal touch by using a child’s thumbprint as his/her signature inside the card.
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Shrunken Footprint Butterfly Keychain
Opt for bright colors with this cute, simple project, and it’s as fun to gift as it is to make. Simply stripe kids’ feet in multi-hued ink or paint, then stamp them in pairs on blank, shrinkable plastic. The colorful footprints make a perfect miniature butterfly (or tropical bird, or wildflower, or sunset), just draw your own finishing touches once the plastic comes out of the oven. These colorful charms work as personalized gift tags or pendant necklaces too.
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Footprint Ghost Puppets
It’s always a win to turn an art project into a toy, so this easy ghost puppet DIY is ideal. The greater variety in size and shape of feet the better for this project, so get the whole family involved tracing their feet onto cardstock. Also, these little ghosts look more charming with less precise cuts, so even amateur scissor-users can achieve the desired product.