**This blog post may contain affiliate links. Learn more here.I knew I wanted to do something for Nate after we got his good news but I was short on time in the middle of the week. I wanted to get him something meaningful from Landon – but what? Footprint art is just about the cutest thing ever and we had all of the supplies on hand, so we whipped this up really quick!
This is extremely simple to make and I didn’t go to any great lengths to make the footprints symmetrical. I was in a bit of a hurry so it didn’t even occur to me to take progress photos of the process! But the steps are seriously easypeasy, my friends!
Here’s what you need:
-Canvas (Linked Here) (we had a large one on hand because I bought a pack like this for spur of the moment projects)
-Acrylic paint (Exact Set Linked Here)
-Paintbrushes (Exact Set Linked Here) – large and small for the details
-Wet paper towel
Step by Step:
Step 1- Set out all of your supplies and put your child in a high chair or bumbo seat – something to keep them contained. This is my best advice. They can’t run or crawl away with paint on their feet.
Step 2- Use a paintbrush to fully coat their little foot in paint. I only did one foot but if I had done both feet I would have only done one at a time for mess control. Landon giggled the whole time because his feet are so ticklish.
Step 3- Hold the canvas in one hand and their foot in the other and stamp it onto the canvas. I rocked the canvas side to side against his foot without moving it (in the same way you would rock your thumb against a surface to get a full thumbprint) to get it pressed on really well. If you find a gap in any of your footprints you can take a little bit of paint on your brush and fill that in. Repeat. Coat the foot in paint before each stamping.
Step 4- This probably goes without saying but have a wet paper towel or baby wipes handy to clean the paint off of their feet immediately. The paint came off very easily because we didn’t let it dry.
Step 5- Your footprints will have had time to dry by the time you are done cleaning off their feet, so grab your pencil and draw your details on! I lightly sketched the ladders, wheels, windows, sirens, and words. You want it just dark enough that you can see where it is to guide your painting. You could use a ruler and a bottle cap to trace for super perfect lines and wheels but I was moving pretty quickly, so it was all free hand!
Step 6- Paint on your details! You will need very small paint brushes for this part and a light hand. The smallest paint brushes in the set I linked above were perfect. Just fill in your pencil sketches! I started from top left so that my hand would not drag across any of the wet paint.
Step 7- Let dry!
That’s it! It turned out to be the perfect personalized gift to give Nate. He loved it! It would be extra cute if you had several children and you stamped all of their feet on a canvas this size. But I think ours turned out really well!
When I started to envision Baby Boy’s nursery months and months ago I really didn’t have much direction. Everyone kept asking me what theme I was going to go with and I met their questions with a blank stare. I wandered the baby store aisles feeling like I would never find what I was really looking for – something unique, something … not covered in some sort of Disney character. The bedding sets I found on Pinterest were perfect but also $500?! So that was out. I started to realize that I didn’t really want or need a theme or insanely expensive bedding and furniture. I just wanted something simple .. a color scheme, patterns, texture.
We had an old couch in our office turned nursery and I knew that I wanted to keep it in there to lounge on as a nice quiet place to hang out and nurse the baby. My Mother-in-law covered it in super fun retro fabric and when she wanted to get rid of it a couple of years ago I had to have it. I loved it in our office but lime green retro fabric didn’t go with our nursery color scheme of golds, grays, yellows, mint/turquoise, and navy. Thankfully my Mother-in-law agreed to recover it again and so she, my Mom and I set out to find the perfect material.
We even put my niece, Bella, to work! Ha. Just kidding. She was crafting scraps into pretty things!!
I decided to take the easy decorating task of adding some personalized pillows to liven up the “new couch” even more and make it a true focal point in the room. I love how it all came together! I ordered the pillows from Tiny Prints and they turned out just perfect! So typical of me to push the hard labor off on someone else while I just clicked “add to cart” and waited for pretty things to show up on my doorstep! And you guessed it – Baby Boy’s name starts with an “L”! I am just so in love with little finishing touches like this – they make it feel like this is *HIS* room.
I feel like our nursery is “in style” without being a copycat of someone else’s Pinterest photo and that is exactly what I wanted. I love the pops of color against the neutrals that we’ve picked and every perfect detail! This is obviously just one corner of the room and I’m so excited to share the whole nursery with you all! Stay tuned!!