For some reason, there is something irresistible about children’s hand and footprints. Maybe it’s because they are little for such a short time and we want to cling tightly to those moments. In any case, there are so many holiday crafts that can be created around these hand and footprints. This is a Halloween craft themed with ghosts and a spider!
What you will need:
A blank canvas (I used 10×10 inches)
Purple acrylic paint (background)
White acrylic paint (ghosts, web, and text)
Black acrylic paint (spider)
Glow in the dark puff paint
A wide paintbrush (I used 1”)
A fine tip paintbrush
A foam brush
Newspaper or some other way to protect surfaces from paint
A child with hands and feet
Using the wide paintbrush, paint on your background paint color (in this case, purple). I needed three coats to provide full coverage. If you are not going to frame your canvas, you should also paint the sides.
Allow at least half an hour for the paint to dry between each coat.
Once the background has dried, you are ready for some white paint. Start by finding that child with hands and feet and wrangling him/her over to your well protected project area. I recommend removing any nice clothing from the child. Using the foam brush, apply a generous layer of white paint to the foot. You want to do this step quickly so that A) the paint doesn’t dry and B) there is less time to get paint everywhere. If the child is very young, you may want to hold the child and bring the canvas to his/her foot. An older child can be instructed to gently step on the canvas. If you opt to hold the child, make sure you do not get kicked by a painted foot. For best results, make sure the foot is completely coated in paint but not dripping. Carefully dab up any gloppy paint so that you will have a smooth surface once it is dry.
To create the web, I first used the tip of the wet foam brush to make four straight lines coming out of the upper left corner. Using the fine tip paintbrush, I made lowercase “m” shapes between the straight lines. Let this paint dry completely.
Time to wrangle that child again, and this time it’s going to be more challenging. Just like the foot, you are going to take a hand and coat it with black paint. Hands are more difficult because children can close them. I actually had to pry this little one’s hand open while pressing it down on top of the web. Before you do anything else, grab a rag, the child, and run to the sink because you really do not want that black paint on anything. Once that is complete, touch up the spider and dab away any glops. Now you can use the black paint to draw a face on the ghost.
While the spider is drying, use your white paint and fine tip paintbrush to write any text. We opted for the child’s name along with the month and year. Once the spider is dry, you can give the little fellow a face.
We realized there was still quite a bit of space in the bottom left. I contemplated putting “Happy Halloween” but felt that would be too much text. My sister recommended another hand print as a ghost, so we went for that. Once dry, we used black to draw on a face.
You can finish your Halloween craft up by adding glow in the dark puff paint as an accent. I traced both of the ghosts and the lines on the spider web (except where covered by the spider!).
Except for the background painting of the canvas, all of the other painting was done throughout the course of one day. I selected moments when she was in a good mood but not overly active. Right after a nap is a great time to catch kids in this state. Give this project a try and let me know how it turns out! We’d love to see a photo on our Facebook page!