Halloween Crafting with Kids

I always knew that when I had kids that I’d want to do as many cute holiday crafts with them as I can while they’re young enough to let me! Welp, now I have my first baby and I’m doing all the crafts. It’s certainly much more difficult than I thought it would be to keep a baby’s foot flat or hand open LOL but with a little patience and a lot of extra supplies, we get it.

For Halloween I saw the cutest idea of putting her butt on a plate like a pumpkin and I knew I had to do it. Me, being me, thought, “I’m going to make one for all the grandparents and us.” LOL. Good thing I had another idea in mind for the grandparents! It wasn’t difficult, just time consuming and it helps if there is another adult to do it with you.

For the grandparents I decided to do her feet on a canvas! We did a variation of two different ones!

What you need:

  • NON-TOXIC KID SAFE paint – I only suggest using a kid safe, non-toxic paint if you plan on putting paint on your child’s body.
  • Paint brushes
  • Ceramic plate (your preference on size)
  • Art canvas
  • Sharpies
  • Wet wipes
  • Patience 😉

Time saving tip *We painted the canvases first, then let them dry while we did the plates. Then we let the plate air dry while we did the canvas.*

How to plates:

  1. Paint your little one’s toosh. I used a wide paint brush with a super soft bristle. Some people recommend the sponge type ones, but I just used what I already had! Make sure that you make the round shape,  because when you sit them on the plate you want it to look round.
  2. Hold your baby’s legs up towards their chest and “sit” them down on a plate. My friend held the plate while I did it, so I didn’t have to worry about it sliding when I went to put her down.
  3. Paint on the stem and leaf. I didn’t paint this on to her body because I figured there was no way to get it all on the plate and it not look like a smushed mess.
  4. *Optional: I let it sit for a little while, then flipped it over and painted little pumpkins on the underside… ps I’m not artistic so they’re more like orange apples YOLO.
  5. Air dry for one hour.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 300 degrees. 

How to canvas:

  1. It wasn’t until I got home with my supplies that I realized I was planning on painting white ghost feet on a white canvas. So smart. Soooo, I painted the white canvas, purple. 
  2. Let air dry.
  3. Paint your baby’s toes white! Make sure you get those little toes good!
  4. Put your baby’s foot down on a canvas and hold it there for a few seconds. You’ll want to press on it firmly, but if you do it too hard, the foot will smudge. Also, pick straight up when you’re ready to take the foot off so it doesn’t smear!
  5. Let air dry. 
  6. Write whatever you want on it 🙂

I hope you have a great time doing this activity with your baby/child! We had a really great time doing it.

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