Kid’s Craft: How to Make Butterfly Footprints
Butterfly footprints would be cute if a real butterfly came by and left some footprints for me, but that's not exactly what I'm referring to. When it comes to children and crafts, I live by the motto "the messier, the merrier" and really enjoy getting "dirty" with them, too. I loved finger painting as a child and I am sure most children do also so I love to use that as a craft at least once a year. As a bonus, you can even have them do it on a canvas and have it framed as a keepsake or a gift to their grandparents.
How to Make Butterfly Footprints
This craft is super simple, easy and is great for all ages. Although with the younger ones, you will definitely need to provide assistance.
- Non-Toxic Washable Finger Paints
- Paper or Canvas Boards
- Fuzzy Sticks/Pipe Cleaners (optional)
- Glue (optional)
The first step, for me, was to strip down my 20 month old son; your older children will probably not need it. But with the younger ones, it's easier to do this right before bath time. I squirted different amounts of paint onto a board and let him mix them around with his fingers. (He seemed to enjoy this part.)
After he had a pretty combination of colors and before the paint could dry, I took his foot and applied it onto the paint. You will definitely have to help the younger children with this, but they will love the feeling.
Then take a fresh piece of paper or a canvas board and apply the footprints. You will put them on opposite sides, so the left print will be on the right side and vice versa. You also want to make sure they are relatively close, as they will be the wings of your butterfly. Then have your little one celebrate because the messy part is done! He immediately went into the tub before our next step.
After you have the wings, you can have your child paint on the body and scenery if they want to. Since my son is younger, he was done after he got messy, so I created a body with Fuzzy Sticks (pipe cleaners). I took two pipe cleaners, any color, and twisted them until there was about an inch left. Then I twirled the top to make it look like antennas. Since my son's foot was half the size of the pipe cleaner, I fold it in half before I applied it to his painting with glue.
And voila! You are finished! You can display these beautiful butterflies anywhere! I did ours on canvas so I can put them on easels. And I highly recommend all you parents out there to participate also! Here is our finished artworks:
When was the last time you and your kids did crafts together? What did you make?
I am a full time housewife and mother to one boy. My blog is According to Dee, and I share my family photos, crafts, recipes, and freebies. In addition to blogging, I am also a photographer/graphic designer/artist. You can view my photography work at DSisk Photography and my designs at Artied Designs. I am self taught and have always had a natural knack for anything involving creativity and am so happy to share my passion with the world.I am a full time housewife and mother to one boy. My blog is According to Dee, and I share my family photos, crafts, recipes, and freebies. In addition to blogging, I am also a photographer/graphic designer/artist. You can view my photography work at DSisk Photography and my designs at Artied Designs. I am self taught and have always had a natural knack for anything involving creativity and am so happy to share my passion with the world.