Crafts always turn out different for me than everyone else. Even with the best instructions, the results are, well…unexpected. When I saw this ghost footprint picture on one of my favorite blogs, Baby Rabies, earlier this week, I thought, “I should do that!”
Who needs instructions? Not me. I even decided to up the ante and make two, one for each set of grandparents. I determined that I needed to start right way so I could get it in the mail before the end of September. I know (no matter how it turns out) my mom will want to put it up in her house. I may have to tell her what it is, but she will display it, because she is a mom like that.
My first stop was the craft store where I picked up two 8×10 canvases, tubes of black and while acrylic paint, paint brushes, and ribbon. This craft would have been so much cheaper if I had any idea where my acrylic paint and paint brushes are, but oh well. I think I paid $3 for the twin pack of canvas and $1 for the ribbon.
I went home and immediately painted the canvas black. I left it to dry overnight and raised it off the newspaper so it wouldn’t stick:
The next day we painted each of their feet and put them on the canvas. No pictures because that part took two of us. The key here was to have plenty of paint on the foot, because if there wasn’t enough paint, the footprint barely showed up on the black background. Greenleigh thought it was so much fun to have paint on her feet that I put down some scrap construction paper and let her paint with her feet some more.
Later that night I started to add the letters. The great thing about working on a black background is that you can cover over and fix what you don’t like.
After letting the words dry, I added the ribbon to the back. This was where I learned that the ribbon had to be placed at a slight angle, instead of parallel to the edge of the canvas. It doesn’t hang properly if it is straight. I learned this the hard way, and had to fix it.
Not quite like the original, but I’m happy with it. I love how it shows their ages on canvas. They will never be this small again. Greenleigh’s toes are a little smudged, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. That is Greenleigh – constant motion.