Easy Summer Crafts: Handprint & Footprint Lobster

Today seemed like a very long day and a very short day all rolled into one.  It’s the last day of “summer” according to our school calendar, which made it go by quickly, but it’s also our first weekend home in several weeks so it also felt like a very long day.  And since my kids have been on the go a lot lately they were looking for things to do.

After we returned from the movies late this morning (more on that later this week), Greenleigh looked at me and said, “What are we going to do now, Mommy?”.  Honestly, this mommy didn’t have a clue.  “Can we do arts and crafts?”, she said eagerly.  And just at that moment, I remembered a pin that I saw on Pinterest sometime around the beginning of summer.  It was an adorable lobster handprint and footprint that I’ve wanted to do for a while but just hadn’t gotten around to it (I’d love to link to the pin, but I didn’t repin it myself and couldn’t find it when I looked earlier today).  And then I remembered that Rich Art had been gracious enough to send me some paints when the girls were away with their grandparents.  “Yes, honey.  I think arts and crafts would be a great idea!”.  Okay maybe not “great”, but it would pass the hour or so until naptime.  Which lead to a chorus of “Arts and craps!  Arts and craps!  Arts and craps!” from Hazeline.

This craft is super cute and ridiculously easy to do – the kids had a ball.  To do this craft, all you need is red paint, black paint, construction paper, a few paintbrushes, and some googly eyes (I had a bunch left over from my owl hairclips, so I just used those).  For best results, I would recommend:

  1. Start with the footprint.   I found that this was the hardest part, especially for Hazeline who is younger.  I worked best when I held her ankle and gently pressed down on her foot.  Make sure to not only press on the toes, but also the middle of the foot.  Hazeline’s lobster is a little skinny since I kinda forgot that part.
  2. After you’ve done your footprint, then do your handprints.  I put the girls hands on the paper and then pressed down on each finger.  Don’t forget the area between the hand and the tip of the thumb…I wasn’t paying attention when I was doing Greenleigh’s and this part didn’t really come out well.
  3. Wait for the red footprint and handprints to dry completely before moving on to the black paint accents.
  4. Connect the handprint and footprint by painting on small red “arms”.  Doesn’t have to be perfect, just as long as they’re connected.  You can also add little legs on the side, but I chose to skip that part.
  5. Once everything is dry, glue on the googly eyes in the heel area.  Allow them to dry completely, or you’ll have to re-glue them a few times like I did.

Perfect lobster?  Maybe not.  But  pretty darn cute.

 **A very special thank you to Rich Art for providing the paints for this project.  Not only did they help out a mom fill a few hours on a Sunday, but they also provided paints that were a breeze to use and clean up.  The paint stayed put on the paper, but easily washed right off their hands using only a baby wipe.  And since we have a ton of paint left, I’m sure their are other painting projects in our future…stay tuned.

High Chair Birthday Banner Tutorial

So today was the big day – Hazeline’s 1st birthday party!  And as much as I want to share every single picture with you, I don’t even have all of them downloaded yet, so that will have to wait for another day (probably Monday).

The days and weeks before Hazeline’s party seemed to move so quickly, that I somehow forgot to purchase the decorations I had picked out (months before) on Etsy.  I was able to pick up some simple decorations at the store, but really wanted something handmade to decorate Hazeline’s high chair.  It just didn’t seem right to let it go un-decorated, and I remembered having a high chair banner for Greenleigh when she turned one.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t convinced of my ability to make one, nor did I have the Martha Stewart punches that make this a simple, 10-20 minute project.  With the help of some friends I was able to make this awesome high chair banner for virtually nothing, and it only took about 60-90 minutes, most of which was spent tracing and cutting.HighChairBirthdayBannerTutorial

You will need:
White, Red, Yellow, Blue, & Green Card Stock
Compass
Pencil
Green ribbon
Hole punch
Scissors

Step 1 - I haven’t used a compass since high school, but I was able to pick one up for 99 cents, as opposed to the specialty Martha Stewart punch that was $15 (nothing against Martha, of course, but her stuff can be expensive!).  I traced a 5.5″ circle using the compass on the colored cardstock.  You will need 2 blue, 2 green, and 1 red circle.  Once the circles are traced, cut them out.  

Step 2 - Using Word, type out the letters/numbers “i”, “am”, and “1″ or whatever you want your banner to say in Times New Roman font on individual pages.  Enlarge those numbers to 375 point font.  Make sure the letters are in black when printing.  Once printed, cut them out.  You are going to use these as stencils when making your banner.

Step 3 - Turn your letters over, so the black side of the letter is facing the colored paper, and trace them.  It feels weird, but you should be tracing them backwards.  Then cut the letters out of the cardstock.

Step 4 - Print your animals out on the white paper, then trace around them.  Cut the animals out.  This took forever since there were so many little curves.

Step 5 - Paste the letters, numbers, and animals to your circles.  Make sure to put them on the side of your circle that does not have the trace marks from the compass.

Step 6 - Punch two holes on either side of your circles.  I placed mine towards the top of the circle, but you could put them in the middle if you preferred.Step 7 - Thread the green ribbon through the holes.  Make sure that your ribbon will behind the majority of the circle.Step 8 - Once strung together, tie ribbon to the ends.  This will help your circles stay in place and add a bit of color, depending on what colors you use.  I had some orange and red left over from other projects, so I used that, but any color would do.Voila – cheap, easy decor!  Total cost of this project was about $4.50.  I got a ton of compliments on it too.  I almost didn’t take this project on because I wasn’t sure if I could get it done in time, but I’m so glad I made something for her first birthday.  114

More pictures of the party on Monday!