Capture Precious Foot Prints with Butterfly Craft

Capture the memory of tiny feet with this great projectAs anyone with kids knows, time goes far too quickly and they grow up waaay too fast. Just last week, my brood started 8th and 4th grade, with my youngest beginning Kindergarten.

The bigger they get, the more many of us find ourselves longing for the younger years—which is why I thought I’d share this butterfly-foot print craft with you (courtesy of Mommypotamus). It’s a great way to memorialize their quickly-growing feet and a nice opportunity to spend some extra time together, too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Canvas (9×12 inch or whatever size you prefer)
  • Non-toxic acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint pen or permanent marker (optional)
  • Stencil (optional)

Here’s how to make the artistic magic:

1.Squeeze paint onto a plate or piece of cardboard

2.Place your child on a surface that allows them to stretch their feet out for easy paint application

3.Paint the sole of your child’s feet with the main color you’ve selected; add on accent colors if desired.

4.Pick up the canvas and place it against the child’s foot, gently pressing down each toe. You can also reach around the other side of the canvas and press the canvas from the other side to make sure you get a good print. Remember that you’ll want to switch the prints so that the foot that is normally on the left is on the right side, and vice versa.

5.If you like your print, continue on with the other foot. If not, rinse the canvas with water and try again! If you move quickly it will most likely completely wash off.

6.Once you have the butterfly shape, add embellishments as desired. In the example I saw, the parent used a paint pen to add antenna and her child’s first initial.

See the image on the right for what the finished result is and see me, your Houston podiatrist, with any concerns you may have about your children’s growing feet. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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