Footprint Mistletoes- DIY Decorative Keepsake Plate


I wanted to make a Decorative Christmas Plate to place next to my son's Footprint Santa Penguin Plate I made a few years ago, and decided on Footprint Mistle-TOES. Baby feet are so darn cute!

Supplies Needed:
  • Enamel Paints- I have red, yellow, blue, white, & black that I mix together to make all the colors, you can find them at craft stores
  • Plate - I got mine from the dollar store
  • Paintbrushes- at least one with a very thin brush tip & a bigger one for painting the feet
  • Plate Stand (optional)


1. Paint 1 foot green and press down with the heel in the center of the plate & the toes going out on a slight angle. Repeat with the other foot. It will end up looking like an upside-down "V." If you are not happy with how it looks, quickly wipe it off before it dries and start over.


2. After it is completely dry, press the thumb into red paint and press at the very top of where the footprints meet. Repeat as many times as you want.

3. Draw a darker green squiggly line around the Footprint Mistletoe.


4. Paint on tiny squares come off of the squiggly line in various places where you want the Christmas lights to be.


5. Using one color, press the child's fingertip into a paint color and then press onto the plate where you made the tiny squares. I started with red paint and placed her fingerprint in every 3rd spot. I let the paint completely dry before doing a 2nd color and so on. If you are doing this with an older child than my daughter (almost 1 yr old), you probably wouldn't have to wait in between colors.

She loved the fingerprint painting! She kept helping me dip her finger into the paint and loved seeing it when i lifted her finger up when making each print.


6. I let it dry and the next day I went with black paint and wrote "Mistletoes" and the year.

I am linking this post to these awesome link parties!

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24 comments:

Lisa said...

Awww! I wish I would have seen this sooner! I was looking all over for a fun foot or hand print holiday craft for my son and this would have been perfect! I hope I can squeeze in some time to try it!

maggy, red ted art said...

Simply gorgeous!!

Thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty.

Maggy

Jewels@Joy-n-Jesus said...

Oh my goodness that is soooo cute! Love it! Thank you for sharing your idea.

Jerri said...

That is so adorable! I love this! I'd love for you to link your post up at my Friday Favorites party. This week is a special Holly Bloggy Christmas edition!

Trisha @ clarionwren.com said...

Cute idea! Pinning this. :)

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

This is VERY cute!! I would love for you to come link up at my TGIF LInky Party - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties - I know my readers would love to see!!
Merry Christmas,
Beth =-)

LessonPlans-CraftGossip said...

Just posted on Craft Gossip!! Love the mistletoe idea :) Merry Christmas!

http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=5241

MiaB said...

This is too cute!!! Stopping by from the Sunday Showcase.

~MiaB
www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

artsy_momma said...

Thanks everyone!
Amanda

Sierra @ H is for Homeschooling said...

I love it! I pinned it for next year. I am all crafted out at the moment :)

MichelleG said...

So cute I am going to use this in my classroom next year!! www.garnersfirstgradegarden.blogspot.com

Kristin Reese said...

I've seen the posts/ideas on Pinterest for plates decorated with sharpie and baked to make the art permanent. Can you do the same with this craft to set the paint and make the plate useable and not just a decoration? Thanks!

artsy_momma said...

I am not sure if that would make it usable - sorry :( Would be a great idea though if it did!!!

ashley said...

Hi! I love this cute little plate and was thinking about giving one each to the grands this year. Should I apply a sealant or bake the plates just to ensure that they will hold up through the years? They will only be on display I was just thinking about them taking them up and down each year! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

artsy_momma said...

Hi Ashley!

I have found that using Enamel Paints and letting air dry seems to hold up well enough, but you could always bake it for the amount of time recommended in the instructions on the back of the bottle - I personally haven't found it to make a difference.

If you use something like Acrylic Paints, then I would definitely use a clear sealant spray after it dries completely since Acrylics tend to scratch easily on that type of surface.

Good Luck! Feel free to post a finished photo to our FB wall if you'd like to share it with everyone :)

Anonymous said...

This is a vey cute idea. I wanted to try it with the infants I work with. Doesn't the enamel paint stain the skin? Am I better off using acrylic paint? I was also wondering if I can use a plastic plate?

Anonymous said...

Is this just a regular plate you eat off of or do I need some special plate??
I'm so excited to try this!!!

Anonymous said...

I did this today with my grandson who is going to be turning one right after Christmas. I used finger paint on a Corelle dinner plate. Is there anything I can use to seal it with. Already had it done, did not think about using any other kind of paint. Please let me know because it will be a gift Christmas Eve. Than you so much.

artsy_momma said...

@Anonymous - I haven't found that it stained the skin. If you use acrylic paint, I would seal it with a clear sealant spray (comes in a bottle that looks like a mini spray paint can in the craft section of stores}. Acrylic paint tends to scratch off a lot easier whereas the Enamel paints seem more permanent.

Yes, you could use a plastic plate :)

Amanda @artsy_momma

artsy_momma said...

@Anonymous.... Yes, you can use any kind of plate - I buy mine a the dollar store :) With that being said, it is for decorative purposes only & not safe for eating off of.

artsy_momma said...

@Anonymous - I have used a clear sealant spray in the past to seal it (use outside) Here is one on Amazon but I haven't personally used this brand before http://www.amazon.com/Krylon-6-Ounce-Crystal-Acrylic-Coating/dp/B001K65K26 I bought one at Wal-mart that I don't recommend b/c it dries bumpy. Your best bet would be to go to a craft store like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. and ask someone who works there if they can recommend one that they have either used or have heard good feedback on.

Good luck! I bet his parents will love it!!!

Amanda @artsy_momma

Anonymous said...

Do you know if these are safe to eat off of after painting them??

Amanda Vasquez said...

^^^
I believe it is not unless you get the ones that they fire in a kiln at the pottery places.

sasha said...

Does this have to be baked to become washable?

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