Inspired by the canvas print I saw on Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/351912451841921/ – I thought I would TRY and see if my little 21 month old would let me do this on a plate … it took a few attempts, but eventually it worked. It helped to have family and friends with me to take her afterwards.
I walked my daughter through the process … she was VERY good at letting me paint her foot and press it against the plate, but then she wanted to curl her toes … that was the challenge. Touching it up was the trick. It turned into a rush job – as she started to melt down … note to parents who try this, don’t do this around nap time. Thanks to family / friends was able to knock this out quickly.
$25.00 pottery plate
$0.00 pottery place provided all paint/brush supplies and cost for firing plate.
With the help of my son, I was able to walk him through what we were going to do – and what we were going to make. He’s 3.5 yrs old now – and has a better understanding what’s involved in the process now. There for awhile we had to take a break from taking prints – as he didn’t really understand what was going on – now he’s into it!
So it was helpful to have baby wipes on hand and family/friends to help. I explained that the paint would feel cold and damp, but we are going to make a carrot and bunny out of his footprints and he was very excited. It took 5 minutes to do both foot prints – and he was very good to be very still when we did them. A week later when we picked up the plate – we were really happy with the results!
$35.00 pottery plate
$0 pottery place provided all paint/brush supplies and cost for firing plate.
Now that out 3 yr old son and 18 mo old daughter are older – I wanted to make something that allowed both of them to create together – after looking through Pinterest, the answer was a handprint tree, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/492649935267856/.
This is the first time our son and daughter have collaborated to make anything and/or do a craft together – the outcome was amazing! And they were both SO good at working with each other during this project. As always, it helped to have family and friends with us to do this … I had our son go first and painted his hand light green and put his hand print on the plate, then we painted our daughter’s little hand light green and had her put her hand on the plate … they had a great time and really enjoyed it.
I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out but just went with the creative flow. Adding the string of Christmas lights helped tie the shape of the tree together and adding the base with the planter grounded the image and gave it more structure.
What was a rainy day when we decided to do this craft turned into a fun afternoon with an ever lasting heirloom keepsake.
$ 0.00 Paint, brushes, firing provided by pottery place
This was a fun photo session with our son using a white sheet for a background on our bed and some of his foam letters from his play mat. Using some free iPhone apps I was able to do quick color corrections and fun collage arrangements before uploading to Costco’s Photo shop online for print processing.
– White Sheet (for background)
– Foam letters from child’s play mat
– Regular digital camera
– Downloaded PS Express iPhone app for color correction
– Downloaded ‘Snap Collage’ to make photo arrangements
– Costco Photo Shop
$4.50 Costco Photo Shop
Inspired by many of the Easter photos on Pinterest, such as this one: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/428053139555473906/, with a little help from my husband we were able to create a number of wonderful heirloom quality photos of our son to celebrate his 1st Easter.
Originally the plan was take my son’s picture on our bed (as we always do) using a white bed sheet as the back drop and put him in some Easter outfits we bought on Etsy.com using some props (that were part of his Easter basket), but we got lucky and were able to use a more professional setting at my husband’s office which was set up for taking employee’s photos. But a white bed sheet near a window with good daylight lighting works just as well too.
We were very pleased with the result of the photos as were grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members.
$ 10.00 Stuffed teddy-bear Bunny (Marshall’s)
$ 5.00 Stuffed Teddy-bear Lamb (Kroger)
$ 10.00 Basket (Hobby Lobby)
$ 5.00 Plastic eggs (Kroger)
$ 30.00 Blue gingham embroidered bunny outfit (Etsy.com)
$ 30.00 Blue baby boy sailor outfit (Etsy.com)
$ 0.00 Blue sweater outfit w/ white collar (borrowed from family member)
$ 0.00 White sheet for back drop
$ 0.00 camera
Inspired by Pinterest idea (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/207728601536942589/).
My little guy was a trooper and allowed me with the help of a friend paint his little toes (again) as well as his little hand this time so we could surprise his daddy with his First Valentines Day gift. Daddy was very surprised and very happy. Great memory!
Platter was $60 at a local pottery painting place near our house.