Seasonal Print Art

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Seasonal Print Art

Throughout the year the trio of shelves in my living room rotate décor as the seasons change. Handprint and footprint art has become my favorite way to decorate using the ever-growing and ever-changing hands and feet of my son. Creating the art itself is a fun activity that we can do together and gives my son the chance to get messy with paint while the finished product is a priceless keepsake.

Canvas boards in a variety of sizes ranging from 8×8 to 8×10 to 9×16 have been the base for all our art pieces. Nontoxic, washable acrylic paints in a variety of colors work well for handprints and footprints. Over the years, I have experimented with different writing utensils, some of which have turned out better than others. For most all writing on the boards, Sharpie paint markers glide across the canvas well while providing a sharp and vibrant look. 

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Fall Favorites

[Mommy’s Little Pumpkin]

Create this at home! You’ll need:

  • Orange paint for the feet prints
  • Brown paint for the thumbprint stem
  • Green paint marker for the vines
  • Black paint marker for the writing, name, and year

[Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet]

Create this at home! You’ll need:

  • Black paint to cover the canvas for a base – NOTE: paint this base coat and let it thoroughly dry before adding the feet prints
  • Blue and green paints for the feet prints
  • Googly eyes and q-tips for the Franken’s feet – TIP: use hot glue to fasten these in place
  • Black paint marker for drawing on the mouth
  • Puffy paint for the writing and year

[Gobble til you Wobble]

Create this at home! You’ll need:

  • Brown, red, yellow, orange, and green paint for the turkey handprint
  • Googly eyes for the turkey faces
  • Brush markers for the writing – NOTE: these markers also work well for drawing on turkey legs and feet as well as beaks and gobblers

Winter Wonders

[Let It Snow]

Create this at home! You’ll need:

  • Blue paint to cover the canvas for a base – again, paint the base coat and let it dry thoroughly before adding feet prints
  • White paint for the feet prints
  • Paint markers in various colors for the writing, snowmen faces, hats, scarves, name, and year

[Valentine’s Love]

Create this at home! You’ll need:

  • Red paint for the hand and feet prints
  • Black paint marker for the “L” and “E” and year

Simply Spring

[St. Patrick’s Day]

Create this at home! You’ll need:

  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple paint for the rainbow handprint
  • Black paint marker for writing and pot (and green if desired for wording highlights) 
  • Gold coins for the pot of gold – NOTE: look for these at hobby and dollar stores and use hot glue to fasten them in place

[Spring Handprint Flowers]

Create this at home! You’ll need:

  • Yellow paint and any other color of your choice for the handprint petals
  • Green and black paint markers

[Play Ball Baseball]

Create this at home! You’ll need:

  • White and brown paint – NOTE: for the ball, I mixed white with a little brown to get the off-white color I wanted. The ball is made up of a palm print.
  • Black, gold, and red paint markers

Summer 

[Lemonade $1]

Create this at home! You’ll need:

  • Yellow and green paint for the lemon handprint and thumbprint leaves
  • Silver, yellow, and green paint markers

[4th of July]

Create this at home! You’ll need:

  • Blue and red paint for the handprint fireworks
  • Blue, red, and black paint markers

Our collection continues to grow with each passing season. Stay tuned to Des Moines Parent for more fun ideas in the future!

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Michelle Jarnagin

Michelle Jarnagin

My name is Michelle Jarnagin and I live with my husband Dave and our son Devic in Des Moines. We have two Chihuahuas - Loki and Ollie. I work full time as a social worker and Dave is the stay-at-home parent in our household. Devic is currently in Kinderschool and will be entering Kindergarten this fall. In our free time, our family enjoys walking with the dogs, exploring parks and playgrounds, and visiting bowling/arcade centers. This summer you're likely to find us at the baseball fields for Devic's first season, camping, or enjoying one of the many festivals/activities Des Moines has to offer.

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