My oldest has the creative gene. He is constantly making hats and masks out of construction paper and he’ll sit for hours drawing and coloring.
I admit I’m not that creative. I often have to look in books or websites to find crafts to do with my kids. I’m really trying to get better and to help foster my son’s love for art. I want him to be able to use his creativity. I love watching him make things with his hands and come up with out-of-the-box ideas.
Two weekends ago, my husband had to work and the boys’ soccer games were cancelled. I decided to take them to the craft store to find something fun to do together. We went up and down the aisles and I came across a display of blank canvas packs. Hanging above was a sample of a canvas print with two little hand prints that created a flower…it was really adorable.
The lightbulb went off in my head. Why not use the boys’ hands to make a cute little spider? And their feet would make a perfect ghost!
I picked up everything we needed and we literally spent the entire afternoon doing crafts. It was so much fun! No smartphone, no computer, no interruptions…just strictly painting, creating, and spending time with my boys.
What I love about the crafts we did, other than the fact that they are created with my boys’ hand and foot prints, is that I can hang them up every year. I’m sure I’ll look back in a few years and think, “Look how little their feet were!”
- Canvas (I used 8×10 but you can use any size)
- Multipurpose paint in colors black, white, and orange
- Paint brushes and/or sponges
- Googly eyes
- Little feet and hands
- Paint the entire canvas black – let it dry.
- Cover your little one’s foot with the white paint. If you have more than one child, have each of them paint the other’s foot. WARNING: There may be lots of giggles and ticklish feet!
- Press the foot down (but not too hard) on the canvas. Hold for a few seconds and lift the foot directly up.
- Add little black eyes with paint
- Let the canvas dry.
- You can also write their names or a Halloween message like, “Boo”.
- Paint your child’s hand with the black paint. If you have more than one child, paint one hand from each child.
- Press down on the canvas so both hands meet up at the wrist.
- Smooth out the body of the spider with a paint brush. You may need to add more black paint.
- Add googly eyes to the wet paint – they should stick.
- If you feel creative enough, draw a spider web in black paint.
- Let it dry.
This craft would actually be fun to do at a school party. To keep costs down, you could use heavy construction paper instead of canvas.
The boys had a blast with this craft and now the canvas paintings are hanging in my foyer!