Make a beautiful, rainbow footprint butterfly keepsake for the front of a card or to display on a canvas or in a frame. These would make such a bright and happy present for special family members, or a cute St Patrick’s day activity or rainbow themed craft too! This would also tie in so nicely with a book-themed project related to The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Eric Carle inspired art!
Hello, Im Louise and I am delighted to be here guest posting for Anna whilst she is spending precious time with her gorgeous newborn baby boy.
I blog over at ‘Messy little Monster’ and I would love you to pop over to see all the crafts, activities, and adventures I get up to with my little monster Harry (3) and his baby sister Daisy (5 months). You can also find me on facebook and pinterest.
It won’t be long before Spring is here (so I keep telling myself!) and our gardens are filled with butterflies and flowers. This rainbow butterfly painting is a perfect spring craft that will brighten up any room. Keeping to the rainbow theme we have also been busy this week painting rainbow toast, a perfect way to brighten up your breakfast!
I made this little rainbow butterfly using my baby daughter Daisy’s feet. Daisy is only 5 months old so her feet are still tiny (and wriggly!) I love crafts that use children’s tiny prints whether that is handprints, footprints or fingerprints as kids really don’t stay small for long! This footprint butterfly will look great alongside our handprint animal collection.
How to make a Rainbow Butterfly
1. Squirt some rainbow coloured poster paint onto a plate (I use paper plates to save the washing up!)
2. Paint your child’s feet using the rainbow coloured paints. You will have to work quite quickly as you don’t want the paint to start drying.
3. Press your child’s feet onto a piece of paper to create a butterfly shape. The outer edge of each foot needs to be in the middle of the butterfly design. Keep the two prints quite close together but leave enough room to draw on your butterfly’s body.
Older children can stand up to do their prints. For babies or small children the easiest way I have found to take the prints is to press the paper onto their foot whilst they are sitting down.
4. Once the paint has dried get a black marker pen and draw your butterflies body between the two wings.
There you have it….one gorgeous rainbow butterfly made from your child’s tiny footprints.
TIP: Older children will be happy to sit still (or do the painting themselves if they are extra flexible) but if you are trying to paint babies feet I would have somebody on standby to help. Daisy kept wriggling and trying to grab and eat her feet as I was doing the prints!
If you love crafts using your children prints you might be interested in our heart fingerprint keyring or our salt dough handprints.