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This past week baby L and I put together a little homemade decorative Thanksgiving plate for her family to keep and cherish for her first Thanksgiving. She had such a blast feeling the paint swirl around in her hands and the way the paint brush tickled her little foot made her laugh, smile and giggle so much! Since it’s L’s first Thanksgiving we can’t really talk about what she is Thankful for just yet, but we thought we would share how we made it on here to inspire some Thankfulness in others. This is a great craft to do with children of any age and could easily be tied into discussing things that children are grateful for as well as counting their blessings through out the year to encourage contented little hearts filled with gratitude. 🙂
- Ceramic Plate
- Black Sharpie Marker
- Brown, Red, Gold, White, Black and Orange Acrylic Paint
- paint brushes
- cup of water
- paint pallet or plate to keep colors separate
- Conventional Oven
- Make sure plate is clear of all smudges. Clean the plate with dish soap and allow to dry.
- Squirt the paints onto a pallet or plate to keep the colors separate.
- Take paint brush and swirl it into one of the colors that you would like to be one of the Turkeys feathers.
- Once plate is completely take the paint brush and paint child’s hand. Let your child feel the paint and experience the fun of having the new texture in their grasp. For toddlers and older children have a conversation with them about how it feels. Asks them if they can describe it and work with them to build their vocabulary about the new experience.
- Now take the child’s hand and place it near the top-center-middle of the plate. Then clean the child’s hand with a baby wipe of wet cloth.
- Then repeat the steps 3-5 with the other two colors that you and your child would like to be the Turkeys feathers and place the child’s handprints on either side of the first-middle handprint.
- Next take the paintbrush and dip it into the brown paint. Then swirl it onto your child’s foot. Again, if your child is older ask them about what it feels like. Do they think the brush tickles? Do they like the feeling of the smushy paint between their toes? Why? Why not?
- Now place the child’s foot, toes down in the middle of the plate. It’s okay if the foot print overlaps on the center handprints.
- Allow the hand and foot prints to dry as you clean your child’s foot.
- Once the prints are dry take the child’s finger and let them dip it in the white paint. Then have them put their finger print on the footprints heels.
- Then take a toothpick and dip it into the black acrylic paint. Now place a little dot of the Black in the middle of the child’s white fingerprint to create a little Turkey eyeball.
- Then take the toothpick and dip it into the orange paint and make a little triangle right underneath the eyeballs you just created.
- Again, take the toothpick, one last time. and dip it into the red paint. Then trace it right along the ridge and down the side of the orange triangle that you just created to complete your Turkeys’ gobbler!
- Allow your Turkey’s face to dry completely.
- Take your Black Sharpie Marker and write a message of gratitude above and below your Turkey.
- Preheat your conventional oven and bake your plate at 350-345 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. Turn off your oven and allow the plate to cool in the oven.
- Once the plate is completely cool take out and display somewhere for your family to enjoy, and your child to take pride in their art work and remember that our greatest blessings are those things in life that God has blessed us with where no monetary value could ever place their worth; our relationships and those memories we make with those we love.
Much love & prayer,
Matt & Blair
A couple weeks ago, for our big arts and craft project for the month of October, baby L and I made a sweet Halloween Candy Bowl for her family to pass out treats to all the neighborhood children during her first Halloween, in the hopes that this item would become a long standing cherished piece of functional children’s artwork in their family. Even though it was a bit time consuming, the project as a whole was rather easy and turned out really well! Therefore I thought we would share it here to inspire others in getting their creative juices flowing this holiday season!
- Ceramic Bowl of your choice – we found ours at Target but they can be purchased in practically any retail store, including dollar tree!
- Paint Brushes
- Black and Orange Permanent Marker
- Orange, Yellow, Black and White Acrylic Paint
- Conventional Oven
- Clean bowl with soap and water, then dry with paper towel
- Squirt Paint onto a plate making sure to leave enough room between colors so they do not mix.
- Take paint brush and dip into black paint, then paint a circle large enough to place babies foot prints in. Make sure to fill in the circle with the black paint and allow to dry before continuing. To speed up the drying process you can use a hairdryer to dry the paint.
- After you have done this write the words “Trick Or Treat” above the circle and “Smell My Feet” below it with the Black and Orange permanent markers. Allow this to dry.
- Next take paint brush and dip into the yellow paint, then paint the top of babies foot.
- Then take another paint brush and dip it into the Orange paint and paint the middle of your babies foot.
- Again, take another paint brush and dip it into the White paint and paint the bottom of your little ones foot. This will complete your Candy Corn design.
- Now take the painted foot and place it in the middle of the black circle that you painted and allowed to dry earlier. Make sure to completely wipe off your child’s foot after you have finished making the print. This will cut down on clean up and extra messiness in the long run.
- Repeat steps 5-8 on your child’s opposite foot.
- Allow design to dry completely.
- While it is drying take a clean footsie and paint it in one of the solid colors. Then place it on the outside of the bowl. Clean the foot and repeat this step with another color to make a design on the outside of the bowl. We decided to just do three foot prints equally spaced apart and then write the sayings “Trick or Treat” “Smell my Feet” and the families last name in the center/between the designated spaces of each foot print
- Preheat the oven t0 350 degrees.
- After you have completed your design and the dish looks exactly how you want it to place the dish in the heated oven for 30 minutes. Once the time is up turn the oven off and allow the dish to sit in the oven while it cools. This helps to seal the marker onto the ceramic material better.
- Lastly place your families favorite wrapped Halloween candy in the bowl to pass out on Halloween or Trick or Trunk night and relish the idea of having a special keepsake of your babies childhood for generations to come!
A side note on this project, I personally would not test the strength of the materials by washing them, especially the paint. This is a decorative piece and for safety purposes should be used accordingly. Like I mentioned above the only items I would feel comfortable putting in this bowl is wrapped candy or other items of the like.
We hope this inspires you and your little ones inner artist and helps to get your whole family in touch with their creative side as well as make a lasting childhood memory.
Much love & prayer,
Matt & Blair