Our oldest son was 6 months old for his first Christmas. Jim and I were living in Florida and we were trying to be "creative" with our Christmas gifts to our parents. I was racking my brain one day about what to buy them when the idea came to me to paint his hands and feet to make a reindeer. I bought two canvases, painted a red border to make it look like a frame, and then put his handprints/footprints in the middle. The grandmothers loved it and a new tradition was born!
I would paint his hands and feet for the next six years and give them to his grandmothers. We made reindeer, Santas, angels and Christmas trees over the years. We soon added our niece, nephew and our second and third sons to the collection. I would also make one for myself and my sister-in-law. I wish I had a picture of the very first one so you could see how they have evolved over the years. I love displaying them each Christmas and the boys like seeing how much their hands and feet have grown.
I have painted them for many friends and have enjoyed creating these keepsakes for their families.
Below you will see my latest collection. I was inspired by a plate that I saw on Pinterest. This is my version on an 11"x14" canvas. I created the garland border with four shades of green and then added white highlights at the end.
I then added the red berries. I love how they pop against the blue.
Isn't this the cutest little foot that you have ever seen? I love baby toes!
Here is an example without the angels. I love how this turned out!
Here are some examples of what I have done with my boys over the years. Every year I display them somewhere different. One year I hung them on my cabinet doors. Another year, I had them hanging on the staircase wall.
This is a very easy project for anyone to do, and your children will love creating it with you. It would be cute with just a solid color background. I am sure you could use scrapbook paper somehow to make it even more interesting.
I hope this give you some inspiration. If you decide to give it a try, please send me a picture! I would love to see what you come up with!
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Our Southern Nest