Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

I think I speak for most mamas out there when I say that handmade gifts are always such a special treat! With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day right around the corner, I thought mini finger paint masterpieces would be the perfect way to show mom and dad how much they mean to their little ones. Plus, it’s another way to freeze time and keep their little hand and footprints forever, because we know how fast the years go right?!

Since the weather has been SO beautiful lately, I thought it would be a great idea to get the kiddos outside for a hands-on craft involving a little bit of washable paint and a whole lot of fun! It doesn’t hurt that you can hose down the aftermath in case things get a little messy either! We created little handprint flowers and footprint hearts… Don’t be afraid to get a little wild and creative. Below I’m gonna show you how I used Camden, Brooklyn, and Phoenix’s hands and feet to create keepsake canvases that Nick and I will cherish forever. Keep scrolling to see how you can recreate them with your babies…

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • washable paint
  • large paintbrush
  • small paintbrush
  • two canvases
  • black sharpie (or any color you like)

Here’s how to create your own Mother’s Day inspired masterpieces:

To start, I had Cam and Brooklyn pick out which colors they wanted to paint their hands and feet. I’m not even surprised that Brooklyn immediately grabbed pink and purple while Cam requested his own custom rainbow! I decided that I wanted to create a hand and footprint garden for my Mother’s Day inspired craft. Here’s how it all came together…

1. Brooklyn was up first, and I painted her sweet little hands with a large paintbrush and bright pink washable paint.

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

2. Next, I gently pressed her hand onto the canvas to create a perfect print.

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

3. Cam Cam was so excited when it was finally his turn! He was pretty fascinated when I was painting his little fingers and I look like I am concentrating so hard! Haha!

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

4. Just like Brooklyn’s, I pressed Cam’s hand onto the canvas to create his handprint, too.

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

5. Phoenix added the finishing touch with his tiny feet! They reminded me of tulips!  I used a small paintbrush to create stems and grass under the hand and footprint flowers.

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

6. To polish off the canvas, I wrote a Mother’s Day message in Sharpie to commemorate the year and their ages.

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Whether you’re crafting with your own kids on Mother’s Day or helping little ones show their mamas some love, this craft will definitely be a hit! I know I can’t wait to hang this canvas in our home! Next let’s create a little something for dad… 

Here’s how to create your own Father’s Day masterpiece:

Since I wanted to create a different image for our Father’s Day craft, I decided on a heart painting made by layering each kiddo’s foot on top of the other. This was the PERFECT time since we had the paints out and we were in crafting mode! I was thinking ahead, rare but proud moment! Haha! I love how Brooklyn’s feet fit inside Cam’s and Phoenix’s feet fit inside Brooklyn’s! I know that it definitely won’t be that way forever! Here’s how I created our next project…

1. I used a large paintbrush and tried not to tickle Cam’s toes while painting the bottoms of his feet! Once again, he requested his own mix of fun colors—light blue, green, and orange to be exact!

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

2. I then pressed his feet to the canvas one at a time to create a heart.

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

3. Once Cam’s footprints were dry enough, I painted Brooklyn’s feet pink and purple per her request.

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

4. Just like Cam’s feet, I placed Brooklyn’s feet one at a time on top of Camden’s to create the layered heart look.

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

5. Next up was little brother! Once Brooklyn’s footprints were dry, I painted Phoenix’s tiny feet green.

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

6. I completed the heart trio by placing Phoenix’s feet on top of Brooklyn’s.

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

7. I wanted to write a special little note on this one for Nick so that he can hang it up in his office! And we even had a tiny spill accident on the canvas… so I made it into hearts. Just like one of our favorite books, “A Beautiful Oops!”

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Painted Handprint & Footprint Artwork

After the kids were done they ran around the yard painting the grass with their tiny feet! And it was easy to wash everything off with a hose (kids included! Haha) That’s why I think this is the perfect springtime activity. I know that Nick and I will be finding special places to hang up these canvases and I can’t wait to hear if you and your little ones will be recreating them for the upcoming holidays!

Will you be painting up a storm with your kiddos this Mother’s Day and Father’s Day?

Let me know if you do in the comments!

Xx,
Vanessa

Photos: Jessi Burrone for VanessaLachey.com
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