This craft was inspired by Diary of a Working Mom here.
I started with a rounded wood plaque, measured to fit with the size of my eldest son’s big foot. Luckily, he was there in the craft store, so I only had to make the one trip. I also picked up black matte spray paint and white acrylic glossy paint (for the “ghosts”). I already had plenty of Halloween ribbon to chose from, though I didn’t end up using any of them.
First, spray paint your chosen plaque with black spray paint. Then off to testing while it drys.
I tested my technique on some extra card stock I had. I recommend this especially with smaller children who want to stick their feet wherever. The first attempt I made was having my eldest step in a puddle of paint, then stepping down (with my guidance). Not the way to go, just so you know. We had a little mishap when he stepped on the plaque (he stepped in the wrong place), so I had to wipe it down and spray it with black paint again.
The second go-around went much smoother (and was much more ticklish!). I went with painting the bottom of their feet with the white paint; they were cooperative in my guiding their feet to the correct position. I pressed their feet down onto the plaque to get good cover, although I should have rolled in on the arch to make the ghost more cohesive.
After the ghosts were dry, I used orange paint to free-hand Halloween and the year (just in case we forget 😉 ) and, since I didn’t have any black paint (other than the spray paint), I sprayed the paint onto card stock and painted the eyes while the paint was still wet.
I also used the black paint to put my kids’ first initial on it, so everyone knows how BIG their feet are! Bigfoot? Yeah… he can wear my shoes and I wear a 9 in womens. He’s 10.
As for what I used to hang it, I was bored one night; I hadn’t figured out which ribbon would be best for the plaque. I needed something to do with my hands, so I started braiding the black, gray and orange yarns I had from my yarn wreaths… 6 feet of it. I merely folded it into 3 equal parts and hot glued the ends symmetrically on the back. It’s holding up really well!
That’s it! It’s a great memento and everyone had fun working on a project with Mommy.