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At our house my wife is a sucker for anything homemade by our kids. If our son takes on the endeavor to pick up rocks, leaves, acorns, flowers, seashells, or anything really for that matter, if he picks it and then gives it to my wife, that very ordinary rock becomes special. It's a guarantee she is keeping the special whatever it is and will find a little place for it to be on "display" somewhere in the house. 

Halloween costumes, crafts, candies, and decor displays line the walls of stores reminding us the Halloween spirit is in full swing. Since mom always loves those special homemade crafts, it is great to let the kids create a little homemade something special of their own for "display" in the house to add to the Halloween spirit. Using acrylic paints, you will make your child’s foot prints on a canvas look spook-tacular.

 Years down the road when the canvas has seen more Halloweens than you can remember, this “batty” canvas will remind you of your child’s precious “littler” moments. Big or little, here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ, we remind you to be safe when out this Halloween and hope this year’s Trick or Treat, Paint My Feet is a success!

Supplies:

Black, white, and orange Acrylic Paint.

Canvas: 9x12 inch white canvas if you want to go all out, or a white piece of paper will work fine too (if it turns out you really like your craft and you had chosen the white piece of paper option, you can always cut it out and put it in a picture frame). 

Black Sharpie

Small and Medium round Paint Brushes

Instructions:

  1. Get your paints out and squeeze paint onto a paper plate (nickel to quarter size for each.)
  2. Have your child sit on a surface where you can paint their feet. Accessible to somewhere you can rinse their feet are always a perk. The wife is always happy if you do well on clean up.
  3. Paint your child’s feet and then press the canvas onto each foot forming the child’s desired shape. Be sure to wiggle and press each toe onto the canvas so nothing is missed. If you feel you need to do a practice run on a plain sheet of paper first, go ahead and give it a go so you get the hang of it.  Be thoughtful for foot placement to allow room for wings to be later added to the craft.
  4. Set the canvas somewhere safe and go and wash your kid’s feet. You can do partial clean up at this point while you wait for the paint to dry.
  5. After the paint on the canvas has dried, you can move to part two of the project. Time to create the bat ears, eyes, wings and fangs. Complete the feet design as pictured. Drawing lightly with a pencil first is a good policy to allow for redo’s. Include highlights around wings by using white and the small paint brush.  Add “Trick or Treat” to the canvas.
  6. Finalize the craft by writing your child’s name or initials, year, and age on the front or back of canvas.

By Varun Gujral