Holiday decorations are always a highlight of the season. If you are looking for a quick, easy, memorable, and adorable Halloween craft for your toddler or baby – look no further. This is one of the easiest crafts you can do and can use for years to come.
I made this craft with my 6 month old nephew for my little sister’s Halloween gift. Always remember that parents constantly make unique gifts with their baby’s feet or hands, and once in a while it is good for them to get one too!
Here are the required materials for this awesome arts and crafts project!
- 8 x 11 Small Canvas – White or Black (If you have a white canvas you will need to pick a color to paint it so your ghost foot will be seen)
- Paint – White and Black Required – Orange, Yellow, Glitter, and a color of your choice are optional
- Small Ribbon & Glue (If you would like to hang your masterpiece)
- Your little one’s charming little foot
- A paper plate or napkin
Step 1 – Preparing Your Canvas
Prepare your canvas. It is your choice if you would like to keep it black or if you have a plain white canvas what color you would like to paint it. I just so happened to have a purple canvas already painted (yes, I have multiple canvas all over my house for when the time hits – ha).
If you have a white canvas, paint the entire front a solid color. Set aside and let the canvas dry before moving on to your next step.
Step 2 – Adding Your Loved One’s Touch
Now you need the help of your toddler. This might tickle a little so prepare them. Place the dry canvas on the ground so it will be easy for them to step on. I would suggest to also have an empty paper plate or napkin next to your canvas so you do not get paint on your floor.
Paint the bottom of their foot white. Help guide them to step lightly on the top left hand corner of your painting. (The placement of their foot in the top left hand corner makes everything easier for them. You will now only have to rotate the canvas to show the footprint upside down in the bottom right hand corner.)
Once they have done this, pick up their foot and clean off the paint. They are now done.
Step 3 – Adding Decoration
Now it is your turn to add in all your decorations till your heart is content. Rotate your canvas so your footprint ghost is in the bottom right hand corner. With white paint, write the saying “Mommy’s Little Boo”, or any other sayings which you would like. This is a craft where you could make this for any family member if you would like, just change out Mommy to Daddy, Auntie, Grandma, Grandpa, etc.
Let your saying dry for a few minutes to make sure you do not smudge the words. First step is to complete your ghost. All you need to add is two oval, black eyes towards the heel of the foot. If you would like you can add a bow-tie, as I did, or even an adorable little bow for a girl ghost. The options are all yours!!
You can add as many or as little Halloween decorations as you would like. I chose to add a mummy in the O of Mommy, a candy corn for the dot in the I, a witches hat on the E, as well as a spider web and a spider. This is where you let your creativity run wild and HAVE FUN!!!
Step 4 – Hanging Your Art (Optional)
If you would like to hang your art, simply cut a piece of ribbon to your desired length (I used 10 inches). Once your art is dry, turn it over. Glue or tape each end of your ribbon to form a loop where you can now hang your painting.
I hope you found this Halloween craft to be tons of fun and a memory you can keep for years to come!