Remember the Footprint Santa Penguin Plate we made a few years ago? I wanted to make a Christmas plate with Baby Sister to place next to my son's. Baby feet are so darn cute! I ended up making the sweetest footprint mistletoe decorative plate keepsake with her. Read on to see how you can make one too!
How to make the Footprint Mistletoe Decorative Plate Keepsake
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- Enamel Paints
- Plate - I purchased mine from the dollar store.
- Paintbrushes - At least one with a very thin brush tip and a bigger one for painting the feet.
- Plate Stand (optional)
See also: Handprint Christmas Tree Art
1. Paint 1 foot green and press down with the heel in the center of the plate and the toes going out on a slight angle. Repeat with the other foot. It will end up looking like an upside-down "V." If you are not happy with how it looks, quickly wipe it off before it dries and start over.
2. After it is completely dry, press the thumb into red paint and press at the very top of where the footprints meet. Repeat as many times as you want.
3. Draw a darker green squiggly line around the footprint mistletoe.
4. Paint on tiny squares come off of the squiggly line in various places where you want the Christmas lights to be.
5. Using one color, press the child's fingertip into a paint color and then press onto the plate where you made the tiny squares. I started with red paint and placed her fingerprint in every 3rd spot. I let the paint completely dry before doing a 2nd color and so on. If you are doing this with an older child than my daughter (almost 1 yr old), you probably wouldn't have to wait in between colors.
Baby Sister loved the fingerprint painting! She kept helping me dip her finger into the paint and loved seeing it when I lifted her finger up when making each print.
6. I let it dry and the next day I went with black paint and wrote "Mistletoes" and the year.
See all our Christmas Handprint Crafts here!
If you liked this footprint mistletoes plate keepsake, you might like these diy Christmas plate keepsakes.
Awww! I wish I would have seen this sooner! I was looking all over for a fun foot or hand print holiday craft for my son and this would have been perfect! I hope I can squeeze in some time to try it!
maggy, red ted art says
Simply gorgeous!! Thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty. Maggy
Oh my goodness that is soooo cute! Love it! Thank you for sharing your idea.
That is so adorable! I love this! I';d love for you to link your post up at my Friday Favorites party. This week is a special Holly Bloggy Christmas edition!
Cute idea! Pinning this. 🙂
This is VERY cute!! I would love for you to come link up at my TGIF LInky Party - I know my readers would love to see!! Merry Christmas, Beth =-)
Just posted on Craft Gossip!! Love the mistletoe idea 🙂 Merry Christmas!
This is too cute!!! Stopping by from the Sunday Showcase. ~MiaB
Thanks everyone! - Amanda
Sierra @ H is for Homeschooling says
I love it! I pinned it for next year. I am all crafted out at the moment 🙂
So cute I am going to use this in my classroom next year!!
Kristin Reese says
I've seen the posts/ideas on Pinterest for plates decorated with sharpie and baked to make the art permanent. Can you do the same with this craft to set the paint and make the plate useable and not just a decoration? Thanks!
I am not sure if that would make it usable - sorry 🙁 Would be a great idea though if it did!!!
Hi! I love this cute little plate and was thinking about giving one each to the grands this year. Should I apply a sealant or bake the plates just to ensure that they will hold up through the years? They will only be on display I was just thinking about them taking them up and down each year! Thanks for the wonderful idea!
Hi Ashley! I have found that using Enamel Paints and letting air dry seems to hold up well enough, but you could always bake it for the amount of time recommended in the instructions on the back of the bottle - I personally haven't found it to make a difference. If you use something like Acrylic Paints, then I would definitely use a clear sealant spray after it dries to help protect it from scratching off.
This is a vey cute idea. I wanted to try it with the infants I work with. Doesn't the enamel paint stain the skin? Am I better off using acrylic paint? I was also wondering if I can use a plastic plate?
Is this just a regular plate you eat off of or do I need some special plate?? I'm so excited to try this!!!
I did this today with my grandson who is going to be turning one right after Christmas. I used finger paint on a Corelle dinner plate. Is there anything I can use to seal it with. Already had it done, did not think about using any other kind of paint. Please let me know because it will be a gift Christmas Eve. Than you so much.
@Anonymous - I haven't found that it stained the skin. Yes, you could use a plastic plate 🙂
@Anonymous.... Yes, you can use any kind of plate - I buy mine a the dollar store 🙂 With that being said, it is for decorative purposes only and not safe for eating off of.
@Anonymous - I have used a clear sealant spray in the past to seal crafts (use outside). Your best bet would be to go to a craft store like Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc. and ask someone.
Do you know if these are safe to eat off of after painting them??
Does this have to be baked to become washable?