Kids Craft – Footprint Truck Art

Finished canvas #1.

When my son finally transitioned from his crib to a full-size bed, we let him choose what theme he wanted for his big-boy room. Being the typical 3-year-old, he enthusiastically chose the construction truck bedding, and announced that he wanted his room to be all about trucks.

Challenge accepted!

I bought several canvases of different sizes that fit his room and used the pictures of trucks from his comforter to inspire our very own truck painting (using his feet and hands as the parts of the trucks).

He was eager to help me with the paintings, so much so that I had to “sacrifice” a canvas to let him just smear paint all over it (this masterpiece is hanging in his bathroom… he said it was a painting of a dinosaur). Letting him have his own creative space helped me convince him to do the rest of the paintings “my way.” Win!

I let him pick the trucks from the comforter that we would copy, and he first selected the cement mixer (an excellent choice!). I used a paint brush to carefully apply paint to his hand so that I could better control the amount of paint (you don’t want it to be too globby).

I held his wrist and guided his hand to the canvas, instructing him to keep his fingers together so he made the shape of the cement mixer’s back end. Then I removed the canvas from his reach! He really does love painting and he wanted to take globs of it to smear all over the canvas. Again, putting another paper in front of him while I finished the truck painting was essential. He was happy and so was I.

Here is the comforter my son picked out from Target. We used these colors and truck shapes to inspire our art.

Using the picture from the comforter as a guide, I carefully painted the rest of the truck. Once the paint dried, I used a marker to add in the smooth lines to further define the truck shape.

We used his foot for the front end loader, my foot for the dump truck, and his tiny forearm for the back of the tanker truck.

Two smaller canvases.

After all was said and done, I realized that our paintings needed backgrounds, so I carefully added in the blue sky, buildings, road, grass, and crane. I think the end result is fairly close to the original pictures, but the important thing is that when my son looks at the paintings on his wall, he remembers the fun we had that day and is proud that he made his own art.

Holiday Wreath Tutorial

Holiday Wreath

This wreath project takes about 20-25 minutes per wreath and cost only $15 in supplies.

Check out the video tutorial here.

Step 1: Gather supplies – I shopped at Michael’s craft store (with a coupon!) to get the best deal on the wreath supplies. Rather than using loose greenery, which can be hard to attach to a wreath form, I chose a long garland that wrapped around my 12 inch wreath form twice, filling it in nicely. Since I wanted to add a festive holiday look, I chose a sprig of cranberries and red ribbon to decorate the wreath. The ribbon will attach to the inside of the cabinet door in my kitchen with a Command hook.

Here’s what you need:
1. garland
2. ribbon
3. wreath form
4. floral wire
5. wire cutters
6. embellishments (berries) 7. Command hook (not pictured)
step 1
Start by using the wire to attach the garland end to the wreath form. Continue attaching the garland around the wreath until it is all secure.

Step 2: Attach the garland to the wreath form, using the floral wire.

Step 3: Attach the ribbon by wrapping it around the wreath.

Step 4: Attach the decorations (berries) to the wreath.

Step 5: Hang with the ribbon attached to a Command hook on the inside of the cabinet door.

corner wreath
The finished wreath in the corner
Whole kitchen
The finished project