Posts Tagged ‘footprints’

{Boy Room Decor, part 1} – Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

January 27th, 2012

We live in a three bedroom rambler, which means limited bedroom space. Neither my husband nor I were willing to give up the bedroom we had turned into a study so each boy could have his own bedroom. Since our home was built in the awesome 70s, the bedrooms are a decent enough size to […]

 

We live in a three bedroom rambler, which means limited bedroom space. Neither my husband nor I were willing to give up the bedroom we had turned into a study so each boy could have his own bedroom. Since our home was built in the awesome 70s, the bedrooms are a decent enough size to have the boys share. To maximize floor/playspace, we have them in a bunk bed, and gave them some leeway in room decor. When they are teenagers, this free reign in room decorating may come back to bite me on the behind, but for now, both boys love their room, and are extremely happy to spend time in it both individually and as playmates. Parts of the works in progress include painting the room something else other than gender neutral teal, making a matching alien spaceship for the bottom bunk, and maybe even investing in real furniture. Baby steps though, right now! Baby boy decorating steps, that is. 🙂

 

The boys have a bunk bed, and we made this awesome rocket ship to enclose my oldest in the top bunk. (he is a big mover in his sleep, and already fell out before we put it up). Big kudos and credit go to my husband who designed the layout and painted the rocketship.

 

The door to their room needed to be either replaced or refinished or…something. It was peeling. There were scuff marks. So, we did a painting project. First, we painted little boy feet. For any of you out there, I would suggest if you do this with a three year old, make sure a parent HOLDS THEIR FEET APART, or you may get streak pink/green feet like we did.

Next, we let them walk with their painted feet on the door.

 

Then, we painted their hands.

 

And voila, we have an easily decorated and fun boy’ room door. I dated it for prosterity at the top.

I also put names by each set of hand and foot prints. I admit, I got a little sniffly seeing how close in size my boys’ hands and foot prints are these days. They are growing up so quickly, I thought it was a nice reminder of how little they are now.

 

And there you have it, what two boys, some paint, and a little creativity can do to decorate a room. In boy decor, part 2, I’ll showcase how we made an art wall to hang up the gazillion pieces of preschool and elementary school artwork that they come home with, that doesn’t involve the recycling center.

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{Penguin Footprints} – Seattle Area Child Photographer

December 8th, 2011

Back before I had kids, I use to waste my time online looking at celebrity gossip sites and entertainment news sites. Nowadays, I get sucked into crafting sites such as Pinterest and Craftgawker. I particularly love Pinterest because I’m able to organize everything I find online into great boards such as “kid crafts”, “photography”, or […]

 

Back before I had kids, I use to waste my time online looking at celebrity gossip sites and entertainment news sites. Nowadays, I get sucked into crafting sites such as Pinterest and Craftgawker. I particularly love Pinterest because I’m able to organize everything I find online into great boards such as “kid crafts”, “photography”, or just simple “things I like”. I found this great tutorial on making a penguin footprint picture. It was so fantastically simple, I had to try it out with my boys!

 

First, you take some children. I have these two on hand all the time. 

Then, you strip them down to their toesies. I actually had the boys do this in their underwear and had my husband directly deposit them in bath afterwards, to make clean up easier.

Then, you paint their feet black.  I did it using it a paint brush on their feet.  I used acrylic paint, as we were going to be stepping onto canvas instead of just paper. For easier clean up, I highly recommend using washable tempara paint

Then I had them step onto the canvas. My canvas was sized 11″x14″. I did it one foot at a time, having them hold onto a chair. I then pressed their toes and feet down to get a good impression. Then have it dry overnight.

Once dry, paint on black wings, a white belly, an orange beak, and some googly eyes for fun. Aren’t they adorable? For more fun, you can also paint their toes orange to make orange feet, but we were not that ambitious.

 

Here’s our finished product! The snowflakes were popsicle stick snowflakes we had made earlier this week which I thought made a nice background. The ones on your left are my youngest son’s footprints. The ones on the right (with the bigger googly eyes) are made by my older son, who is the one doing the hammy smile in the background.

 

I hope you guys can make penguin footprint art with your kids too! Happy crafting!