Monday, May 17, 2010

It's family craftime at the pig pen

Well it has been almost a week since I had a new post as I battled a chest cold last week that then moved into my head over the weekend.  Additionally, my boss spent 3 days with me last week so needless to say it was a little crazier than normal at this pig pen. 

I don't know how with a sick mom, 2 soccer games and a Sunday brunch with friends from church at our house, but we found time to do a family craft project over the weekend that I had been planning to do for awhile now.

We recently changed the paint and decor in our kids' bathroom.  We went from a color of red named Mickey Mouse's Pants to Botanical Tint and said goodbye to our Mickey Mouse decorations.  It was a tough decision as we love the Mouse at this house, but it had been 5 years and it was time for a change.

While decorating the new bathroom, I decided it would be fun to incorporate a piece of "art" by the kids.  With children from the ages of 1 to 7, I thought creating a painting with their handprints would be the easiest.  (Looking back now, easy is not a word I would use to describe the project, but it was worth it.)

The supply list was rather easy:  acrylic paints, sponge paintbrushes, paper plates, and a painting surface.  (We choose a canvas as our painting surface.)

We used our rug and shower curtain hooks for color inspiration. 

We used a sponge paint brush to apply the paint to their hands and feet as we soon learned that feet were going to be easier with Little Sissy.


We then just used the different colors to create a collage of their handprints and footprints and now have an original piece to hang in the bathroom.

It's not perfect, but neither is our pig pen that is exactly why I love it.


  1. That is sooo cute! Now, if you're willing to do it again, you have to do this stool!

    I can totally imagine it with the different colored footprints!

  2. Thanks Katie. I don't know if we will do it again because when I told my dear husband that I wanted to add one more handprint of Little Sissy's, he was less than amused.

  3. You are my hero. The bathroom looks so nice. I hope your little man doesn't pee all over that cute rug like my little man would!

  4. That is beautiful, and such a lovely keepsake! I love how you matched the colours up with the rug and curtain hooks!

    I'm going to follow your blog so I can see more of your great ideas!!


  5. This is adorable! well done.


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