The last room of the house when we bought it to get a “theme” decided was the small boys’ bedroom. We did not know until Michael arrived whether he would be a he or she, so even who got which room was in the air. Once he was a he, we put the two smaller boys in their own room and gave Keith his room. I was going between a few themes, and finally construction won out. There were toddler sets involving Elmo I knew Jacob would like, although he did end up choosing a regular consturction blanket for his bed. The baby has matching bed set as well, even if he never sleeps in his crib and it is sitting in our master bedroom unused. It was the thought that counted. All that was missing was this construction site footprints wall art.
Footprint crafts are my favorite. It is always so much easier to get a footprint from the baby than a handprint. The handprint clean up for the big kids is easier (just send them to the sink to wash up) than the footprint clean up (stand them in the tub or utility sink) but a slightly more difficult clean up is a small price to pay to avoid wrestling a baby with a painted hand. I can sit Michael in the highchair to get the footprint and keep the mess contained, but a painted baby hand always makes a mess here.
I made three vehicles, one for each boy. There are other construction/prefessional vehicles (cop cars, diggers, etc.) if you have more children, or if you want to make more footprints. I stopped at 3 to be even, but if I only used the smaller 2 boys’ footprints I probably would have done 4 different cars, 2 each.
I love that this craft took such little work, yet turned out to look harder than it was. I painted each boy’s foot a different color using acrylic craft paint then pressed it onto canvas. Once the paint had dried fully (about an hour) I used Sharpie markers to complete the transition from foot to car by adding wheels, ladders, windows and other little details. I googled each truck to get an idea of what it looked like to make the details authentic as they could be for a footprint, and we all love the custom wall art for the small boys’ room!!