If ever there was a festive holiday craft for an Irish mother with three children to make for Saint Patrick’s Day, this Shamrock Footprints craft is it. I could even have another baby eventually and recreate this by making a four leaf clover. I suppose I could have done a four leaf clover this time by doubling one of the boys’ footprints, but that would not have been fair to the other two. Three leaf clover it is.
You would think as often as we do hand and foot print crafts that the boys would have their act together but something about this one craft made them all smear the foot prints. Canvas isn’t free, and I was not about to throw this one away because Jacob and Keith have imperfect paint prints of their feet. One day I will look back on this and hopefully remember the endless energy they possess that made them incapable of sitting still enough to get a foot print one March day.
As usual with my canvas crafts (and most other crafts I do involving the boys) this one used stretched canvas and green acrylic paint. I sat the big two on the washer in the basement to easily rinse off their feet in the utility sink, and the baby sat in his high chair to get his foot prints. In the high chair he cannot reach his painted feet to make a mess, and I can wipe him clean after we create art. I painted the feet and had them sit as still as I could get them to sit, then pressed the canvas to their feet to make the paint marks. I used a foam paint brush to do the stem and a Sharpie to add the date.