All that to say, if you are a sentimental Mamma, that is all the skill set you need.
Naturally, this all began with Pinterest. I was inspired by discovering a recipe for safe,homemade finger paint while trying to find sensory activities for my 9 month old. From there, I decided to make a canvas painting. Then, I thought to add the words of my son’s favorite song. I went to Hobby Lobby and fortunately found all of my main components to be 50% off. Score.
- Finger paint
- Scrapbooking Letters
- Dropcloth (in my case, plastic tablecloth)
- Baby wipes and paper towels
What you do:
- Make baby paint.
- Putt scrapbook letters on the canvas in whatever phrase you want on the canvas. Get creative…baby’s name, favorite song, nursery rhyme, or Bible verse.
- Lay out project on a dropcloth. We opted for outside. First, it is easier to be messy. Second, better lighting=better pictures of baby painting for the first time.
- Plop paint on the canvas and brace yourself.
- Be flexible. Sure, my son got grass all over the canvas. But I decided I liked it better. It’s part of the memory.
- Allow to dry. This could take longer than normal paint.
- Peel off scrapbook letters, if you prefer.
- Mount the masterpiece in your home. Bonus idea: hang pictures of your baby painting around the masterpiece.
This was such a special project, and it cost less than $10. Did it come out Pinterest perfect? No, but it is now the most valuable, cherished piece of art in our home. My husband, mom, and I could not stop laughing as we watched my son explore this new endeavor.