Thursday, March 13, 2014

Baby Clover Art

 I've been doing hand print clover art for the last 10 years with my students and this was the first year for me to do a clover art project with my baby girl!!  She was pretty excited about it and we had a lot of fun doing this project together.

 You'll need: a well rested, happy baby in her diaper
sponge brush
small paint brush
green paint
gold glitter
paper towels

 It was a whole family affair :)

 I started with Olive's feet because I figured they'd be the easiest to work with.  I gave her a paintbrush of her own to munch on and put her in the bumbo seat.  Paint her foot and then stamp.  It will need a fresh coat of paint for each of the four footprints.
Warning: Move your canvas away from baby ASAP after you've finished stamping her foot because her little green foot is liable to start stamping on its own.  We ended up with an extra foot stamp by Olive on the left side :)  Guess that means she was getting into the project...

 Ready for you to stamp my hand Mom!

I did a four leaf clover hand and foot print and then painted a stem.
Let it dry completely for a couple of hours.

Use a circle stamp in the green paint to do polka-dots all over the background.  
I used a marker cap for my circle stamp.  
Sprinkle glitter on top of wet paint and let dry for at least 30 minutes.
 Tap off glitter into the trash can.
 Turn the marker cap over and stamp a hollow circle of green paint around the canvas.
Sprinkle with glitter, let dry and tap off glitter again.

The baby won't need to help with this process so I put Olive in her high chair for a little snack.  She was full of silliness and was happy to watch me work as long as I talked to her.

Up close look:

 The finished product is pretty dang cute :)
I wrote the year and Olive's 1st St. Patrick's Day on the back in gold Sharpie.
We put it on display for this month 
and I'm sure it'll be a favorite decoration to pull out for many years to come.


  1. Good job to you both! I love how full of smiles she is!!

  2. Hi new follower, so cute! I think we will be trying this one over the weekend!

  3. Oh my goodness this is so such a neat idea. Olive is an adorable little helper!

  4. Holy smokes, this is like the cutest thing I've ever seen. I'm so doing this with the kids during homeschool. Thanks for the idea. XOXO

  5. this is so cute! i have a 9-month old baby girl, too. wonder if my toddler would be into it...

  6. So cute! You could do one every year to mark how she grows! My two-year old isn't a fan of paint on his hands, maybe next year...

  7. Stinkin' cute! I'm going to pass this on to my sister-in-law. Her and my brother have twin three-year olds and an 18 month old

  8. That is the sweetest thing ever! When I have a baby I totally doing this! Thank you so much for sharing!


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