I don’t know about you but I enjoy having a good old browse of Pinterest and pinning lots of lovely ideas onto my Keeping The Little People Busy board – that’s not to say I necessarily get round to doing most of them!

So this week during a little pinning session I spotted this fantastic idea of making footprint butterflies and decided we were absolutely going to do that this weekend while we were all at home.

Now there are no instructions with the original post but it’s pretty self explanatory really.

Preparing our tools!

Initially I thought it would be a good idea to use finger paints as they are thicker but we had a couple of problems with that – the first being that actually our finger paints are quite old and have dried up a bit (something to add to the shopping list there), they are also too thick for the job and after giving it a go the prints weren’t as bright as we would have liked:

Getting started – white card, a sponger roller and ELC finger paints

We decided to have a go with our poster paints instead, using an oven dish meant we were able to use the paint roller easily:

Tesco Go Create poster paints

We used the roller to spread the paint on the soles of Ben and Chloe’s feet (one child at a time!!) and then Daddy lifted them up so that I could press their feet down on the paper in turn.

Ben had a go at rollering his own feet but it ended
up being easier for Mummy to do it.

You will notice from the pictures that you need to put their feet down the wrong way round if that makes sense.  This would have been a considerably harder (and messier) activity if we hadn’t been doing it with Daddy’s help.

Ben and Chloe really enjoyed the sensation of the paint on their feet and were excited to see the prints that their feet had left.  I’ve added the butterfly details with a fine black pen and we’re really pleased with the final results!

Mummy named them “Footerflies” 🙂

They have now been proudly displayed in the “Kitchen Gallery” which is more than a little in need of updating!

So back off to Pinterest to see what we can make next week I think!


  1. katefever
    August 10, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    These look great – definitely going to try this too 🙂

    • August 10, 2013 / 2:00 pm

      It was great fun – I definitely recommend an extra pair of hands though! They both loved it and are really proud of their work!

  2. October 18, 2013 / 1:07 am

    I would have loved this as a kid.

  3. April 28, 2014 / 10:10 am

    These look soo good 🙂 Can't wait to give them a go with my girls x

  4. Kelly Donald-Pattullo
    May 6, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    Oh wow I love these, I can make mini ones with Dex hehe cutie!

  5. Anonymous
    June 2, 2014 / 6:25 pm

    What a lovely idea. The pictures are really pretty, personal and sentimental.

    Rachel Craig

  6. June 24, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    Too cute! I love this idea… I see the need for a couple of adults for this one though… Or big mop up of the whole downstairs afterwards 😉

  7. August 1, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    That looks like fun for my boys. The youngest is only a couple months old, but I think it would be a nice reminder of how tiny he used to be! My two year old will love it though!

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