I love Halloween.
Let me be more specific. I love certain aspects of Halloween.
I don’t love skeletons. Or zombies. Or blood. Or guts. Or demons. Or any such aspect of Halloween.
I do, however, love candy and pumpkins, caramel apples, and cutesy stuff.
So, when it comes to Halloween decor, I tend to go with a more “Fall” feel than Halloween per say.
There is this one exception, though…. and that’s Footprint Ghosts. I find them absolutely adorable, and I love watching how the kids’ feet grow from year to year.
Here was this year’s project:
Isn’t that adorable? Those are Gage, Carly, and Sawyer’s feet.
And here is Carly’s board from last year:
Want to make one yourself? It’s super easy, and you may already have everything on hand!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 11×14 (or 8×10) canvas board painted black
- White acrylic paint
- Black acrylic paint
- Orange puffy paint
- Paint brushes (one for painting baby’s feet, one for smaller detail)
- White ribbon (or lace – whatever your preference)
- Glue (I use E600, because I hang mine on my front door and want it to be weatherproof. You can also use hot glue.)
- Paint baby’s foot (or feet, depending on the size of your board and the size of your child’s foot) and make foot prints on the canvas board you’ve already painted black. Remember that the toes will be the bottom of the ghost, and place the footprints strategically on the board to make it look like the ghosts are “floating.” Allow to dry.
- Using the small detail brush, paint circles for the ghosts’ eyes and mouth. (If you look closely, you’ll see that I even added eyelashes to Carly’s ghost in last year’s project.) Let dry.
- Using the orange puffy paint, hand write the words “Trick or Treat” and “Smell my Feet.” Allow to dry.
- Now, all that’s left is how you’ll hang it. For last year’s project, (the 8×10 canvas), I simply used a piece of white satin ribbon approximately 6 inches long. Just glue the ribbon to the back of the board, and allow to dry. For this year’s project, I wanted something more. I glued strips of lace on each side of the board, and then used a long strip of lace (approximately 12 inches) to hang it. For both projects, I used E6000 glue, but you can also use hot glue if these will be displayed inside.
Once everything is dry, simply hang to display and enjoy!
I did make sure to write each child’s name and age on the back of the boards so that I can immediately remember the details from that year’s pictures.
If you make one, I’d love for you to share it!