Everybody has someone in their family that is ridiculously hard to buy for. Maybe they already have everything you can think of or maybe they are just those people who really don’t want anything. Yes…believe it or not, they do exist. My mom is the perfect example. She lives very simply, doesn’t wear much jewelry, and I NEVER know what to get her.
So what do you get these people for Christmas? You get them something that money can’t buy. And since the grandkids are the absolute most important thing in most grandparents’ worlds, getting them involved makes it even better.
So this year, after looking at Pinterest a few hundred times, we decided to make our “Mistletoes” work of art for both grandmothers, and they both loved them. They are so cute, and what is better than being able to compare the little feet for years to come? I know one of my favorite things about decorating the tree is always getting out the little handprint ornaments from years past and “awww”ing over them .
Getting 4 kids to cooperate with feet painting can be a feat (see what I did there??) in itself, but we pulled it off. Even though baby wasn’t very happy about having her feet painted green, she loved playing in the sink afterwards.
Sometimes the best gifts are those that cannot be bought. The best gifts are those that come from the heart. The ones that are made with love and thoughtfulness. The memories made with and for the ones that we love are truly the best Christmas gifts.
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” The Grinch
How We Made It:
I think the picture pretty much speaks for itself. It’s kind of self explanatory. We used regular acrylic paints from Walmart. I just painted the kids’ feet green with a cheap large paintbrush and placed them on the canvas (16 x 20) trying not to smear. I let the green dry and then used red to make the bows and metallic gold to spell out the letters. I put them in order from oldest to youngest, but I also painted each child’s first initial on their footprint. I definitely recommend having another set of hands available for kids 3 and under LOL.
Christmas is so much fun with kids (although crazy and chaotic)! It changes your perspective so much and makes you realize what truly is important.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!