If you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween Craft to do with the kids this year, this is it! It’s easy and looks great, and you’ll be able to display it for years to come. I chose to make two canvas prints, a spider with a web and a ghost family. Here’s how!
You will need:
A canvas or two
Paintbrushes (I used a fat and skinny brush, plus the black foam one)
Step 1: Paint your canvas(es)
Use the foam brush to cover the entire canvas, even the sides, and let it dry. Black may need more than one coat to fully cover
Step 2: Paint the spider web
I painted the web next because I wanted it to be there before I added the hand spider, to make sure it went in the correct place and that I had enough room.
I made the base of the web like this and then I connected the strands inside the web and made a small strand hang down on the left hand side for the spider, and let them dry.
Step 3: Add in your child’s hand and footprints
For the spider, I used my 3 year old’s hands. It works best to paint the entire hand minus the thumb, and put two handprints together in opposite directions. I actually let her paint her own hand and then just wiped off the paint on her thumb with a wipe before pressing it down to make the spider.
For the footprint ghosts, I used both my 1 year old and 3 year old’s footprints to make a little ghost family (just like our family of 4!)
I had the brilliant idea to do my little guy’s feet when he was in the high chair and I highly recommend this if you’re doing a baby or even toddler’s feet! I did a tester on a scrap piece of paper and had wipes and paper towels handy and it worked out very well.
Step 4: Add lettering and other details
I traced letter magnets from my fridge in pencil for the BOO, and then filled them in with orange paint using a small paintbrush. I added eyes for the ghosts and spider with the sponge brush. I was going to add writing to the spider print but decided against it. In hindsight I probably should have made the web bigger or the spider further down, but I still like it as is.
Here are the finished products!
The kids and I love them, and they look great on our Halloween-themed mantel too!
This craft would work great with regular paint on construction paper too, but I love that we can display these every year, and look back and see how much the kids’ hands and feet have grown!
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