Thursday, November 4, 2010

Super Cute Grandparent Gift - Kids feet and hands Christmas Rug

YEAH! My first Christmas post...I can't tell you how excited I am.

Do any of you have problems at Christmas thinking of unique gifts for Grandparents from your kids?  I struggle every year with this. So I thought I would share my absolute favorite gift I have made with my kids for their grandparents.
I love using hand and foot prints for crafts as you can see how the kids have grown over the years, so that year I decided to use both hands and feet to make a small rug for the grandparents.
(The rug in the picture above was not 100% done, I put scarves on the snowmen and I wrote Merry Christmas on the top of some of them. I wasn't planning on posting them on a blog when I made them :) )

Small area rug with a low 'pile' texture
Permanent fabric paint in white, green, black and various accent colors
Painters tape
Children who will listen (the listening part is not mandatory :) )
I used a small mat with a low pile or texture to it. If the pile is too high, this won't work. You can find mats at Walmart for $3 (the one I used I got at Walmart for $15) or even go to a Carpet store to see if they sell the sample colors.
I taped the border of the rug with painters tape so I didn't have to worry about paint getting on the outer edge.
I painted both of my kids feet white with permanent fabric paint and then lifted them up and put both feet down at the same time on the rug to make the snowman. Your kids toes will be the bottom of the snowman and the heel is the head. Push down on the foot (not to hurt them) to make sure as much paint comes off as possible.

My son requested some of the snowmen do hand stands so some snowmen were upside down. Do you see how flat my son's feet are? You can see the arches in my daughter's snowmen but my son's look like little bricks :) So cute!

I did the same with their hands and green paint to make the trees.  
If the paint on the snowman or tree is a little light (i.e. not enough ends up on the rug), just dip your finger in the paint and dab it on the rug to darken the color)
I then add a little bit of extras (e.g. scarves, hats, arms, lights and star on the tree, etc.) to the rug.

The cost for this can be really low. If you get a mat for $3 and the paint is around $1 each color (it goes a long way) you can do both sets of grandparents for around $10!!

I gave these to grandparents, aunts and friends. My kids had a great time and I think the recipients love that these gifts come out once a year for a couple of months and then get packed away.

Let me know what you think.



  1. Love, love, LOVE this idea!! I plan to make one for both sets of grandparents for Christmas!! Thanks so much for sharing your idea.

  2. I love this and would love to have you link to my Christmas Gift party on my blog!

  3. Did you paint the scarves on the snowmen?

  4. Yep! I'm a Gramma and I'd love this! I still have a tote bag from his 1st mother's day with his handprints all over it - Grandma's Handbag.

    Would love you to stop by and link up to Passion for Paint this weekend.

  5. This is SUCH a cute idea!! Love it! We have three little ones and grandparents who live far away. This would be a PERFECT project for us! : )

  6. this is soooo beyond cute!
    Thank you!
    I'm your newest follower.

  7. Super cute idea. These snowmen are also super cute to make a painted holiday shirt for Grandmas! You do the same footprints in white fabric paint on a dark colored shirt.

  8. Excellent job mommy! I think there are several reasons this is great. Number one being that the children participated in making something and were part of making a gift. Number two, the gift is useful and finally this is adorably sweet.

  9. This is an AWESOME idea. I know my mom would love to receive one of these!!!

  10. I am sooo making these. Last year I talked myself into doing a completely handmade christmas but i was stumped, thanks

  11. What an adorable idea!!!

    I'd love to have you and your creative mats join my meme Seasonal Sundays. The link is open until late Monday night. Hope to see you!

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  12. I AM SO doing this... love love love this idea. Too cute... ~ kimmy

  13. This is SO cute! I'm going to make one for myself using my grandkids feet!

  14. what a cute idea! Perfect for the grandparent "who has everything"! :)

    (stopping by from SSB linky party)

  15. Love your blog!!

    Carrie @

  16. What a darling idea!!!! :)

  17. I love this idea-it turned out so cute & I bet the grandparents just love it! Great tutorial & thanks so much for linking up!

  18. Such a cute idea! I might have to try this one!

    Found you through Krafty Kat.

  19. That is awesome! I would love for you to link up at my Strut Your Stuff Party!

  20. Stephanie - This is super cute!! What a fantastic idea! I featured this on the Sunday Showcase Round Up. Thanks so much for joining in the fun! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  21. Ca Ute! Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party.

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  22. I featured you today! Stop by & grab a button if you want!

  23. That is adorable! What a cute idea! I'd love it if you'd link this post up to my Thursday Theme Party. The link will be open all weekend. :)

  24. Very cool!!! I'm from Russia and want to ask. What is identified paint which you used?

  25. I love this!! I've been searching for the perfect gift for my preschoolers to make for the holidays for their parents. Thank you so much for posting such great instructions. One question for you-does the permanent fabric paint wash off of their feet and hands easily?

  26. "One question for you-does the permanent fabric paint wash off of their feet and hands easily? "

    Thanks for the comment. No, I did not have any problems washing this paint off my guys feet and hands but I wash them off immediately after doing it. You might want to test it out on your own hand first to see how it goes with your paint.

    Good luck and let me know how it goes.
    Stephanie {fullofgreatideas}

  27. Thanks for the idea. I was stumped. Now off to Target to round up some rugs...:)

  28. I love your blog! Thanks for all your great ideas! Plan to do the ornaments with handprints!!!!

  29. Hi! I’m new to blogging and to start things out, I’ve featured this on my Christmas crafts! I love this!


  30. SOO cute!!! Might have to give that one try! Thanks for sharing.

  31. Love this idea.... gonna try it on place mats with my kids!

  32. thanks for sharing this idea, I'm blogging about it and I even made my own, love it!

  33. Very cute. I may do this for my parents. Thanks for the idea.

    Elisabeth @ Treasuring the

  34. I am a grandma and I just love your personal child snowman - tree craft. I really would love to do this one.

  35. I just love this idea - my girls and I just made some this weekend - I'm putting pics up on my blog at

    Thanks so much for posting the directions!

  36. This is such a fantastic idea!! My friends and I made them this last weekend for grandparents... but when we were done they were so cute we had to go get more rugs to make ones for ourselves!! LOL!! Thank you so much for sharing!! You have a ton of great ideas and I am sure I will be visiting often :)

  37. Great ideas. Question: do you need to put some kind of sealer on the rug to 'preserve' it for the years to come?

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