Birthday Prints and Portraits – Guest Post from mk inspired

I know you are going to love this craft from mk inspired.  I just adore it and will be adding it to my birthday traditions.  Krista shares all her fabulous ideas and creations over at mk inspired. She is  mama of two and I just love all the sweet activities she does with her kids. Please visit her and say hi!

Hi! I am THRILLED to be guest posting here today. I am so thankful and honored that I was invited to share a project with you!  My name is Krista, and you can find me (and my two little ones) speckled in paint or stuck in glue over at mk inspired.

I have to admit that I am overly sentimental at times. Having two pre-schoolers doesn’t make things easy, as I am holding on to their early years for dear life. I enjoy finding creative ways to capture and document their growth. So I would like to share a little birthday project that has become a family tradition each year.


6×6 canvas (I stock up on these when they are 60% off/under $2)
Craft paint /brush (under $1)
Birthday girl (priceless)
Ikea Easel ($1)

Here is what we do:

Step One
Let the birthday girl pick her color. Our birthday girl picked pink, so I squeezed two shades of pink and some white paint into an old yogurt cup.
Step Two
Birthday girl paints the canvas.

Step Three
Once the canvas is dry, paint birthday girl’s hand with a generous coat of white paint. I find this method easier than dipping the entire hand in paint. It saves paint, and you can control coverage. Guide hand and make print on canvas. Seal with mod podge.

A brand new tradition:
To go along with our hand print keepsakes, I decided to have my daughter draw a self portrait. Using an 8×10 canvas board and a sharpie, my little one whipped up this self portrait in about 30 seconds (pigtails and all). We painted the edges with some left over pink paint for a simple border.  Seal with mod podge.

Finally, we printed up this little “favorites” list, had an interview session, and stuck this to the back of the portrait.

As my little ones grow, so will our collection of prints and portraits. A simple and cherished birthday tradition.

Don’t you just LOVE it! Thanks SO much Krista for sharing a wonderful birthday tradition and giving us some great ideas for making our own memories.


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