Butterfly Footprint

These butterflies are a beautiful way to turn a child’s footprint into a work of art. They make beautiful gifts if you do them on high quality paper and frame them – or if you make them directly onto canvas boards. They also make wonderful gift cards! Or, just do them for fun – what child doesn’t love painting their feet and stomping on paper!

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Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration Under 15 minutes
Age Any
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  • Paint (Finger Paint, or other washable paint)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paper or Canvas Board


  • Step 1

  • Step 1

  1. Paint your child’s feet (or your own) using one or multiple colors
  2. Place the child’s right foot on the left side of the paper so that the little toe is approximately placed at the center of the page. Lift up carefully.
  3. Now place the child’s left foot on the right side of the page so that the little toe is placed in the middle of the page next to the little toe print you have just made – i.e. you want the feet to be the wrong way round! Lift up the foot carefully
  4. Using a contrasting color (black works well here) make finger prints along the center of your butterfly print – to form the butterfly body. Older children can do this themselves
  5. Using a fine brush, paint antenna onto the butterfly


  1. You will likely be able to make multiple prints without having to repaint the foot, although you will have to work quite quickly as the paint dries surprisingly fast.
  2. There's some beautiful examples of this project to be found online. Two of my favorites are: colormehappyworkshop.blogspot.com and and myeverydayexceptional.blogspot.com
  3. Definitely one to do outside!
  4. You might want to have some baby wipes or paper towel on hand to clean up those little feet!
  5. Kids aged 4 and above will enjoy painting their own feet – but might need help aligning them on the paper.
  6. Definitely needed wet wipes on hand! By Mummyharris - July 24
  7. you can fold the paper or mount them on folded strips of card to make them look like they are flying :-) By HappyCub - November 24


✶✶✶✶✶ 3 review(s) Add your feedback Upload a photo
✶✶✶✶✶ Very messy, very fun By HappyMomma - April 24

The boys had a great time painting their feet - and the results were so pretty.

✶✶✶✶✶ Easy fun By Mummyharris - July 24

My 4 year old absolutely loved this activity. She was able to do it all herself following my instructions which made her feel like a very 'big girl' :-) easy activity with all equipment required readily available in our art box.

✶✶✶✶✶ fabulous By HappyCub - November 24

My 4 year old loved this project. We made loads of them and so decided to make a picture - see my project 'wall picture 3D butterflies'

Useful supplies

Strathmore 27-209 100 Series Youth Paint Pad, 9"x12" Tape Bound, 20 Sheets
Strathmore 27-209 100 Series Youth Paint Pad
$4.97 Buy on Amazon
Crayola Washable Kids Paint Set, 10 Count
Crayola Washable Kids Paint Set
$13.92 Buy on Amazon

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From Caterpillar to Butterfly Big Book (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
From Caterpillar to Butterfly Big Book
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My, Oh My--A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
$9.99 Buy on Amazon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Giant hardcover edition (Callaway Classics Series of Timeless Tales from Around the W)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Giant hardcover edition
$60.00 Buy on Amazon
Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors
Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors
$8.75 Buy on Amazon

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