When you think of Shutterfly, you probably think of baby or family books. A whole new world was opened up to me recently as I discovered their Home Decor line…. which is fun because you can customize family pictures, art work, quotes that have personal meaning and etc. I wanted to capture my kids hands and personalities at this age in their lives. My oldest is almost 10 and my baby is 3 1/2… I realize there is limited time where they not only WANT to craft with mom but also that their cute hand prints would look good displayed on our wall. It’s like catching a moment in time, literally; their hands will never be this small again, (sniffle.) Take a peek at how they chose to transform a simple hand print into kids hand print artwork!
I grinned that mini-me 9 year old craft diva went for the detailed peacock, my rough ‘n tumble 7 year old jock chose the scary monster while his 5 year old sensitive animal loving brother created a squishy squid and their sweet baby sis captured the loveable giraffe.
Curious how I made these? We did a Sunday afternoon art project using pure white card stock and acrylic paint. I was really, really, really careful about my littles not getting paint anywhere else on the paper… I gave them a separate piece of paper to get their doodles out After the paint dried, we used a Sharpie marker to make the pictures come to life through the cute little details:
Although they’re not true to size (which is another fun option) I love the stage of these characters that my kids are into right now. Each one describes their individual personalities that will last for years to come.
From there I scanned their prints, uploaded to Shutterfly’s site (which is super easy to use, btw!) selected which Home Decor item I wanted it to be printed on, (for this fun project I selected 12×12 canvas prints,) positioned the hand prints and added it to my cart! Easy peasy. Promise! I’m sure you remember a sign or two displayed in your parents homes growing up and I want my kids to remember one growing up in my home that is both pretty and meaningful…
I chose to have it mounted to dress up my simple printable that Kristi whipped up [freebie coming soon!]. It was easy to mount and yes ladies, I did it without my husbands help It’s stable and is quite the conversation starter!
I am really liking the fun polka dot element mixed with the classy brushed nickel. It’s a fun mix of my eclectic personality and I love that Shutterfly can accomodate that!
We are big on birthdays around here (3 of our 6 are in December!) and this dishwasher- safe plate and matching cup set was too cute to pass up. I was able to personalize the middle image, which happen to perfectly coordinate my older sons monster hand print and the matching cup was a must-have. Love it!
To polish off my new turquoise kitchen cabinets, I chose a simple “EAT” plate to fill the empty space above my stove to match the kitchen colors. If anything splashes it while cooking, I can simply wipe it off or toss it in the dishwasher.