Encouraging The Arrival Of Spring With Footprint Butterflies

Encouraging The Arrival Of Spring With Foot Print Butterflies

Being from Minnesota, you’d think I’d finally get used to the long winters.  Yet sadly, I don’t think I ever will.  In the fall, once it starts dropping to 60 degrees, I’m freezing and quick to dig out my winter coat.  It just seems to take me a few months to get my “winter legs” back.  But at least by this time of year, 40 degrees now feels warm and you’ll see people walking around without coats.  (It’s even common to spot short sleeves being worn!)  At the end of January, we even had a few mid 40 degree days where I went coat-less as well.  Those warmer days definitely help me survive the long winters but honestly, I’m getting really tired of it.  It’s been colder than normal this winter.  And with lower snow amounts too, I’m just done.  At least when we get some big snowfalls, the kids get out and play.  Energy gets burned.  Everyone sleeps well.  But this frigid cold, and no snow weather has been nothing but a drag.  So to try to help usher in spring a bit quicker, the kids and I made some footprint butterflies.

Encouraging The Arrival Of Spring With Foot Print Butterflies

Making Memories With Foot Print Art

Not only do the kids love to paint.  Painting a body part makes the experience even more fun.  So we try to do hand print and foot print projects throughout the year.  And not only is it fun to get creative, I love having these keepsakes as a result.  I feel like my children are growing up so fast so those little hands and feet are extra precious.

Butterfly Foot Prints

These can be made on a canvas or just construction paper, depending on if you are looking for a craft to display or not.

Encouraging The Arrival Of Spring With Foot Print Butterflies

  • Easy to make, let your child choose whichever color (or colors) they’d like to make their butterfly.
  • Paint both feet.  (You can do it one at a time or both at once to get it done.)
    Encouraging The Arrival Of Spring With Foot Print Butterflies
  • Crisscross the footprints and leave a small space between them on the paper.
  • Press firmly and then lift up.
    Encouraging The Arrival Of Spring With Foot Print Butterflies
  • Once dry, draw the body of the butterfly.
  • Put a heart at the top for the head.
    Encouraging The Arrival Of Spring With Foot Print Butterflies
  • Add antennas and googly eyes for the perfect finishing touch.
    Encouraging The Arrival Of Spring With Foot Print Butterflies
  • Make sure to sign and date for future reference.
    Encouraging The Arrival Of Spring With Foot Print Butterflies

Every time we make these, I just can’t get enough.  It’s a fun way to track your child’s size and capture a little piece of them throughout the years.


I’m a city girl turned country by my awesome husband and we have three busy boys and two darling daughters. I love spending time with my family, reading Karen Kingsbury novels, and catching up with friends while our kiddos have play dates. I’m blessed beyond measure and can’t wait to see what God has in store.
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  • I think these are darling and am thinking of helping my granddaughter do this as a gift for her mom on Mother’s Day. Thank you for the idea!

  • Peggy Nunn

    That is such a cute idea. With your weather, it sounds like a time to visit us. Last week we were in the eighty’s and this week it is cooler in the seventy’s. Come on down.

  • Dandi D

    This is such a cute idea for spring!

  • Dana Rodriguez

    I think this is adorable. What a fun craft for the little ones!

  • Lauryn R

    This is such a great idea, I am definitely going to do this one with my three littles!! It has been non-stop raining here for over a week now and, as homeschooled kids, mine are getting bored! They would have a blast doing this one, and it allows me to have a memory of their feet so small! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy D

    I sure do love making crafts with my daughters, especially with their little hands and feet! This butterfly picture would be a fun craft to do during spring break with my Moms Club!

  • Sarah L

    That is the most fun craft I’ve ever seen. I would like doing it every spring and watch the butterflies grow.

  • ellen beck

    This is a cute little project. I would keep the prints year after year to see how they grow, I am in Iowa, and feel your pain as far as cold goes. It was nice here today, it was mid 40s. The snow is finally receding, but it has been awfully cold. We have a woodburner and furnace, and the woodburner hasnt much gotten a break since the end of October.

  • John Smith

    Um, this is very creative!

  • These are super cute.I
    Will be making there this spring

  • gloria patterson

    I take care of my great niece (18 months) a couple times a month. I am slowly working crafts in to her visits. I think I will pick up some paint and do handprints. Dont think its time for the footprints yet. 🙂


    This is too cute. So much so that I am pondering the possibility of secretly making this with my 13-month-old grandson to give to his exceptionally awesome Mama for Mothers Day.
    I had not heard of this brand of paint before and the easy clean up would be a major helpful plus, especially if you are a grandma trying to rush these prints in a hurry secretly before Mama gets back in the room, because we want it to be a surprise for Mothers day!

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