Fingerprint Frame


So, you know we’ve been Valentine-a-haulics around here lately.  Little Crafter and I are equally excited about a holiday that’s all about showing how much we love our family and friends, so we’ve turned into crafting machines making all kinds of decor and gifts.  As usual, I’ve been scouring Pinterest for more inspiration, and as soon as I saw these Fingerprint Photo Frames from Mom on Timeout, I knew we had to make some.
All you need for this project is:
– acrylic paints {various shades of red, white, and pink}
– unfinished wooden frame
– your finger
– Mod Podge to seal 
We already had all the paints, and of course, the fingers, so all we needed was a blank frame!  We picked one up at Michaels on a recent trip…I have to warn you, sometimes photo frames can be kind of pricey, so be prepared to shell out one whole dollar for this part.  Hehe.  I love cheap stuff!

All you do to create this fun work of art is dip your finger in each color of paint and dot it onto the frame.  We started with red.  At this point, I confess I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t turn out like the one we’d seen.

Adding pink into the mix…still not looking like much.

We added red three shades of pink, and white, then Little Crafter started getting fascinated by the idea of mixing the colors.  He made me keep squirting a little of each one onto the plate and then mixing them up different ways to see what shades he could make.  He also liked swirling the colors and making prints that looked like peppermints.  It was actually a lot of fun to watch him do it.  Messy, but fun.

Gradually, the spaces started getting filled in and at this point, I started to think we might really end up with something cool after all.  I started helping out and putting a few prints on here and there in strategic locations to help with coverage.  He didn’t seem to mind.  We often like to work together as “Team Latta.”

When all the wood was covered, this is what we ended up with…we both love it!  We were good and patient and let it get nice and dry.  At this point, it’s a good idea to add a coat of Mod Podge to seal it.

Then, the final step was to add Little Crafter’s photo.  I black and white-d one of the pics we took for his photo Valentine cards…aaahhh!  So. adorable.  I think it kind of looks like it was the stock photo in the frame, don’t you?  Maybe I should call the company and see if they want to use him as their model cutie…hehe.

I do have one confession to make…prepare to be shocked.  Our original plan was to add glitter after it dried.  But we didn’t.  {gasp!}  When it was all said and done, it just looked so cute and so fun and colorful that I was actually afraid the glitter might take away from it and make it too ‘busy.’  I know, I know.  Don’t tell anyone.

I think it’s so adorable, and it goes so nicely with some of the other festive decor projects we’ve been making, like our vase and coasters!

What do you think?  I’d love to see your latest Valentine’s projects, or anything you’ve been making lately.  Be sure to stop by our Shine on Fridays party to get and share some inspiration this weekend!

Hugs & Glitter,


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    1. I take a large plastic trash bag and make a hole for the head and two holes for the arms. This covers the child clothes so they do not get paint on them. You need to make sure they are wearing a short sleeve shirt. Then just throw the plastic bag away.

  1. Hi Amy! I love your frame, so cute and so is the little guy inside 🙂 Thanks for sharing it with us on A Crafty Soiree, I’ve featured your project in this week’s new party post. It’ll be up tomorrow at midnight EST. Please come by and see it and share some more of your craft skills!

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