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Best Foot (or Hand) Forward! 10 Ink Pad Art Projects That Make a Big Impression

What little hands and feet don't love getting messy from time to time? Put their finger-dipping fantasies to good use by introducing your kids to one of these art projects that utilizes their hands, feet, or thumbprints as their focal points. Use these ideas as a starting point, and see what other creative forms you can come up with!

Giraffe Handprint Painting

Who'd have known that an upside-down handprint could create such a perfect form for a giraffe?

Source: Activity Village

Ghost Feet

Come Halloween (or anytime!), dipping little feet into white paint turns them into not-so-scary ghosts!

Source: Be Different Act Normal

Busy Bees

Little feet serve as stamps for these busy bee bodies — in this case, they're printed on tea towels, a great gift idea!

Source: Carissa's Creativity Space

Handprint Ballerina Tutu

Little hands create a tulle-like effect for this handprint ballerina tutu.

Source: Meet the Dubiens

Footprint Fire Truck

When a little one's willing to get messy in red paint, and mom is willing to add the necessary details, the result is an adorable footprint fire truck.

Source: Sweet and Lovely Crafts

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Bookmarks

Inspired by the illustrations in the Eric Carle classic, these Very Hungry Caterpillar bookmarks are easy to make, and the bug's shape lends itself well to the horizontal bookmark.

Source: Bachmanville

Insect Thumbprints

Draw inspiration from British printmaker Vicki Hallworth's repeating insect pattern — easy enough for little kids, when completed with complementary colors and a repeat pattern, it takes on a sophisticated look.

Source: Vicki Hallworth

On the Farm Thumbprints

Create a whimsical menagerie of farm animals — all it takes is some willing thumbs, multicolored ink pads, and black fine-point pens.

Source: Vicki Hallworth

Thumbprint Ladybugs

Adorable multicolored ladybugs are the focal point of this easy-to-do art project.

Source: Kaboose

Summer Seagull

Follow four easy steps to create a Summer-ready footprint seagull. How cute are his boots?!

Source: Sweet and Lovely Crafts

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