Oh Deer!

I’ve been working on a few crafts for birthday and Christmas gifts, but it’s slow going.  Usually by now, I’m pretty much finished with making the gifts, but not this year.  

I have finished a couple that I can share, so here’s the first one.  I made this for my hubby for his birthday.  For the past couple of years, he started deer hunting and has really enjoyed it.  When I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I HAD to make it.  I thought I’d pass it along to all of the hunting widows out there 🙂

When I clicked on the link on Pinterest, it just took me to the pic of the finished product with no tutorial. However, the project is pretty simple and it’s not that hard to figure out.

Instead of framing the footprints, I decided to use stretched canvas…for a couple of reasons.  We have several photos of our family on stretched canvas.  I really like the look of it.  You can get them printed in various sizes and it’s usually cheaper than taking it to a place and having your family portrait framed.  I also like the simplistic look of the pictures on canvas.  Also, Michael’s had a great sale on plain stretched canvas…so there you go!

I knew that Sophie would have issues with me painting her foot, so I had her big brother go first.  After that, there was still much crying.  So, when I finished (ha ha), I promised her special treats if she cooperated.  When that didn’t work, I just grabbed her foot, painted it and stuck it on the canvas.  Once the foot was painted, she realized it didn’t hurt and calmed down.

After the foot prints dried, I added on the antlers, eyes, noses and writing.  At first, I thought it would be cute for the noses to be the kiddos finger prints.  However, I only had one shade of brown paint, so it didn’t seem to be dark enough.  I’m sure if you had a different color like black, that concept would work out.  

Here’s the finished product:

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I like to document ages on home made stuff, because I know one day, I’ll probably forget how old the kiddos were when we made these. I just used a sharpie marker (which happened to be red) and wrote on the back and side of the canvas.

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They were a big hit!!  These are deer that I don’t mind hanging on my wall!!  

I’ve seen this craft done several different ways, including adding a red nose and making it a more “Christmas-y” decoration.  I’ve seen the foot prints on many other things, like plain paper, plates, clothing, etc.  The possibilities are endless!!

As your trying to come up for gifts for the hunter in your life, give this one a thought.  It’s quick, easy & super cute!!

Happy Hunting!

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