I was feeling crafty around Christmas time (rare for me, as I’ve already stated, I don’t often have the time or energy for such things) and saw a cute idea on a mommy message board. One mom had painted the letters “L” and “E” on the left and right sides of a piece of wood, and used her baby’s hand print to make the “O” and foot prints to make the “V.” When you looked at it all together, it appeared to spell “LOVE.” Super cute!
I was shopping for supplies at Hobby Lobby when I found this pre-made coat rack (about $15) and thought I could do the painting on it. Not only would it be art, but it would be functional too! I grabbed a couple other styles (which were given as gifts so I don’t have photos) and some paints and headed home to get to work before I lost my motivation.
I recommend buying a small foam roller (about 4″ wide) to apply the paint to your kid’s hands and feet– it will make the whole process a lot easier and slightly less messy (no dripping). Have a damp towel on hand to immediately wipe off excess paint so there are no accidents. I used acrylic paint for this project– it cleans right off skin and dries quickly on the wood. The whole project cost about $25 and took only 30 minutes or so. Lilu was a pro– her handprint looks stellar! Annabelle, of course, was a little wiggly, so her feet are slightly smeared– but I was still happy with the result. Especially for my first DIY project in a long time!
I actually hung it myself as well with two drywall anchors and a screwdriver. Not the most fun part, but I was able to get it done in about 5 minutes. The anchors say they can support up to 50 pounds and the coat rack itself is very sturdy, so it can hold plenty of items. I’ve got multiple jackets and even the Ergo carrier ready to go by our door now.