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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18 comments on Fingerprint Frame

  1. Emily
    February 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM (3 years ago)


    This is adorable. Do you have problems with the paint getting on Little Crafter’s clothes. I get so leery about craft paint and my big kid– he seems to always get it on his jeans!


  2. Rachel
    February 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM (3 years ago)

    So cute!! I’ve been trying to think of what my daughter can make her grandparents for V-day and now I know! Thanks for sharing

  3. 4 You With Love
    February 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM (3 years ago)

    OMG this frame is sssssooooo cute and so easy. I bet LC loved getting his fingers dirty!

  4. Kim
    February 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM (3 years ago)

    I love this idea! I am going to make one with my son this week!

  5. Brenda
    February 1, 2013 at 7:07 PM (3 years ago)

    How special and completely adorable!! LOVE the vase too! ;)

    Your Newest GFC Follower :),

  6. Grandma
    February 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM (3 years ago)

    What a cute frame…and the vase is nice too.
    He is so cute painting with his hands.

  7. Eva {Tales of the Scotts}
    February 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM (3 years ago)

    This is super cute. I think I have some crafty wooden frames that I could let the kids decorate for the grandparents. Cute idea!

  8. Crystal
    February 4, 2013 at 2:34 AM (3 years ago)

    It is super cute!!!

  9. 4 You With Love
    February 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM (3 years ago)

    Amy, those magical fingers. Every time I see this post I am blown away at it’s simplicity yet how gorgeous it turned out!

  10. Trish - Mom On Timeout
    February 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM (3 years ago)

    Yours turned out really cute Amy! I’m glad you gave the project a try – it’s so fun right?

  11. 4 You With Love
    February 8, 2013 at 12:52 PM (3 years ago)

    Amy, you’d think I’d stop smiling but I can’t…whenever I see this post I just grin! I’m so glad you shared this at Loving Valentines Day!


  12. Diya
    February 8, 2013 at 5:12 PM (3 years ago)

    Super Duper

  13. Tulip TrueAim
    February 11, 2013 at 1:48 AM (3 years ago)

    Wow! That is so easy, but it looks really good. A great gift. Stopping by from I should be mopping. Hope to see you at True Aim!

  14. Katie from Katie's Nesting Spot
    February 13, 2013 at 7:57 PM (3 years ago)

    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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