Birthday Prints and Portraits - Guest Post from mk inspired

I know you are going to love this craft from mk inspired.  I just adore it and will be adding it to my birthday traditions.  Krista shares all her fabulous ideas and creations over at mk inspired. She is  mama of two and I just love all the sweet activities she does with her kids. Please visit her and say hi!

Hi! I am THRILLED to be guest posting here at Mess for Less today. I am so thankful and honored that Vicky invited me to share a project with you!  My name is Krista and you can find me (and my two little ones) speckled in paint or stuck in glue over at mk inspired

I have to admit that I am overly sentimental at times. Having two pre-schoolers doesn’t make things easy, as I am holding on to their early years for dear life. I enjoy finding creative ways to capture and document their growth. So I would like to share a little birthday project that has become a family tradition each year.

6x6 canvas (I stock up on these when they are 60% off/under $2)
Craft paint /brush (under $1)
Birthday girl (priceless)
Ikea Easel ($1)

Here is what we do:

Step One
Let the birthday girl pick her color. Our birthday girl picked pink so I squeezed two shades of pink and some white paint into an old yogurt cup.  

Step Two
Birthday girl paints the canvas.

Step Three
Once the canvas is dry, paint birthday girl’s hand with a generous coat of white paint. I find this method easier than dipping the entire hand in paint. It saves paint and you can control coverage. Guide hand and make print on canvas. Seal with mod podge.

A brand new tradition:  
To go along with our handprint keepsakes, I decided to have my daughter draw a self portrait. Using an 8x10 canvas board and a sharpie, my little one whipped up this self portrait in about 30 seconds (pigtails and all). We painted the edges with some left over pink paint for a simple border.  Seal with mod podge.

Finally, we printed up this little “favorites” list, had an interview session and stuck this to the back of the portrait. 

As my little ones grow, so will our collection of prints and portraits. A simple and cherished birthday tradition.   

Don't you just LOVE it! Thanks SO much Krista for sharing a wonderful birthday tradition and giving us some great ideas for making our own memories.

Here are some of my favorite posts from mk inspired:
Decor that Fits
Soft Pumpkin Cookies



  1. This canvas project is super cute and fun. I love the favorites list on the back, which is a great way to keep memories of a precious child. Vicky thanks for introducing us to Krista and her creative blog.
    Smiles, Paula

  2. The addition of the faves on the back is such a cute idea! I love it!

  3. That looks so fun and what a memory to save.

  4. I love the idea of putting the relevant info on back!

  5. I've written this down on my to-do list! I love the handprint on the canvas!

  6. Thank you Vicky and thank you Mess for Less readers!!! :)

    Krista @ mk inspired

  7. I just found your blog and I have to say, it's totally adorable.:) I'd love it if we followed each other!! Be sure to check out my current blog contest here:

    Shelby xoxo

  8. Oh Vicky these are so great! Pinning right now!
    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

  9. @ Paula, I always smile when I see you have visited. :-)
    @ Tutus and Tea Parties, It is a very clever idea and I can't wait to do it.
    @ Adventure Academy Mom, I wish I'd heard about it sooner, but we will be starting late.
    @ Megan, It's a nice surprise for the back.
    @ G-Inspires, It's on my list as well!
    @ Krista, no THANK YOU!
    @ Shelby, entered your giveaway!
    @ Amy, thanks so much!

  10. What a great idea. I feel like the older my son gets the more sentimental I get. Time just goes so fast.