December 7, 2011

Footprint Penguin Wall Hanging

 I originally shared this idea as part of the Christmas Wonderful series at Design Dazzle, and now I'm excited to share it here with you in time for the holidays.

How cute is this group of penguins in their little hats and scarves?  Doesn't the shape of their bodies look familiar?  That's right, they're footprints!  I made this adorable canvas wall hanging for the grandparents last year using the footprints of all the grandchildren.

The project was pretty inexpensive and not too difficult to make at all, but even more importantly, the grandparents loved it! 

Here's what you'll need:

  • plain artist's canvas ( I had a lot of footprints, so I used a 12" x 24" one)
  • two pieces of blue cotton fabric for the background (mine had small prints that somewhat resembled the snow and sky)
  • black cotton fabric for the footprints (mine had a subtle dot pattern)
  • scraps of fleece or felt for the penguin accessories
  • Heat'n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive 
  • acrylic paint for the eyes
  • snowflake buttons (optional)
  • iron and hot glue gun

Here's what to do:

1.  Iron the Heat'n Bond to the wrong side of the blue fabrics.  Overlap the two fabrics slightly to form the "ground" and the "sky".  (I cut a slightly wavy line where the two colors met.)  Cut your fabric a few inches larger than the size of your canvas.  Peel off the paper backing and iron your pieces directly to the front of the canvas.  Wrap the excess fabric around the sides to the back and hot glue in place.

2.  Next, iron the Heat'n Bond to the wrong side of the black fabric. Then trace the child's footprint onto the paper-y side.  Cut out the footprints.  (For an example of how this is done, see a similar post I did with Footprint Butterflies).  Peel off the paper backing again, position your footprints where you want them on the canvas and iron them in place.

3.  Now you'll want to add your penguins' clothing!  I simply cut out pieces of leftover fleece to make little hats and scarves and hot glued them in place.  Then I cut ovals out of white fleece and hot glued them on to form the penguins bellies.


4.  Finally, use a bit of acrylic paint to paint on your penguins' eyes  (I initially planned on using googly eyes, but I liked the look of the painted eyes much better!) and add little triangle noses ( I just glue on a small triangle of orange paper)  I also added a few snowflake buttons in the "sky".

5.  That's it!  Whether you're making just one penguin or a whole waddle (yes, I looked up the term for a group of penguins!), this is a really cute way to use footprints to create some winter art.

I hope you enjoyed our little project (the grandparents loved them last year).  

Sharing our "Happy Feet" at:


  1. This is AWESOME!! Love, love, love it!! I am pinning it to give to the grandparents next year (it will take me that long to get my act together =-) I would love it if you would share it on TGIF - way cute!
    Beth =-)

  2. Oh they are very cute. I think we might do this one for next year too, when my sister's first baby arrives. It will look so cute with one tiny little penguin. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. These are so cute! Will you link up to my Handmade on Humpday link party over at ? Thank you!

  4. How adorable is that? I love it!!


  6. This would make a super cute kids craft with just construction paper. I LOVE them.

  7. Found you from Tatertots and Jello! I love this idea, they turned out so cute!

  8. those little hats are so cute!


  9. That turned out so cute!! It would look cute if you have dogs to do a paw print too.

  10. What a simply adorable idea! We would love it if you would please link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays.

  11. These are just TOO CUTE! Love them!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  12. I stopped by from Made By You Monday!

    Love these! I made reindeer one year out of feet/hand prints, but penguins are so much cooler! :-)

  13. These are so cute! I would love to make them with my grandchildren's feet! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Wow, really cute. Great idea - my kiddo loves penguins will have to try.

  15. Very Cute Laura! Love the "Happy Feet"

  16. I love these!! 2 years ago I made my mom pillows with hand and footprint reindeer on them, one for each of the 4 granddaughters. Since they were all girls I put a bow on the antlers. I loved how the pillows came out, we have a new baby coming to the family this coming year so I can't wait to make pillows or a wall hanging using the penguins next year!!

  17. No one knows that foot print might be come in cards in printed form.

    Clear Business Cards
    Scratch Cards
    Printed Gift Cards

  18. Hi Laura! Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on FamilyCorner today!

  19. Really impressive post. I read it whole and going to share it with my social circules. I enjoyed your article and planning to rewrite it on my own blog.
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