This Mother’s Day, make Mom a handmade gift that she will wear and LOVE. The kids will have so much fun making this fingerprint skirt, and the joy they will have giving Mom the gift of handmade on her special day will be priceless.
Inspired by a fingerprint vase I saw in a local shop, I realized it would be easy to transfer that same concept onto a piece of clothing. For the truly inspired you can sew up a simple skirt. I made a quarter circle skirt with elastic waistband, which took me under 30 minutes to make, in a plum double gauze fabric.
But you do not need to know how to sew in order to make this project! You can use any basic, solid colored, skirt to add your children’s fingerprints.
Mother’s Day Fingerprint Skirt
- Basic, solid colored skirt
- Fabric paint (affiliate link)
- Tin foil
- Paper plate
HOW TO MAKE A FINGERPRINT SKIRT:
Step One – Choose out the fabric paint you wish to use. I had the kids each pick out one fabric paint color, and they stuck with the same color for the entire project. This way we could differentiate the fingerprints on the skirt once finished.
Step Two – Lay the skirt flat on a safe, even surface. Slip tinfoil inside of the skirt middle, making sure the tin foil is nice and smooth, where the children will be placing their fingerprints. This will ensure that the paint doesn’t bleed to the opposite side of the skirt. To make a fingerprint border like mine, I simply placed an object (a ruler) on the bottom of the skirt and told the kids NOT to go above that line. Naturally, this meant I had to supervise, otherwise the kids would’ve gone above the line just to be silly. Lol.
Step Three – Give each child a paper plate, and squirt a little bit of their designated paint color on that plate. Tell the children to only use their pointer finger, and SHOW THEM how to make a nice, clean fingerprint. Trust me when I say, showing them is the key to success. Then let them go to town!
Step Four – When they are finished with one side of the skirt, let the paint dry completely and then flip the skirt over. Repeat for opposite side.
And you are finished!
HOW TO SET THE PAINT:
“Heat setting is recommended for best durability. Allow the painted design to dry overnight. Place the item in a clothes dryer for 30 minutes on the highest setting allowed for the type of fabric used, OR you may heat set the painted piece using a dry iron and a pressing cloth by laying the pressing cloth over the painted fabric and iron the painted design for 10 seconds, lift the iron and move it to another section of the painted design. Your iron should be set at the highest setting allowed for the fabric used.” – Plaid Crafts
The kids had so much fun making this skirt, and I cannot WAIT to send it off to Mima for Mother’s Day.
For an added touch, you can use a fabric marker and write each child’s name and age, or the year this skirt was made on the waistband. Talk about a handmade piece truly made with love.
*Side note – For those of you concerned with child safety. The fabric paint literally washed right off of their fingertips when done. I had them go straight to the sink (without touching anything else in the house – ha!), and wash their hands immediately. By the grace of God, they managed to not only NOT stain any other piece of furniture in the house or their clothes on their way to the bathroom, AND the paint came right off. A total success.
I recommend adult supervision for littler ones, as you do not want them eating the paint on their fingers accidentally.
Not recommended for fur babies…
Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time…