Finger Paint You’ll Want to Frame!

I am all about art-for-process.  That’s mostly what we do.  You know, “art for art’s sake” sort of stuff.  Give the kids some paint and paper and let them go!  That’s my style.

But occasionally, I want something more than a piece of paper spattered with paint to display.  Sometimes I want something CUTE!  Really cute!

So today, after the kids had finger painted to their hearts content, I got an idea.

Today’s finger paintings

Of course, it was spurred by something I saw on Pinterest.  Isn’t everything these days?!?!

So, I printed the kids’ names on card stock in colors that coordinated with their finger paintings.  

Then I searched online for a couple of simple templates to use: a car and a butterfly.  I started a Pinterest board for templates while I was at it.

I printed my templates (enlarging them as needed — I think I did the car at about 300% and the butterfly at 125%).  

Next I cut out my templates and laid them on top of the dried finger paintings, positioning them to get the best range of color and design.  

I traced around them with a pen.

I cut them out.


I used a glue stick to glue them onto the card stock and put some books on top of them while they dried.

And Voila!  The kids still got their “art for art’s sake” AND I got a beautiful piece of artwork to save and display! 🙂  I *adore* these!!


And these are going home with our little friends:


One of the coolest things is that this will make a beautiful display no matter how old the child is.  The four kids who made these ranged in age from 1 to just turned 4. 🙂


This post may contain affiliate links.

Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Nichole says:

    Love this! I know what the grandmas are getting for Mother’s Day!

  • Anonymous says:

    Tried this over the weekend and I found that it was much easier to trace the butterfly onto the back of the painted picture so you don’t have to worry about the ink showing after you have cut it out. It makes things go much faster!
    -Bentley

  • […] pumpkins, and several variations of pour painting to name just a few examples of process art.  Finger painting is another.  You can still make fabulous products with process art, but the product isn’t […]

  • I save the paper “for arts sake” with all the other types of paper we use. Then, I just wait for the occasion to use it. It adds some texture to other craft projects.

  • Just beautiful! Love the colors and it goes so well with the butterfly. Thanks for linking up at Discover & Explore this week — pinning this to our feature board!

  • […]  While this project is more about the process than the product, you can definitely do lots with the finished product, like use a template to cut out a silhouette shape and frame it! […]

  • Erin says:

    Even easier is to cut the design & name out of the cardstock & lay that over their painting. Especially easy if you can the cricuit machine!

  • […] Finger Paint Butterflies from In Lieu of Preschool […]

  • >