The talented Cathe of Just Something I Made is here to share a fabulous craft that is sure to become a keepsake!

Cathe writes…

It’s so exciting to be a part of the Skip to my Lou Craft Camp as there are few things more wonderful than children creating art!

When my kids were much younger, they painted their own self portraits as gifts to their grandpa. These portraits are very simple to create and make incredibly precious mementos.

On inexpensive 9″ x 12″ craft store craft canvas boards draw basic pencil lines for the head and bust area of each portrait to help keep the artwork consistent in layout, leaving an area at the bottom for each child’s name. Allow each child to use acrylic paint to create their own self portrait including their name in the area at the bottom.
Add the date to the back of each, attach plate hanging hardware to the backs and hang in a place of honor in your home, or give as gifts to someone special.
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  1. With the kids out for the summer, I miss getting beautiful works of art home weekly. We will have to do this one today too.

  2. What a fantastic idea! I just got back from the store where I picked up some canvases. Thanks a million!

  3. I love this idea. I think I’ll try this with my older daughter (5 1/2) to see if she is ready for it. I’d love to do this type of project every few years to see how the kids’ art grows. Thanks for the great idea.

  4. thanks so much for this– i was just racking my brain, trying to figure out what *inexpensive* gift could be mail to our papa’s this year. my little girl will love this idea!!!

    i ♥ Skip To My Lou!!!!!

  5. My *littles* are too little for this yet, but I LOVE this idea and will store it in my memory bank for future use!

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