1st Birthday Canvas

1st Birthday Canvas #Birthday

I absolutely love getting crafty. 

Between part-time homeschooling, activities, and the regular day to day tasks I feel as though getting crafty has been put on the back burner. I have been more focused on getting the chores done, working around naptime, and so much more that I have forgotten to have a little fun. 

So my mission as we enter Spring and on into Summer, is to have more fun! 

And getting crafty is so much fun to me and my kids love it as well. So I wanted to introduce getting a little (age-appropriate) crafty with my newly one year old daughter London

Birthday Canvas #Birthday

We had a Rainbow themed birthday party and she painted this canvas at her celebration while older kids got to paint a much smaller canvas of their own. There are all kinds of ways to have fun with canvases

DIY 1st Birthday Canvas:

Baby Canvas Art #Birthday Painting with Baby #Birthday

What you need: 

What to do:

  1. Gather supplies
  2. Adhere name using letter stickers 
  3. Depending on where your baby is going to paint, put a disposable table cloth or garbage bag down.
  4. Put baby on table cloth stripped down to diaper only, unless you don’t mind the mess
  5. Put dabs of paint all over the canvas and rub baby’s hand so she knows what to do
  6. Have lots of fun watching while taking lots of pictures
  7. Give baby a bath and let canvas dry overnight
  8. Remove letters
  9. Use the sponge brush to paint a light coating of the iridescent paint to add a nice shimmer, let dry
  10. Display in room as a fun reminder of baby’s 1st birthday! 

I cannot believe our baby girl is one, time goes by so fast doesn’t it? This 1st birthday canvas is going to be something we’ll cherish for a long time and we’ll get to tell her that she made it at her 1st birthday one day… I think she’ll love that! 

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What kinds of things do you (or did you) do to make your baby’s 1st birthday memorable?

About Rachel

Rachel is a mother to four children and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family, and health. You can find her writing about her family adventures and inspiring you to make healthier choices for your family.


  1. Kimberly says:

    You are definitely “Mom of the Year”! …and I love the smiley face on London’s belly! 🙂

  2. Carol Meyer says:

    Great Fun! Mamaw loves it!

  3. Great idea. I will probably try it with my son on his next birthday. I bet London had a blast. Looks like she really enjoyed it.

  4. I am so excited to do this with my little girl for her upcoming 1st birthday. I love the idea of having the name on the canvas! Absolutely a keepsake that will last a lifetime. Thank you for sharing it!

  5. What a special piece to add to your home, Rachel! When London is ready to set up her own home, I’m pretty sure this will be hung somewhere in her home with pride! 🙂 Very cool!

  6. This looks so fab. Well done you.
    We made a finger print guest book on a canvas for the little man’s birthday party. It looks so lovely on his memory shelf.I’m currently planning a different take on it for the little miss. Because clearly she needs one too, but not the same! 😉