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Forty Days of Crafts: “A Servant’s Heart” Foot Painting

Suggested reading: The Lord's Prayer
Suggested reading: The Lord’s Prayer

When [Jesus] had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, ‘Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.'”
— John 13:12–14 (ESV)

Share the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper with this hands-on (or feet-on) craft.


  • Finger paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paper

Step 1: Dip paint brush in finger paint. Hold your right hand like a fist. Then coat the outside edge of your fist in paint.

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Step 2: Press your hand (still in a fist) down on the paper. The print you make will be the sole of your foot.

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Step 3: Dip a finger in the paint and add five little dots at the top of the “sole.” Make sure to have them gradually get smaller as you work from left to right. These will be the toes.

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Step 4: Repeat the same process above using your opposite hand. Place the bottom of this “foot” so that the two footprints will slightly overlap at the bottom. This time when you add the toes make them gradually get bigger from the left to the right.


Step 5: Paint a heart around the two footprints.


(Alternate, messy version: paint children’s feet instead of their fists to make a true footprint. Follow up with foot washing.)


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