Father’s Day is just around the corner, in case you haven’t noticed. For some reason it always seems difficult to come up with a special Father’s Day gifts that isn’t overdone, lame or ridiculously out of most of our budgets.
How about a fun Father’s Day gift that even an infant can do!
I’ts quick, personal and requires a minimum amount of supplies and creativity. And it will last a bit longer than a bag of beef jerky and be more meaningful than a new neck tie. Yet, it won’t cost near as much as a new grill or fishing boat either!
I nanny a little guy a few days each week and wanted a fun little gift that I could do with him that would bring a smile to mom and dad’s face. It needed to meet the requirements above and it had to be something this little one could actually do. So the sweet little guy provided the foundational art work and I covered the rest of the DIY.
- small art canvas squares
- acrylic paints, one or two colors for a little variety
- pictures of your child(ren)
- stickers, optional
- Modge Podge
- strong magnet
- hot glue, or another strong glue
- paper plates, paper towels … for clean up
The first step is to paint each of the canvases. This can be done in a number of ways – with an actual picture, a geometric pattern, or a more abstract piece for younger ones. For an abstract look squirt some paint onto a plate, smoosh their little hand into the paint to cover their palm and fingers and smear it on each canvas. I would also recommend stripping your little one down to a diaper and having plenty of wet paper towels on hand for clean up.
While that is drying, edit a few pictures to fit your canvas and print them out on a piece of card stock. You may decide to use stickers on a few of the canvases also, for a little variety. We did two canvases with stickers that said “I *heart* Mom” and “I *heart* Dad”.
When your canvases have dried, simply spread a thin layer of Modge Podge on each canvas and the back of each photo that you’ve cut to size and adhere the photo to the canvas. Smooth the edges down and apply another thin coat of Modge Podge over the entire canvas with the photo on it.
You can apply a second coat of Modge Podge if needed to ensure that the photo won’t pull up along any of the edges. Finally, glue your magnet to the back of the canvas and you’re all set.
You can add your canvas magnet collection to a gift bag with a favorite snack and invitation to a date with Dad doing something of his choosing. Be sure to snap a few pictures on your date with Dad for him to hang up with his new magnets.
And don’t forget to tell him what you appreciate about Him. It’s amazing how much a simple thank you can mean!
Which paint background is your favorite? An actual picture, a geometric pattern or an abstract painting?