The middle of June is fast approaching, which means so is Father’s Day. I can’t believe that summer is underway and that soon enough it will be the Fourth of July! Eeeek! This year I wanted to have Eliza make a little something for Greg for Father’s Day, for a couple of reasons. One, handmade gifts are just so sweet and memorable and two, we are in the middle of the house renovation so no one is getting a gift unless you consider a faucet or a new electrical panel a gift, which I sort of do! 🙂 This adorable little gift I helped Eliza make cost about $15.00 and would have been less if I would have been able to find the tub that has all of my paints in it. Someday I will know where things are again. I think it turned out so well and is actually something that Greg could hang in his office in the future. I found the idea for this wall hanging here and slightly adapted it. We used a wood canvas alternative just because I like the look better and I added a quick trim around the outside using some painter’s tape so it looks like it has a frame. Also we changed the saying to one that Eliza says to her dad and I all the time. I think it is so fun to be able to really personalize it to represent your kiddo’s relationship with daddy instead of something more generic. Overall, the project was really fun, Eliza loved picking out her colors and getting to paint with the big girl paint brush, and it was quick, cheap and adorable. Can’t beat that!
-Canvas (ours was a 12X12 wood canvas that you can find at any craft store)
-Letter Stickers (ours had a slight cardboard backing which worked out awesome for this project. Very easy to move around for placement and to take off)
- Create the frame border with painter’s tape. Ours was 1/2 inch all the way around. It also protected the sides of the canvas from getting paint on them.
- Place your saying on the board. Choosing a right of left align is definitely the easiest but if I was more creative something centered or maybe with two different fonts would have added to it for sure.
- Start with one color, letting your kiddo kind of have at it. I loaded the paint brush and helped her find a spot to start and then let her swipe around a bit.
- Let the paint dry to the touch before adding the next color so that you don’t end up with brown paint and instead get bright colors that slightly overlap. We ended up choosing four colors and did some laundry during each paint drying. It was fast though. After 5-10 minutes each color was ready.
- Peel the painter’s tape off as well as the letters. I waited until it was very dry and it worked well but I think it would have been easier if I would have taken the tape and stickers off before the paint was completely dry.
- And it’s done! Eliza was so proud of her work! She was smiling like crazy and wanted to give it to daddy immediately, of course. I can’t wait to watch her give it to him next week. She is going to light up and he is going to love it; as well as the case of IPA I am planning on throwing in with it. 🙂 Happy crafting and Happy Father’s Day! MEB