Father's Day is fast approaching and it's time to start thinking about the perfect craft for your kids to make their dad. I love that our girls are getting old enough to be a part of making special gifts and on holiday's, like Father's Day, I prefer to help them make handmade gifts!
There is something so sweet and precious about your children giving a loved one a handmade item that they specially made. It just warms my heart and I love watching the reaction of those who receive the gift! Plus, what Dad doesn't just melt when his daughter makes something for him?
For this upcoming Father's Day, we decided to make handpainted mugs with flowers and handpainted photo frames. My 4 year-old-daughter loves to paint, so this was the perfect and easy project for her to do. Here's how we made these cute Father's Day gifts for under $5!
Walking into a craft store, like Michaels, can be dangerous! I'm not sure who gets more distracted and excited by all the DIY and crafts stuff, me or my 4-year-old! When I get into the DIY mood for presents or just fun projects for around the house, I love stopping at our local craft store. I instantly get inspired and typically come out with a few fun projects!
For this year's Father's Day present, I wanted to let our daughter pick out the craft. I let her look at all the options and in the end, she settled on these adorable paintable mugs. Not only was it adorable and an easy project for her to complete, but you really couldn't beat the price... $3!
Along with the mugs, she also picked out a wooden paintable picture frame that was $0.99. Another bargain, but I knew once she had painted it and we put in the photo of the girls, it would be worth it's weight in gold to their dad.
We also grabbed some extra paint and off we went to finish our project at home.
The mugs were extremely easy for our 4-year-old to paint by herself. The paint included was the perfect amount and she loved being able to put her artistic touch on it! After she finished painting, we followed the directions and put the mug in the oven for 30 minutes while it warmed up to 360 degrees and then let it cool in the oven for an additional 30 minutes.
It's very important to read and follow the directions. For this particular brand, it required you to NOT preheat the oven, but place the mug in the oven to bake while it was warming up to avoid it shattering. It also required it to cool in the oven for 30 minutes after baking to avoid shattering as well.
Once the mug was finished cooling we took it out of the oven and my daughter beheld her beautiful craft. She was so proud of how it looked! It really turned out perfect and she was overjoyed at her creation!
Next, we moved onto our picture frame. My daughter tends to love to mix all the paint together and inevitably ends up with a very interesting paint color. To help her create something that was a bit more "clean" looking, I arranged tape on the picture frame to create a striped pattern for her to follow. She loved this! It not only allowed her to use the different colors but kept them separated and less muddled looking.
Once the paint dried, we removed the tape and she was amazed at how the pattern turned out! Insert your favorite photo and there you have it, the perfect handpainted picture frame that is sure to melt dad's heart!
Here are all the items you need to make your own painted mug and picture frame.
There you have it! A toddler approved Father's Day craft for under $5! This was such a fun project to do with my daughter and was age appropriate for keeping our 4-year-olds attention. I hope this gives you some ideas for the perfect Father's Day craft! Make sure to check out your local craft store to pick up your own mug and frame and to look for additional fun crafts to do with your kids! Happy crafting!