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'Hand'some Father's Day Gift
This Father's Day why not give your dad a real gift from the heart, a present he will always treasure? DIY Father's Day gifts are certainly nothing new, but they have certainly progressed a long way from the clay moulded ashtray. I have some DIY projects here which are a great change from the annual tie, mug, chocolates or car cleaning products that dad's tend to be given each year. These are really best suited to if you have little kids.
Last Mother's Day my youngest daughter gave me this canvas. It is a stunning present and hangs in pride of place in the main bedroom. The bright colours used here can add some sunshine to a dreary day and a quick look at the canvas always makes me smile. I love that I have this reminder of her tiny little hands. I can also imagine her delight at getting paint all over her hands to make these prints. While the gift is beautiful the emotions it stirs are even better, and that is what a good present does.
This canvas is inspired by the earlier one, it was created by both of my children to give to their dad for Father's Day this year, it would also be a great present to give to grandparents. I am sure you could make a large version with handprints from every grandchild big and small.
To make this one simply paint a tree outline in the middle of the canvas and then decide on some colours for the hand prints. Make sure you use water based paints to cut down on the mess. Don't be too concerned if the children smudge their hand prints a bit, it is all part of the beauty of a hand made gift. As Father's Day in Australia is in early Spring we went for a blossom tree with pink and purple handprints. This canvas is about 30cm square. You'd want a larger one if you have more than two children as their hands soon fill it. After it dried we added some glitter to the hand prints. When you have little girls, glitter is an essential even on a Father's Day gift.
3. Framed Family Hands
A third idea and a lovely Father's Day gift, is a simple frame of your family's hand prints. It could be used to celebrate the addition of a new family member. You can go out and buy a new frame or simply repurpose one you have or pick up a bargain at the local Op Shop. When I have made them before I have gone with simple black and white as I like how striking it is and also how it matches any home decor.
Cut a piece of cardstock to fit your frame and then use either acrylic water based paint or a stamp pad to ink each person's hand and 'stamp' their hand print on to the card.
This framed reminder of how small your children's hands used to be will be treasured many years into the future.
This year make your Father's Day gift decision fun and enjoy getting creative and just a little bit messy.