We made this beautiful homemade gift for dad in around 2 hours. It was really very easy and the kids loved making this perfect gift for dad, by themselves (well, with a little help from mom, lol). We made this for under $30.
Grilling gifts for dad!
We chose this idea because it seemed easy to make PLUS my husband actually really needs something like this. I'm tired of his grilling utensils taking up room in my kitchen, they're so big and bulky! So this gift will kill two birds with one stone!
I picked up this cool board from Hobby Lobby - after discount it cost around $12. I'm pretty certain you could make this really easy though, if you want to go to those lengths. What's great about this is it already has a really nice finish and has the rope attached to the back - ready to hang!
I used some carbon paper to trace the words - after I printed them out on my computer. Some paint - I really didn't use too much paint, you could use a whole lot more though, depending on your design. I also picked up a couple of crafty creatures to glue to the board, for a little more flare - James really likes deer so this was a no brainer!
Lastly you'll need the hooks. I picked up 2 packs of 2 hooks for $2 each. As well as a can of finishing spray to seal and protect the paint. This costs around $8.
After you have decided where you're going to place the lettering, place the carbon paper underneath and trace the letters onto the board. I made sure to include both the kids in making the gift!
After the tracing comes the painting - this is what the board looked like before they started painting:
Painting DIY gift for dad
McKenzie started painting the project... but we quickly discovered it is easier for a lefty to start painting from the right - otherwise we're going to be making a lot of smudgy accidents!
They didn't do too bad a job of the painting - and remember - it has to authentically come from them so it doesn't have to be perfect! As much as you're going to want to grab their paintbrush and do it for them show some restraint and just guide them as best you can!
After the painting is done measure where you will place the hooks for the utensils. We just used 4 hooks - measured as best we could - again, it doesn't have to be perfect. Screw those hooks in good and tight. I let Mac start the hooks but once it got too hard I took over to finish them off.
End result? A beautiful homemade gift for dad!
If you make this at home, or something similar, please share with us in the comments below!