Crafting with kids: A gift for dad

We’ve all seen the handmade Father’s Day crafts for kids to make. You know the ones, the popsicle stick and paper covered cans to hold pencils, the clay bowls for odds and ends and cards in the shape of ties.

We decided to do something a little different this year. We are moving into a new house next week and my husband has already proudly picked out the location for his grill. I thought we could add a little something to the area to jazz it up, so I paid a visit to my local Antique Mall and purchased an old sign.

The kids were more than happy to help me paint it for their dad.

We decided to paint the reverse side of the sign and began by sanding it down and then cleaning it with a cloth.

Sanding wood

Next, we applied a sealer to it.

Adding a sealer to wood

Then painted it with an outdoor paint. We chose Fern Green for the color. I thought that would look lovely up against the fence and give it a more natural earthy feel, especially with garden that will be surrounding it. The kids loved this part because they could be as messy as they liked. I actually instructed them to not paint to the edges and to leave gaps. I wanted it to have a slightly worn look. Of course they are 4 and there’s a good chance this would have happened naturally, but I’m sure if I hadn’t told them, they would have painted it perfectly, because isn’t that the way these things work.

Painting a sign for dad

While the paint was drying, I printed out some letter stencils and cut them out. We traced around those to create the wording: Dad’s Kitchen: Grill master at work.

Creating a sign stencil

Sign lettering

And then the three of us used a little teamwork to paint all of the letters.

kids painting

I added a little detail to the lettering and then free-handed the second line. Once that was dry, three coats of exterior varnish were applied.

And the result:
Dads kitchen sign

Handmade Fathers Day gift

I hope all of the dads out there have a very happy Father’s Day.

Happy Crafting!



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  1. Marcia (123 blog)

    VERY nice! I personally am not one for the crappy things; I like real stuff you can use 🙂

  2. This is so cute and I love that you got the kiddos involved!

  3. Looks great! I may have to adopt this craft for our family. I've been thinking and thinking about what to do for Father's Day from the kids.

  4. How cute is that?!

  5. Barbara Manatee

    nice idea! we're building a deck this summer so maybe my kids can make one for their daddy!

  6. Wow that is impressive. My husband got a handmade keyring this year, made at school which was actually cute and handy but I think he would have preferred this sign. How unique. I think he would have liked the grill more though!
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  7. Awesome idea…I have a bunch of Tiger Cubs (1st graders) and we can use a variation of this. I don’t think they will come out as nice, but that’s not the point… 🙂
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