These Father’s Day paintings are simple and fun for young kids to make and quite easy on the budget too. This Father’s Day gift is sure to be a hit with Dad!
This year I wanted to help the kids make something extra special for their Dad. I also wanted it to be something that would look great in his office at work or at home. In other words, I didn’t want it to be a handprint craft or something else cutesy.
For the record, there is absolutely nothing wrong with those types of gifts and we have even made some of them over the years. Last year’s handprint craft and poem is sitting in my husband’s office upstairs. But this year I wanted to do something that would fit right in with the surrounding decor.
That’s how I came up with these sticker resist paintings I knew my husband would love. The best part is that they are so simple to make. They don’t cost very much, don’t take very long to make at all and young kids can easily help make them. When all was said and done, we only spent about 15-20 minutes on them and about $15 for both paintings.
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- 8 x 8 stretched canvases – I bought a pack at Michael’s and used a 40% off coupon
- Vinyl alphabet stickers
- Acrylic paint in 2-3 of the receiver’s favorite colors
- Mod Podge
How to Make the Father’s Day Paintings
I talked with my children about what short sayings they would like to put on the canvas. We worked together to come up with a few choices and they each picked the one they wanted to use on their canvas. Think things like “Best Dad” or “#1 Dad” or “I love you” While the kids were eating lunch, I placed the vinyl stickers on the canvases.
Then I quickly brushed a thin coat of Mod Podge over the stickers. I did this so that the paint wouldn’t bleed under the stickers. Make sure you coat all around the edges of each letter. There were a few small spots where I didn’t do enough and the paint did bleed a bit because my toddler was very heavy with the paint. I let this dry for an hour or two.
When the kids were ready to start painting, I placed 2-3 different colors of acrylic paint on a tray with a paintbrush in each color.
Then it was time to paint! My kids really enjoyed painting the canvas for their dad. They really thought about how they wanted to do it and took their time covering the whole canvas. Make sure they paint the sides as well.
I did help my toddler smooth the paint out a bit since she placed very large globs of paint on it and I was worried it would never dry or the paint would totally seep under the stickers. I also fixed up the edges a bit because they had some trouble getting those covered.
Afterward, I let the paintings dry overnight. I figured it was better to be safe than sorry, so I waited a good long time. Then I gently peeled the stickers off of the canvas.
I just love the way these turned out! I think they look awesome and I know my husband will too. The kids are super proud of them and can’t wait to give them to their Dad. Now if I can just get them to keep it a secret until Father’s Day rolls around.
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