Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

For Mike’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, I decided to step up Ryan’s homemade gift-giving a notch. For special occasions, I usually just instruct Ryan to scribble on a piece of paper with a crayon before signing “Love, Ryan” in my own handwriting. I figured that should be pretty easy to beat.

I wanted something fairly simple but artsy that Mike could hang in his office at work. I wanted something that really said “Dad.” I decided to go the literal route.

Unique Homemade Gift for Dad in Four Easy Steps!

Step 1: Place large DAD letter sticks on construction paper. I repurposed these (originally purchased at Michael's) from another craft project and tested them to make sure they would pull off the paper fairly easily.

Step 1: Place large DAD letter stickers on construction paper. I repurposed these (originally purchased at Michael’s) from another craft project and tested them to make sure they would pull off the paper fairly easily.

Step 2: Put out the finger paints and some brushes and let him brush his little heart out. I "helped" paint in a few areas around the letters that needed a little extra coverage.

Step 2: Put out the finger paints and some brushes and let him brush his little heart out. I “helped” paint in a few areas around the letters that needed a little extra coverage.

Get that full coverage, kid. Well done.

Get after it, kid. Well done.

Step 3: Allow to dry for about 20 minutes. Pull stickers off when paint is about halfway dry. This keeps the paint from bleeding but the stickers are still soft enough to remove without tearing the paper.

Step 3: Allow paint to dry about halfway before carefully peeling stickers off. This keeps the paint from bleeding but the stickers are still wet/soft enough to remove without tearing the paper.

Step 4: Frame!

Step 4: Frame!

Is it possible I’m becoming … gasp … crafty??

It even earned a coveted window spot in Mike's office!

Look! It earned a coveted window spot in Mike’s office!