I’ve decided our personal goal is to fill my husband’s desk with artwork. Wouldn’t that be adorable? I mean, office areas can be so boring, so clearly he needs some colorful artwork from his sweet daughter to fill up the space! I love colorful kids crafts and my daughter loves to paint. So we combined both loves to make this colorful Father’s Day craft and put a smile on her daddy’s face!
My sweet girl and I love finger painting together (like when we made the heart bouquet and the pumpkins). This was her first ever experience using a paintbrush and she really enjoyed it! She made long brushstrokes with the paintbrush, spreading the colorful paint all the way across the page. It gave the finished piece a really pretty effect, since you can see the same colors as they are brought through each letter.
My daughter isn’t ready for cutting yet, so I just had her work on the painting part of this project, and did the rest myself. But for older kids who are already cutting and gluing safely, they could complete most of the project. I just like to modify our crafts for my sweet girl, since she’s still young.
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Colorful Father’s Day Craft DIY
- White cardstock paper
- Sharpie Marker
- Kids Craft Paint (we used these Crayola paints and loved them)
- Paintbrush (we used the largest one from this set)
- White Elmer’s Glue
- Paper plate to hold paint
- Ruler (optional)
The first step is to write the message on your piece of cardstock. I did this part on my own. I started with a pencil and a ruler, and sketched out my letters to form the message “I (heart) DADDY.” I had to erase a few times until I liked the way it looked.
Then I just took my sharpie and traced over the lettering so it would be visible through the paint. I used a sharpie instead of a regular marker, since the paper was going to be wet with paint and I didn’t want it to rub off in a big mess.
My next step was to get the paint ready. I like putting the paint we plan to use on a paper plate, so I can just throw the whole plate and mess away when we’re done.
Like I said, this was my daughter’s first time painting with a paintbrush. She loved spreading the paint across the paper, and I helped her dip the brush into each of the different colors so she slowly spread a rainbow of colors across the paper.
When she was done covering the word “DADDY” with paint, I rotated the paper so the “I” and the heart were more accessible to her paintbrush. Eventually there were a lot of colors in the fibers of the paintbrush, and each brushstroke looked so colorful and pretty!
When she was done painting, her paper looked like this. I could still make out the lettering on her Father’s Day craft, but it was now covered by a beautiful rainbow of paint.
I actually made my own painting on an extra piece of cardstock, too. It was fun being able to paint with her. I really did like using these paints! I titled mine “Deep Blue Sea.” 🙂
Then I set both of our paintings in a safe place and waited for the paint to dry.
Cutting and Glueing
By the time my girl was asleep for her nap, her painting had dried. Since she’s too young for cutting and gluing, I finished the rest of the Father’s Day project myself.
I cut out each letter and the heart shape, and set them out on a second sheet of cardstock paper. Once I was happy with the placement, I added a little white glue along the back of each piece & glued them each down onto the white sheet of cardstock.
I was a little worried the edges of the letters might curl up a little, so I set a book on top of it for about five minutes to help keep it flat (totally optional, you could just let it dry as is). Then I removed the book so the glue could finish drying properly.
My daughter and I both loved her finished Father’s Day craft! It’s so colorful and pretty. My favorite part is the heart – look at the pretty painted heart up close! It’s just lovely!
I think this Father’s Day kids craft really pops because the painted message looks so great against the white background!
This colorful Father’s Day craft was so fun to make. I just wrote the message on cardstock and outlined it with a Sharpie marker. Then my daughter used a paintbrush to paint a lovely rainbow of colors across the paper. After it dried, I just cut out the pieces and glued them onto a second sheet of cardstock. I love how the colorful message stands out so well on the white background.
We couldn’t wait to give my husband his Father’s Day gift! We actually gave it to him super early – my daughter handed it to him with a huge grin on her face as soon as he got home. She looked so proud! And of course he LOVED it (I mean, how could he not??). So now we’re well on our way to beautifying his desk at work!
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What Father’s Day Craft Ideas do you have?