Hello! This weekend is Father’s Day and Bugaboo and I were busy this week making a Father’s Day gift for my husband. Craft time with Bugaboo is an adventure, to say the least. He gets very excited to play with the crayons and paint. He is really good for the first 5 minutes, but then all bets are off. The crayons start going towards his mouth and the paper starts getting torn up! So I have found, through experience, it is best to be super prepared for craft time with a toddler!
My husband likes baseball, so we (yes, me and Bugaboo had a serious converstation about it) decided to make a baseball-themed gift that can sit on his desk at work. I have seen similar ideas all over Pinterest and loved the idea of putting our son’s handprint on a ball. We happened to have a baseball sitting on a shelf that we caught at a game a few years ago. We also had a signed baseball that we got from the ballpark for having our wedding reception there (yes, we had our wedding reception at a baseball stadium!). The signed ball was sitting in a closet and just happened to be in a nice little case, which would be perfect for our Father’s Day baseball to sit on!
- Acrylic paint
- Paper plate
- Paper towel and rags
- Case for a baseball
- Printer to print off sign for baseball stand
Step 1: Get everything set up! Whenever I do these projects, using his handprint or fingerprint, we do it in his high chair. I cover his tray with paper and put a craft bib on him. I squeeze my paint onto a paper plate and spread it around with the brush so it is a thin layer. I also get paper towel ready, both dry and wet, and a few rags so I can wipe off his hand immediately.
Step 2: Put his hand in the paint and then onto the baseball! And that’s about it! I was a bit nervous about this project since usually we are doing handprints on paper where we have several tries. This time I was just crossing my fingers it went well the first time! The bottom of his hand got smudged, but I was able to wipe the smear off with a wet paper towel. Add your child’s name and the date and you are all set!!
Step 3: If you want to put it in a case, it’s a nice touch! I wrote “World’s Best Dad” in photoshop and printed it to the size of the stand. I taped it on so it wouldn’t be permanent. After the ball was dry, I was able to put it all together. I think it will look really cute on my husband’s desk.
We also made a card to go along with the gift. Bugaboo’s fingerprints became baseballs. Cute and simple!
After making Daddy’s gift, we made a card for Bugaboo’s grandpa to pop in the mail. Again we used his fingerprints, this time to make dots on a tie! I drew the tie first and then did the fingerprints. To finish it, I colored around the prints and added the stripes for the shirt. I’ll add Bugaboo’s name and the date.
We are looking forward to a relaxing Father’s Day. We will hopefully be grilling some beer brats with pretzel rolls and playing cornhole in the backyard, if the weather cooperates. This weekend I’ll be posting a great tutorial on making your own cornhole boards! What are your plans for the weekend?