Father’s Day is just around the corner! Have you decided on a gift yet? We love to give things that are meaningful and thoughtful, especially when they are homemade and generally inexpensive. Last year we did the “Tied Together” gift (see the post here.) This year, we have a couple things up our sleeve. The first is a homemade canvas print with a poem made for dads.
The “A Dad’s Toolbox” gift can be personalized easily and can even be paired with a toolbox containing the items listed if desired (dads love tools!) Frame it, make a custom kid-made frame (like this Nuts and Bolts picture frame from One Time Through), or make a custom canvas print like I did (you can do this with wood too and even add the nuts and bolts like at the link above)!
Because I love all my readers, I am offering my printable for FREE to you!
What You Need
- Art canvas (I purchased an inexpensive 8 x 10 one–affiliate link)
- A Dad’s Toolbox Printable (trim if needed–print on printer paper or photo paper; photo paper works best with Mod Podge)
- Acrylic paint (I used brown and gold to give it a wooden look, but you can paint it any color and pattern you wish–affiliate link)
- Mod Podge (affiliate link)
- Foam brush (affiliate link)
- Saw tooth mounting brackets (optional–affiliate link)
1. Paint the canvas. As I mentioned, I painted mine brown then let it dry and added gold accents to give the look of wood. You can do any color or pattern you wish that would look good with the printable; perhaps Dad’s favorite color. Don’t forget the edges. Let dry.
2. Add a thin layer of Mod Podge to the canvas using a foam brush.
3. Carefully apply the printable to the canvas. If you trimmed the piece so it is no longer the size of the canvas, make sure you center it. Carefully flatten the paper onto the canvas.
4. Let the canvas dry briefly.
5. Add a generous layer of Mod Podge to the canvas, covering the printable, especially the paper edges so it stays attached. Let dry. (The coloring in the final is a little bit off as I re-printed the picture with low ink.)
6. If needed, add a mounting bracket to the back to hang.
If you choose to give an actual toolbox with this gift, here are the items to include (affiliate links):
- Safety Goggles
- Bottle of Water
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