An inexpensive, homemade gift for kids to make for a Father, grandfather, or the special father-figure in their life.
Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday in June, which means, Dad’s special day is just around the corner. If you’re looking for an easy homemade Father’s Day gift for your kids or students to make this year, our tape resist mug and bowl are just great.
Like all of the homemade gifts we’ve made here in my daycare over the years, this craft is easy, inexpensive, and the results are beautiful.
For this easy homemade Father’s Day gift, you’ll need:
- white mug and bowl (dollar store)
- acrylic craft paint
- paint brushes
- acrylic craft varnish/sealer
- painter’s tape
Before you begin, wash and dry your mug and bowl to remove any possible residue.
Tear your painter’s tape into thin strips, and press it onto your bowl and mug to make a design or to spell out your message.
We went with a simple “Dad” on the mug, with a design on the reverse, and a design of stripes on our bowl.
Make sure you rub any air bubbles out of the tape, and that it’s nice and tight to the bowl so the paint won’t seep underneath.
When you’re happy with your tape design, it’s time to paint!
Cover your entire piece with a variety of colours, and let the paint dry.
Then, carefully pull all of the pieces of tape off to reveal your design.
The hooligans loved this part. There were many ooh’s and aah’s as the tape came off.
Not gonna lie… I love this part of the resist-art project too!
Aren’t they lovely?
Ooh! Daddy will be so surprised!
Sealing your mug and bowl:
You need to seal/varnish your piece for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, the sealer will add a nice sheen to your piece, and make the colours really pop.
Secondly, sealer will protect the paint, and prevent it from scratching or peeling off.
A word of advice:
Let me start by saying, we did not bake our pieces to set the paint before varnishing, and I wish we had. I’ve painted lots of glassware and ceramic ware in the past, and I know that it’s totally with the time it takes to bake the pieces first. When you bake them, your paint really “sets”, and won’t streak or flake as you’re varnishing. We had a bit of flaking happen because we didn’t bake. It’s not a huge deal, but you’ll get the best results if you bake first, so here’s what you do:
Place your pieces on something solid like a cookie sheet, and place them in a COLD oven.
Close the oven door, and heat the oven to 225ºF.
Bake for 40 minutes, and then turn the oven off. Do not open the door until oven has cooled completely.
When completely cool, remove pieces from the oven, and give them a couple of coats of varnish/sealer, allowing varnish to dry completely between coats.
Can you use your mug and bowl for food and drink?
Yes, but let me clarify:
I would hesitate to use our particular bowl and mug for eating and drinking. With our design, our paint and varnish comes very close to the top edge. The varnish is non-toxic, but I’m just not sure I’d want it coming in contact with lips/food often. For that reason, our set will be be purely decorative, and Dad can use it to hold pens, pencils, coins etc.
If your paint and varnish was well below the top edge, you could certainly use your pieces for food and drink. I’ve painted many wine glasses punch bowls and glass juice jugs over the years, and they’ve all held up beautifully.
Just be sure to hand wash only.
Here’s another terrific way to decorate a mug! I love this confetti art by Today’s Creative Life.
Looking for more ideas like this? Here are 10 more cool ways to decorate a mug by DIY Candy!
And here’s another cool homemade gift for Dad! Check out these comic book coasters that kids can make for their super-hero father!
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