It is officially time to celebrate dads in exquisite taste by grillin’ up those burgers and enjoying a great outdoor Father’s Day afternoon with dad.

After a recent polling of dads in Stephens County, we’ve found that 37.5% of dad’s would enjoy a nice nap and 25% would spend the day grillin’ and chillin’ while 37.5% have other plans or aren’t sure what they are doing yet.

Whether its relaxing by the pool, spending time outdoors, watching a movie, throwing burgers on the grill or just having a family night at home, Father’s Day is for all the fathers and father figures in our lives to be honored and loved. 

Calling all Pinterest moms! Here’s your excuse to pull out all the stops and get a little crafty with your kiddos for their dad, as now it’s your turn to help your kiddos make cute little Father’s Day gifts and make this day one to remember.

Father’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a handmade, handprinted craft made by their children.

Here’s a fun and memorable way to give dad a creative, fun and useable gift from their younger kids that is special. Dad will enjoy this unique, decorative coffee mug he can use every day. This fun-filled craft idea will surely make dads smile at this cute little handprinted or decorated coffee mug.

Items needed to make the handprint coffee mug include a ceramic mug, big enough for your child’s handprint (Dollar Tree has some good ones); a paint brush; enamel paint; clear acrylic high gloss coating; and an oil based paint pen.

First, start by making sure the kids have their hands good and clean. 

Then, clean the mug with some rubbing alcohol to remove any extra dust so nothing prevents the paint from sticking.

Know where you want to stick your handprint, then paint your child’s hand and put it on the mug. Allow the paint to dry for one hour.

Using oil-based pens, write dad a cute saying such as, “Yoda’ best dad,” “You’re the best ‘Pop,’” “Have a fan-stache-tic Fathers Day,” or “You are a ‘tee’rific dad.” 

Don’t forget to write the date on the mug before it’s time for it to go in the oven.

Baking instructions can be found on the back of your paint bottle. Certain bottles say to bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then let cool. This step could take a couple of hours.

When your mug is cooled down, apply the acrylic high gloss coating and follow the instructions on the back of the can — don’t hold the can too close to the lettering while spraying.

Lastly, once your mug is completely dry and finished, you can add some of dad’s favorite treats to the mug, making it a little extra special.

For an easier, but still colorfully decorated coffee mug with “Dad” on it, you will need a ceramic mug, painter pens and stickers.

First, wash your mug and dry it. Then, apply stickers, such as “DAD” on your mug. Then let your child draw with the painter pens all around the mug, and don’t forget the date.

After they are finished decorating the mug, peel off the stickers to reveal the design. 

Place your mug in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Then let cool and fill with treats or a gift. 

 

Tamara Gregor is a feature reporter for The Duncan Banner. To contact her, email tamara.gregor@duncanbanner.com or call 580-255-5354 Ext. 133.

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