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A Tribute to Dads+DIY Father’s Day Gift

Usually on this blog we talk about Moms, but since it’s Father’s Day, I think it’s time for a tribute to the dads out there.

Here’s the thing about Dads: I don’t think they get enough credit.

It seems in many tv shows and movies I watch, the dad is the comedy relief, the one who makes all the mistakes. They’re portrayed as someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing, isn’t important, or doesn’t want to be involved. This is ridiculous, inaccurate, and it just makes me sad.

Dads aren’t dumb in real life.

I know first hand that those media accounts just aren’t accurate. When I think of dads, I see the good they so often do. Dad romped with us in the living room when I was small. Dad told me just what I needed to hear as a teen when I didn’t feel good enough in dance class.

Littles’ dad was my rock and support during labor. Dad comes home from work tired, but scoops up his son and plays. Dad takes care of the baby at night, even though he knows he has to work in the morning. Dad gives up the “easy life” to take care of his family.

I see good dads everywhere. A Dads tenderly lets his son help him put groceries on the check out stand. A dad who spends hours at the beach playing just what his little ones want to play. A dad who patiently encourages his daughter as she learns to interact with other toddlers.

To Those Dads, I’d like to say:

Thank you! Thank you for trying your best! You are loved and you are essential. The good things you do for your children will make a profound difference in their lives. Also, a huge thanks from your partners in crime (us moms) for sticking with us through the craziness.

Father’s Day Mug Tutorial:

Littles and I are giving Levi this DIY Father’s Day mug. It might be kind of cliché, but sometimes I think it’s A Tribute to Dads+DIY Father's Day Gift | stitchesandsunflowers.comnice to give a simple and heartfelt gift just to show Dad’s how much they are loved. Also, I’ve been trying to plan this gift for a couple months and I haven’t come up with anything until NOW. Except pie, so really pie is the real gift. 🙂

I love having gifts with Littles’ hand print, but I’ve tried using his hand as a stamp and it always fails! I’m not sure he’ll let me do it in his sleep, but that’s the only suggestion I’ve heard for getting a good baby print. I’m open to more! Instead, I trace his hand onto paper and then trace that handprint with paint pen onto the mug.

Materials:

Paper to trace your baby’s hand.

Paint pens (the regular ones DO work a little, even though it’s better to use oil-based)

Mug (washed and dried)

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Step one: Trace your little one’s hand onto paper, trying to get as close to their little fingers as possible.

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Step two: Cut out the handprint.

Step three: Trace the handprint onto the mug with the paint pen and then color it in.

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Step four: Practice writing your word designs on a piece of paper (if you are SO good at typography I guess you could wing it, but that would never work for me)

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Tip: Before I baked it a dry paper towel scratched off the paint, so you can try that if you need a do-over or two.

Step five: Write/Draw your design onto the mug

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Step six: Bake at 425 for 30 minutes.

Try this if you are stumped for a Father’s Day gift with only a couple more days to go! It’s quick, easy, and sweet.

Love, Jess

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