This cute DIY project combines fun and functionality into a perfectly cute gift for Father’s Day. If you’re looking for a hands-on project the little ones will love, these DIY paperweights are sure to keep them busy (and gleefully messy) in the name of delighting a desk-working dad. To get started, we chose our favorite Father’s Day cards and let them inspire our works of art—it’s such an easy way to tie your gift together!
What You’ll Need
- Non-toxic acrylic paint
- A rock (try to look for one about the size of your palm, with a decent sized surface for painting)
- Your personalized Father’s Day card(s)—we used our Mustache Madness, Bright Bow Tie and Suit Up designs.
Step 1: Set Up Your Supplies
Pick a place to paint. Lay down some newspaper. Grab a cup of water for the brushes. Prepare your rock for painting by cleaning it with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt or debris.
Step 2: Paint!
Use the design elements of your greeting card to craft your paperweight. Just make sure to let the first layer of paint dry before applying second coats or additional colors (this could take up to an hour). If you have really little ones at home who may not be skilled with paintbrushes yet, we recommend using paint markers. The best trick for using these successfully is to paint your rock a light color first, let it dry, and then proceed with decorating.
Step 3: Add the Finishing Touches… Stand Back and Smile
Once you’ve got your paperweight the way you like it, don’t forget to paint the other side of your rock! Make sure it’s completely dry before turning it over. You can also help your little ones clean up rough paint edges with a thin brush… or let the art shine exactly the way they made it! After a day of decorating, the kids can easily make a gift for Dad to cherish.
Here’s how ours turned out… aren’t they fun?