Father's Day Custom DIY Gifts

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DIY #1:
For me, what I think any father would like is a custom table top that is unique in reflecting his personality, whether your dad is a family guy, comic guy or handy guy.
Plus which dad wouldn't like a custom table for his man cave that he can brag about to with his buddies?

 Materials needed: 

  • Table, or furniture with a flat surface
  • Photos of anything
  • Pour-on high gloss finish
  • Mod Podge (any white wood glue, such as Elmer’s Glue works)
  • Water
  • Torch or straw
  • Brush
  • Scissors
  • Exact-o knife
  • Containers and Popsicle sticks for mixing 
  • blade and sanding stone

1. Print out your photos and cut them out. 

2. Starting with a clean surface, apply an even coat of Mod Podge on the table surface

3. Mix together a 1:1 ratio of water and Mod Podge in a container.

4. Place the photos on the table in any arrangement that you like, overlaying them to make a collage. 
NB// Make sure that all the pictures are flat on the surface and that there are no air bubbles or gaps between the pictures.

5. Let the glue dry for about an hour before putting on a layer of Mod Podge and letting it dry for another 4 hours.

6. Once the glue has set, use an exact-o knife or scissors to cut around the edges of the table to snip off any bits of picture sticking out.

7. Following the instructions on the box, pour equal parts of the high gloss finish bottles to make the resin and stir thoroughly.

8. Pour the mixture onto the tabletop and spread it around evenly. You can shift the table back and forth, and then use a card edge to evenly spread out the resin on the surface. 
NB// It is recommended to work in a well ventilated area or outdoors. Also the resin tends to drip so make sure you put scrap paper underneath the table.

9. Use a torch to heat up the tabletop, holding it three inches above the surface and uniformly going over the top. The heat will eliminate any air bubbles in the resin gloss or use a straw to blow out the bubbles.

10. Let the resin set for up to 7 hours. It’s recommended to let your table to dry in a dust-free area, as the particles will settle on the resin.

11. Once the gloss has dried, use a blade and sanding stone to remove any excess resin that dripped on the sides of the table.

DIY #2:

Another thing that I think would be a great gift a father would love is a sign that reminds him of the rewards that parenthood has to offer. This custom decor gift can have a rustic feel to it or an childish craft touch, do whatever tickles your boat. 

Materials needed:

  • 12 x 12 inch wood broad (size is optional)
  • wood stain or paint
  • letter stencil 
  • acrylic paint (of any color)
  • masking tape
  • sponge brush

1. Prepare the wood broad by making sure it is smooth, if not sand down the areas with sand paper or liquid sand. 

2. If painting make sure to primer the wood before applying paint, a good two coats-more if needed. If staining make sure to do a good two coats-more if needed.

NB// It is recommended to work in a well ventilated area or outdoors. 

3. Allow paint or stain to dry for a good 2 to 3 hours before painting on your words.

4. Take the masking tape and  tape the stencil to where you want the words/letters to go.

5. Start sponging on the paint on the broad. Let it dry for 1 to 2 hours before removing the stencil.

NB// I recommend using the adhesive stencil to prevent bleeding during the painting process. 

Best of wishes to all fathers and father figures.

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