Painted Tie Gifts the Kids Can Make for Dad

Handpainted Ties for Dad

Neck ties get a bum wrap for being unoriginal gifts, but I think that these hand painted ties prove that theory wrong.  What dad wouldn’t like a custom neck tie, hand painted by his kids?  It’s the perfect DIY craft for Father’s Day, Christmas, or his birthday.

How to Make a Hand Painted Tie

I love these ties from Living Well Spending Less.  Kids will have a blast creating their own designs, including a tie with a tracing of their hand print, or a stenciled pattern made with painter’s tape.

Handpainted Ties for DadThese crafts for kids are more than just special gift ideas.  They are beautiful keepsakes that you’ll enjoy putting in the kids’ memorabilia boxes for when they get older.  It’s the type of gift that builds happy memories for the child who makes it, as well as for the Father, or Grandfather, who receives it.

I hope you enjoy making this DIY gift with your kids.


Create a Clay Pottery Vase from Old Vase

DIY Faux Clay Pottery Vase

If you have an old vase lying around the house and you’re ready to throw it out, why not transform it into a high-end vase?  You won’t believe the results you’ll get when you use a little paint, clay and stencils to create something that rivals what you’d find at a designer show-room.

Faux Clay Pottery Tutorial

DIY Faux Pottery Vase

Debbiedoo’s walks you through the steps for taking an old vase and using stencils and clay to create texture and design on the vase.  By combining that with Terra-cotta colored paint, you give this vase the look of pottery.

Supplies needed to make this project include:

  • Vase
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Clay
  • Popsicle sticks (or something else to help apply the wood filler)
  • Stencil
  • Elmer’s Wood Filler
  • 60-80 Sanding block (or paper)
  • Crackle Medium

DIY Stenciled Shower Curtain

Stenciled Shower Curtain

I love this stenciling project.  I was just at Bed, Bath & Beyond the other day trying to find a shower curtain I liked and I came up empty handed.  There was nothing that I liked and I didn’t like the $40 price tag either.

This article shows you how to transform a drop cloth into a spectacular shower curtain.

Stenciled Shower Curtain

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Stenciling Tabletops and Other Furniture

stenciling tabletops

Yard sale season is underway and now is the time to pick-up some beat-up furniture and transform it into something amazing.  With a stencil and paint you can bring new life to an old table, hutch, bureau, or buffet.

Here’s a look at some ideas from Cutting Edge Stencils.

Stenciled Tabletops

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