DIY Father’s Day Canvas

Hey Cuties,

June is here and that means graduations, weddings and Father’s Day. We will be celebrating all of those this month with family and friends. My boy is up next, middle school here he comes. At the same time I’m getting ready for Father’s Day. Men get a bad rap; some deserve it and others not so much. Mother’s Day is like a week-long event and Father’s Day is like a ten minute event. For the past 12 years I’ve made sure Father’s Day was a big deal in our home; even when Babe only wanted to work in the garage. I couldn’t do it without him and I want him to know he is needed, wanted and appreciated.

Over the years I’ve crafted things for Babe, got him a GoPro back when they were new. A variety of dope customized gifts because I’m that girl. This year has proven to be no different. Full Disclosure: I sometimes get so excited about my gifts that I can’t wait until the day he is actually supposed to get them. This was one of those gifts. He has other things coming but I couldn’t keep this one to myself.

This is an easy craft and no prior crafting experience needed.. Canvas art is one of the easiest things to do. It is already mounted and framed for you. I’ve done one with paint and crayon, while they are all different they are also easy and fun.

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Get your markings right

As always my DIY’s are for fun, so get creative, make them your own. There is no wrong way to do it. I decided to go with the word DAD but you can do letters, shapes or anything else you think of.

I used my cricut to cut out the letters that I was going to use. I cut them at 6.5 1/2 inches and my canvas is a 16 x 20. I did some faux measuring to make sure the placement was good. I made a couple pencil markings so I could take a look from a distance.

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Placement is good

My placement is good so I traced my letters onto my canvas.

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Play around with the placement of your items

I played around with a few materials I already had to get a feel for what I wanted to use and how they would look. I had some other creative things in my crafting area so I included things that would fit well with my vision. ie: the motorcycle and mustache

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I had some of these already, I acquired some from Babe without telling him what I was doing and why I needed them. When he didn’t give me enough I went out and purchased some. You can get a little baggy full for a buck and some change. DO NOT SPEND MORE THAN A BUCK AND SOME CHANGE! I included the actual names that were listed on the bag. I don’t know which is which or what they mean but that is at least what they are called. I secured them with Goop glue because I was out of E6000 and the nearest store was out of stock. It did the trick. Note: Make sure your glue drys clear. If it doesn’t dry clear it won’t be cute.

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Now we’re cooking

I just placed the items along my pencil outline. This keeps them neat and you can’t see the line anymore. There is no right or wrong way to place things. I got a little creative and added in some things that are special to Babe.

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It is all in the details

Keep going until you have filled up the entire thing. I included 2004 because that is when he became a Dad.

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I told you, all in the details

In the A I included a motorcycle because he is a rider and a mustache. I like the mustache, he keeps a mustache and it was perfect for the triangle in the middle.

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I included 2012 in this D because that is when Babe became a Dad again.

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In the lower right corner I included 2016 so he will know what year it was made. This will be most helpful when he is old and doesn’t remember. 😉

See that easy, this entire DIY cost less than $20; even cheaper if you have some of the materials at home like I did. You can get a blank canvas from your local Michael’s or any other craft store.

Video version of this tutorial.

DIY Father's Day Gift

 How would you make this perfect for the Dad in your life? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.


Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Jeanette

    This will be a fun project for my son and I to do together for my husband. He would love something like this and it’s family time which I love.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    That is so perfect! I LOVE how you incorporated those important dates and keepsakes into the letters. What a cool project.

  3. William Sweeney

    What a fun Father’s day craft!!! This would be perfect to hang in my garage by my tools if my kids made it.

  4. Jamie

    How fun! We have a tool box ( a big one ) full or random washers, nuts and bolts. We could whip this up without leaving the house.

  5. Bonnie @wemake7

    Wow, this is amazing. I love every detail about this. I would love to make this for my husband.

  6. Stephanie Pass

    This is such a cute idea! I need to come up with something like this for my kids to make.

  7. Kathy

    That is such an awesome idea. I think that my girls would love to make one of these for their dad. I know my husband would love it if they made it for him too. I think we may do this too!

  8. Rose Cottrill

    What a beautiful project. I will be showing this to my kids because they are looking for ways to make something especial for their Dad!

  9. Ann Bacciaglia

    This is a great idea. I will have to make one for my Dad this Fathers Day,. He is always fixing something.

  10. ricci

    This is a great Dad canvas and perfect for Father’s Day!! Great post!!

  11. Lori Felix

    I love this DIY Father’s Day Canvas idea. My daughter is a teacher and this would be a great project for her to do with her students next year.

  12. Michelle Cantu

    Perfect, my kids love to craft and I have tons of bolts and nuts lying around. They will love this canvas project.

  13. Kemkem

    That looks quite nice and l am sure any Dad would love to have such a lovingly crafted gift.

  14. Marsha

    This is really nice! A great gift for kids to do too. I really like the way you personalized it with the years and his interests!

  15. Lynndee

    How creative! Totally perfect for all the dads. Love your idea and I believe, any dad would be delighted to receive that.

  16. Tia @ financiallyfitandfab

    I love the Father’s Day gift suggestions! Hopefully your husband enjoys the gift.

  17. Travel Blogger

    Those nuts and bolts spelling Dad is so cool. My husband has a Harley and would love these.

  18. Donna Shana

    Now that was too cute!

  19. Stacie

    Now this is really clever Mimi! I could see many different ways to make this canvas.

  20. Maggie branch

    This is so adorable and such a unique idea for dad! I especially love the mustache that you snuck in there!

  21. Nikka Shae

    This is such a fun creative idea I’ve ever seen for a Father’s Day gift!!!

  22. Ty

    That’s a really cute and easy gift. Great idea!!!

  23. Tiffany Hathorn

    This is s really creative, unique, thoughtful, and memorable gift. I love the way you included the important things in there.

  24. Holly

    Very cute. Can’t forget about the Dads out there

  25. CourtneyLynne

    Omg!!!! Cutest canvas ever!!!!!! I might just have to have my daughter make one for hubby!

  26. Christine @MomsNCharge

    I absolutely love this and all the little details. I really like finding items that are unique and special.

  27. Valerie robinson

    Turned out great! Love this unique idea! I’m still trying to figure out something for my kids to do for Father’s Day.

  28. Tiffany

    This is so fun!! I love how you were able to add the custom touches with memories from his life as a dad and who he is as a person. PS – no craft experience is something i need for sure so thanks for that 🙂

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  30. Tysheira

    You are always doing fun and cute things with your kids. I know it’s has to be fun to have a cool mom like you! Again, congratulations on getting married !

  31. brittany

    this is a very cute idea! thanks for sharing. I think I am going to use this same concept as a baby shower gift.

  32. Kim

    This is cute. I like that you added little details like the year he became a dad. It would be nice if it had the subsequent years of birth for the other kids.

  33. Kendra

    These are so cute! I would def make this for my dear ol dad lol

  34. Tiffany Haywood

    This is so fun!! I love how you added little personal details within each letter. I think this is one DIY my Kiddies and even I could possibly pull off!

  35. Nadalie Bardo

    Such a fun craft idea for a Father’s Day gift. Sitting here wondering, am I too old to make this for my dad?

  36. D.Irie

    I absolutely love DIY projects. This one is super cool. The custom touches on it make it so thoughtful!!

  37. Kiwi

    Very crafty! I love the innovation on this!

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