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Decorate a Hammer for Father’s Day

Gift Projects for Dad that Your Kid will Love Creating

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Decorate a hammer for Father’s Day; photo courtesy Neltje Maynez


This Father’s Day, why not skip the boring tie, and get him something that he will actually like? And, the best part is, it won’t cost you too much, and it will be something that he will cherish for the rest of his life.

If your dad likes to be the handy man around the house, this father’s day, you should make him a monogrammed hammer. Sounds cool, right? All you need is a little patience, and an hour or two, and you will have something that he will use for just about everything.

What You Need:

  • Hammer with a wood handle
  • Sandpaper
  • Your choice of acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black permanent marker
  • Acrylic glaze or sealer

Let’s Make It:

  1. Sand the handle of the hammer so you can create a base for the paint that you are going to paint in the hammer. Choose a base color that you want to paint the hammer and paint.

  2. Decorate the hammer. Now let your creative juices start flowing! You can incorporate your dad’s favorite colors, his favorite team, or anything else that you can think of. Just remember, when you paint one side, you have to wait for the other side to dry! (Or you can hang it by a string at the head and carefully do it all at once.)

  3. Let the hammer dry and then use the permanent marker to add anything else you might want.

  4. Write the letter of your dad’s first name, or put a “D” for dad.

  5. Let everything dry, and then spray the hammer with a glaze or sealer. Make sure to keep your kids away from the spray.

Here are Some More Tips:

  • Take a look at your dollar store, you can find an inexpensive hammer there. If you want something better quality (that your dad will really want to use, make sure you ask him what kind of hammer he likes best; straight claw, curved claw, drywall axe, framing, sledge, 16 oz., etc.).

  • If you are a mom that has very impatient kids (like most of us do), it’s a good idea to sand the hammer(s) and paint it the base color, let it dry, and then tell the kids about the project you want to do with them. They won’t get impatient waiting, and you won’t have to deal with them whining about it.

  • Explain to your kids that they are going to have to wait. The more intricate your children want to make their hammer, the more intricate it is going to be.

This is an easy project that your dad will love! Happy Fathers day!

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