Crafts

Grilling Father’s Day Craft

The perfect gift for the ultimate grill master in your life. As Father’s Day approaches, I have been working on a fun, easy memorable craft for the daddy, grandpa, uncle in your child’s life.

Daddy's Grilling plate

I love a good memorable gift that will keep over the years, so you can look back at how small your kids once were. This grilling plate does just that. I made a few platters similar to this for Mother’s Day. They are so easy and a great memory.

Pebeo Porcelaine 150 paint is the only paint that will use your oven like a kiln, making the paint permeant making it dish washer safe. This paint is non-toxic, and water based. This unique waterproof formula can be used on all surfaces that can withstand heat, including ceramic, porcelain, china, glazed earthenware, terracotta, metal, and more. It is completely removable from the piece or clothing until it is baked in the oven. Making this paint a perfect combination for memorable crafts and working with children.

IMG_3197I used a small platter I found on Amazon for $17, but you can use any platter, large plate, title, etc. you would like. I would even look at second hand shops to find really cheap platters to make into a memorable piece for pennies.

First, wash the piece. Figure out the design and colors you plan to use. I went with prime colors since this platter was for Daddy.

Before using any paint, I put their hands down on the platter to get an idea on size, and where they should be place. Once I figure that out, I made sure to have wipes nearby for mistakes and quick clean-up of the kid’s hands. Then I poured a small amount of paint into a disposable plate. Using a sponge brush, I applied the paint the girls hands quickly so it would not dry. I applied a thin to medium layer of paint, making sure to get all the crevices of their hands to make sure you could see all the veins and markings once the paint dried.

If you are not happy with how the hand came out, simply wipe the paint off with a wipe or wet paper towel and wait a few minutes to dry. Then try again. Once you are happy with how the handprints come out, move onto the details.

Since this plate was for Daddy and he loves to grill, I designed it around that. I hand drew my not so perfect a grill using, Pebeo Porcelaine 150 fine tip pen.

I mixed green and white together to get a lighter green for the grill’s base. I added the title, Daddy’s Grilling Plate and the year. Once it was dry, I had Dylan write her and her sister’s name on the back using the Porcelaine fine tip pen. Her name on the back really added to the memory of the plate. I plan to continue doing these type of plates over the years for varies things and you will keep seeing her handwriting improve over the years. And then eventfully Tabitha start to write her own name.

Wait 24 -36 hours to make sure the piece is completely dry.

IMG_3216Then, place the item in the oven while it is preheating at 300°. Set the time for 30 minutes. Once the oven hits 300º, shut the oven off. Keep the plate inside the oven until the time is over. Then when the timer ends, open the door the oven, letting the item cool down on its own. This will allow for it to cool down and help prevent cracks.

Once this process is complete, the paint is now permanent, heat-resistant, food and dishwasher safe.

I have always been crafty, so now that I have kids and a real reason to craft, it’s like a dream came true! Are you crafty?

Planning on making this project? Make sure to post a picture on Instagram with hashtag #Mandcrafts tagging @markdowns_and_letdowns. I can’t wait to see all your Father’s Day projects. 

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