There’s nothing as special as a handmade gift from a child…especially for Father’s Day. But what if the other parent is arts-and-crafts-challenged?
I myself do not have a crafting room, a crafting closet or even a plastic bin full of
wasabi? washi tape, rick-rack and acrylic paints. Although I love admiring all the beautiful projects on Pinterest, in my real life I am a crafting mama failure.
So when it is truly necessary to provide some hands-on art experiences for the kids, I go to the experts. Namely, Klutz, the awesome book-based activity kits for kids, and the Made With Love Kits by Celebrate It all-in-one packs that you can find at Michaels. I also throw the kids in the car and take advantage of the DMV-area outposts where kids can hand-make gifts on-site.
I visited Great Day Washington today to share these shortcuts, and you can watch the segment below. After the video I list and link to my favorite crafting kits and those local places where the kids can make gifts in time for Father’s Day.
Marker Everything: These are the markers that Markette used above to decorate the mug, and the ones the Klutz craft-masters used to personalize the baseball cap for dad. The included permanent markers can make their mark on all kinds of gifts for Dad. The Klutz activity book provides kids with a how-to for mastering more than 30 expert marker techniques and project ideas.
Lettering in Crazy Cool Quirky Style: Kids can make their cards and scrapbooks for Dad extra special with these colored pencils and guides for expressive lettering. They’ll love learning curly letters, goofy letters, and chunky, funky, blobby letters, too.
Build a Book: Why I Love My Dad: This is the special scrapbook kit shown in the news clip that comes with all the stuff any kid needs to make a unique book about Dad. The book has with tear-out pages for filling in all Dad’s special qualities. There’s also a double-tipped pen, and a bunch of craft supplies — foam shapes, letters, google-y eyes, and colorful papers.
When I went in-person to my Silver Spring Michaels store, all of these kits were 40 percent off in honor of Father’s Day! I also found on sale in-store the small canvas kits for kids with “LOVE” and “I LOVE DAD” with the paints and brushes included, as demonstrated by Chris Leary on the clip (not available online).
- Stepping Stone Mosaic Kit
- Sandalwood Tin Candle Kit
- Photo Transfer Kit
- Our Family Photo Clip Kit
- Creatology Kids Art and Canvas Kit
Local Arts Studios Where Kids Can Craft Gifts
What do you do when you want to help your kids make a Father’s Day gift, but you are without supplies, ideas and you would like to keep the mess out of your home? You outsource and enjoy an outing!
As is my modus operandi at A Parent in Silver Spring, I love getting out of the house with the kids and heading to the experts at one of the many arts-and-crafts stores in the area. For the pottery shown in the segment, I took the kids to The Mud Hut in Olney, and there Charlie, Eve and Alice selected the pottery item gifts for Chris, the paint colors and then had a great time creating gifts for their father. The studio glazed and fired the pottery for us, and two days later I picked up these beautiful and special gifts.
Other locations where you can paint canvases, pottery and/or make crafted gifts on-site:
Color Me Mine – Silver Spring, Rockville, Sterling, Manassas
Amazing Arts Studio – Gaithersburg
ArtJamz – Dupont Circle, Brookland, Arlington
Merlot’s Art – U Street NW
All Fired Up – Cleveland Park & Bethesda
Playseum – (in the Art Studio, wood, clay and ceramic projects) – Bethesda Note: Closed until June 10
Clay Cafe Studios – Falls Church
Jimmy Potters – Fairfax
The Arts Station – Leesburg
I’m sending you all good luck with any crafting you attempt for Father’s Day. Remember, if all else fails, there’s always J. Crew!
The Klutz and Michaels communications teams provided samples at my request. All other materials and on-site experiences paid for by me. No compensation received.