“Helping Hands” DIY Handprint Gift


Fathers Day is less than 48 hours away, so naturally I just finished the DIY project with the kids I’ve been planning on making for weeks.

Procrastination, why can’t I quit you?

The theme for this year’s Fathers Day is Operation Garage Clean Up. I know that sounds horrible, but Scott is so practical, and that space is where he does so much that I am pretty sure he’ll love the garage floor coating epoxy kit we got him and this “Helping Hands” shelf the kids helped me make.

Here’s what you need:


A shelf with space big enough for your kids’ handprints. I got this one at Hobby Lobby. It has a removable panel that came in handy. I think it’s regularly priced about $16. Don’t forget to install their app and access their 50% off coupon in store (or print it off at home).

Paint. I chose a can of spray paint because it’s just so dang easy.

A Versa Tool for wood burning. This is optional, and you can choose to use something like a Sharpie if you want. If you decide to go the wood burning route, though, you can get this at Michaels (and probably Hobby Lobby). Again, don’t forget to try to use a coupon on it. I used at 50% off coupon at Michaels, making it $15.

First, I took the panel out, and spray-painted the shelf in the garage.

While that was drying, I traced the kids hands onto the wood panel that was removable. I also had Kendall sign his name on the back, and I wrote Leyna and Lowell’s names on the back, along with the date.

Next, I used the flow point of the Versa Tool to go over the handprints and the writing on the back of the panel. Super, duper easy.


The shelf dried really fast because spray paint is so awesome like that. So I was able to use the Versa Tool and the same flow point to write “Daddy’s Helping Hands” on the top of the shelf.


Finally, I popped the panel back into the shelf.




Keep in mind you can use this idea for all kinds of objects. While this is intended for Scott to hang tool belts and other things from in the garage, you could easily adapt this to a kitchen shelf if the recipient is a cook, or a bookshelf for the home office.

It’s hard to come up with cute, sentimental gifts that are also practical for my very practical husband, but I think this might be a home run.


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