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Father's Day is June 19th. This year we'll be home to celebrate the day. We're usually on vacation and don't really make such a big deal about. I mean dads are lucky to get a phone call or possibly a tie or bottle of cologne, assuming we remember to pack the gift and take it with us.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Since it's so rare that we find ourselves home for Father's Day we'll be celebrating the day the right way! For sure we'll be grilling steaks in the backyard, that's my husband's favorite meal! The grandsons and I have also been busy making gifts for the fathers in our family, that's grandpa, their dad, and their 2 uncles.

Father's Day Subway Art TrayJust like the Subway Art tray I made for my daughter-in-law on Mother's Day I made Father's Day version. As yo may know right now I'm all about Subway Art. I love it because it's pretty and very easy to make. You can make it on just about anything including canvas, paper, card stock, metal, and more.

This Father's Day Subway Art Tray is painted on a metal tray I bought in Walmart. It cost me just under $10. I painted the inside of the tray with Plaid's Folk Art Chalkboard Paint, cut out a stencil on my Cricut Explore Air then painted the letters on with Plaid's Folk Art craft paint. When the paint dried I sealed the painted surfaces with Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Seal. Now the tray can be used for just about anything, however you can't place food directly on to the painted surface. How easy was that?

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Here's how you can make a Subway Art gift for Dad this year. I'm sharing the template here for the stencil, which by the way are words for Father in different languages. You can download and save the template, it's a jpg file, on to your computer and upload it to the Cricut Design Space if you want to cut it out on your Cricut, or you can print it and cut the letters out by hand.

By the way you don't have to print the words on to a tray, you can stencil them on to a canvas, wood plaque, or whatever medium you prefer.


Metal tray or medium of your choice


Chalk Board paint in black

Paint brush

Acrylic Paint in various colors

Stencil brush

Paper towels

Clear Sealer

Clean Scouring pad


Gently rub the surface of the metal tray with a clean scouring pad to lightly roughen the surface so the paints will stick.

Paint the inside of the tray with black chalkboard paint, 2 coats should do it. Also to dry completely between coats.

Dry for 1 hour.

Place tray in oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees.

When the oven reached the correct temperature turn on the timer for 30 minutes and let the paint cure.

After 30 minutes turn off oven and leave the tray in the oven to cool.

Download the stencil file and either upload to your Design Space account to cut on your Cricut (you can resize the stencil in Design Space to fit your needs) Or pop the file into a photo editor and re-size to fit your needs, print it, then cut out the letters with a craft knife.

Place the stencil in the tray and paint in the letters with whatever color you like. You can make your subway art monochrome by using only white paint, or you can use different colors for each word.

Let dry over night.

Spray painted surface with a light coat of clear sealant. Let dry then apply a 2nd. coat.

See easy peasy! Dad will love this Father's Day Subway Art Tray!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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