Kids' DIY Father's Day Gift: You Are Special Today plate
Are your Father's Day gift plans squared away? If not and you haven't yet combined the two magical tools of dollar store ceramics and Sharpies, now is the time, friends! June is a great time to try my kids' DIY Father's Day gift of a custom You Are Special Today plate. If you were lucky to grow up with the classic red you are special today plate, like me, you know what a little treat it is to eat from this simple symbol to make a special day sweeter. Here's how to serve breakfast in bed for Dad on his You Are Special Today plate.
Here's what you need for your Kids' DIY Father's Day Gift:
- Dollar store or other inexpensive ceramic plate. I used a salad size plate to serve Dad breakfast in bed pastries on Father's Day.
- Sharpies in Dad's favorite colors - or at least colors he can see if he's color blind! Blues are usually a winner. Choose brights as when you bake them in the oven the fade a bit. Plus black Sharpie for outlining and lettering.
Here's how you make your customer Father's Day Gift of a You Are Special Today plate:
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
Now sit down with the kids and uncap your Sharpies for some fun.
Let them start by writing You Are Special Today in the center so that they don't smear their ink when drawing on the perimeter of the plate. You can riff on the You Are Special Today theme with lots of fun and funny options:
- you are so special today
- you make every day special
- you are special today and every day
If you need to adjust your design, simply scrub off the Sharpie with a damp sponge and get back to the art.
When you're done with your design, place the plate(s) in your hot oven and bake for 30 minutes. When your timer buzzes, turn off the oven and let the plate(s) cool in the oven.
Remove with oven mitts and cool further.
Now enjoy presenting Dad with your home-made plate.
To clean, hand-wash using mild soap and water. No dishwasher.
And be sure to mark his You Are Special Today plate uses with a black sharpie on the bottom of the plate.