Father’s Day Craft: Painting Tools

IMG_5007-225x300My husband is an exceedingly practical guy. He doesn’t enjoy having what he considers extraneous things lying about the house. If he can use it – fine. If he can’t use it – forget it. This doesn’t make gift giving very easy because as he gets older, the list of things that he needs, but doesn’t already have, is very small.

I had no idea what to do for my husband for Father’s Day, when I happened upon a great craft idea. My husband likes practical items such as tools, but instead of just buying him a new tool, I decided to have our three-year-old son paint and decorate the handle for him to make the gift of a tool extra special.

My three-year-old son is not a very crafty fellow. He would much prefer to be doing something physical over painting, however the promise of playing in messy paint piqued his interest enough to convince him to participate. I think the optimum age for this craft is probably closer to five than three – unless your child loves crafts and has enough patience to let the paint dry properly between coats.

Supplies Required:

  • A tool with a wooden handle
  • Coarse sandpaper
  • Primer (optional)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Varnish


  1. Use the coarse sandpaper to rough up the wooden handle. Make sure you sand off any smooth coating on the handle otherwise your paint will not stick.
  2. Paint the handle with primer and let it dry (Note: I didn’t do this step because I was already pushing the limits of my three-year-old son’s patience)
  3. Paint and decorate the handle and let it dry.
  4. Varnish the handle and let it dry.

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