Are you stumped as to what to get for your husband, your Dad, or grandpa as a Father’s Day gift or any tool loving person? Stick around and we will share how to make a practical personalized gift for the tool loving people in your life! The cool thing about this gift is that you can use (with permission) the wooden handled hammer your husband, Dad or grandpa already has in his toolbox. So go ahead and nail this project to impress the them!
Come on in and have a seat. Would you like coffee or tea? Please help yourself. With Father’s Day coming up, we thought we’d should you how to create your very own Personalized Hammer for your loved one!
We truly think that all those fathers, grandpas, or significant males in your life will love the “personal” aspect of this craft as you can make your message specific to each of them….And by the way – this isn’t only for males! If you have a tool loving woman in your life any wooden tool that can be sanded will work too! The same method will work.
Who Represents Your Father Figure
I think all of us at one time or another has had a male figure in our life that has influenced who we have become. Mine was my father. Who was yours?
I really didn’t understand my dad until I was much older and had children of my own. Don’t you think that seems to be the case for most of us? My dad was grew up in a generation where you were considered a good and successful father if you provided a roof over your family’s head and enough food to eat. You know those fathers – the generation of fathers who grew up watching Leave It To Beaver, Father Knows Best or Make Room For Daddy. I have to say that Dad was a VERY good provider.
From This Child’s Perspective
Success as a father was measured differently during those days compared to today. Now fathers are much more involved in the raising of their children, often times sharing equal time and participation with the mothers. I don’t know about your house, but in our house my father was a huge presence. I was small and he seemed SO tall and his voice was deep. He would go to work, come home and we’d eat dinner at a specific time. Then he would nap on the couch afterwards because he worked long hours. My dad wasn’t a person who was big on showing affection with his children. We had a sense that he cared and loved us, but there wasn’t a lot of sitting on his lap to read stories or for cuddle time. Do you think it might have had something to do with having six children and finding the time?
Dad’s All Grown Up
As I grew older Dad seemed to grow up or I should say my perspective grew up and I started to connect with him on a different level. I think as we become adults we start seeing our fathers as men with personalities instead of this big presence in our lives who was just a provider. All of a sudden it seemed to me that he became very interesting and he had opinions I was interested in hearing. His sense of humor was wonderful and could be contagious and appreciated. He got smarter too! My dad wasn’t perfect, but he was Dad, who did the best he could. He passed away in May 2010 and I miss him.
Who was your major male influence? Was it a brother, uncle, friend, step-father or father? Did they grow up too when you grew up?
I would like to leave you with this piece of advice. Life truly is short and we really do not how long we have with our loved ones. Please work hard (because life is not easy) to cherish those loved ones every single day!
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO DADS EVERYWHERE
To make this easy gift, all you need is a hammer with a wooden handle, some fine grit sandpaper, damp paper towel, permanent markers, Mod Podge, a foam brush, and some ribbon or raffia. If you are not confident of your handwriting or printing you can use stencils or stickers instead of the permanent marker.
- Sand down one side of the hammer’s handle to rough up and wear down the clear coat.
- Use a damp paper towel (or rag) to wipe off the sandpaper dust. Make sure the handle is clean and dry for the next step.
- Take the permanent markers and write out your message. (VeeBee is a control freak, so she did a few practice runs to make sure she would have her spacing just right.)
- Brush a coat of Mod Podge over the written message. Let the Mod Podge dry for 15-20 minutes and brush on a second layer and set aside to dry.
- Tie a bow around the hammer and you are ready to give a special Father’s Day gift.
And there you have it! Please let us know how you nailed this project in the comments below.
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Love & Hugs,
Denine & Wiebke