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Easy Homemade Father’s Day Gift

We had fun this afternoon, making our Father’s Day presents, using nothing but plates and pens!

Plate and Sharpie markers

It’s so easy and didn’t cost a lot: just £1 for two plain white plates from IKEA, and a pack of Sharpie permanent markers, which were about £10. 

Sharpie decorated plates make great Father's Day gifts
A’s plate is on the left, T’s is on the right

I should have also used an apron… Anyone got any genius ideas how to get permanent marker out of clothes?!

Kid's dress with green marker pen
The green pen is a nice touch, right?

Anyway, I just washed the plates and set the girls loose with the pens! They absolutely loved it.    

Ava decorating a plate with Sharpie pens for Father's Day
I’m amazed at Ava’s attention to detail and concentration levels!

I discovered that if you’re quick, you can wipe off any smudges or mistakes with a baby wipe. I wrote their Father’s Day messages and the date on the back, as I’m planning to do this every few years as they are growing up.

According to several things I’ve read on Pinterest, putting the plates into a 180 degree oven for half an hour, and allowing them to cool should fix the pen and make it permanent. However after some tests with an old mug, I found pink lasted about four runs through the dishwasher, but black washed off after one. So after more research I discovered I bought the wrong kind of Sharpies – they should have been oil-based.

Ours will only be for display anyway, so apart from the odd wipe with a duster, they will be left alone. I baked the plates anyway, and I was pretty pleased with the results.

It was supposed to be a surprise, but Ryan related this conversation to me:

A: “Daddy, can I tell you a secret?
R: “OK.”
A: “I made a plate for you for Father’s Day, with a castle on it.”
R: “I think that is supposed to be a surprise!”
A: “Just don’t think about it.”

So much for that secret then!


  1. Easy homemade teachers’ end of year gifts | PinksCharming: Becky Pink's Blog

    20th July 2015 at 8:26 pm

    […] So buying/making gifts for her teachers has been hovering on my to-do list for a little while. I was  trying to think of something Ava could make herself, instead of buying something, as I want them to know we really appreciate what they do. So I reused my Father’s Day gift idea of decorating IKEA plates with Sharpie markers. […]

  2. Michelle Murray

    22nd June 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Personal gifts are just the best and I prefer presents like this than anything you can buy. Such a lovely idea and they look like they had fun creating them. Thanks for linking up to #ToddlersAndTeens over at Mummy2Monkeys

  3. Jenny @ Let's Talk Mommy

    21st June 2015 at 4:18 pm

    How creative and fun for the kids and yet no mess really. My kind of crafts for the kids. hahaha Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  4. beth

    18th June 2015 at 11:29 am

    So glad I came across this post 🙂
    Been wanting to do these with the girls for a long time! My partners mother turns 60 next month and my taid’s birthday too! so another great present for them I think 😀 I cant wait to make some with the kids! Great post and love their designs 🙂 and I love how she told her daddy the ‘secret’ haha xxx

    1. Becky Pink

      18th June 2015 at 11:31 am

      Oh good I’m glad it’s useful! Just remember to tell them not to wash the plate, it would be a shame for their lovely artwork to be washed away! Xx

  5. Helen Gandy

    17th June 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Ahh how lovely, something to look at in years to come 🙂 I love that the surprise isn’t quite a surprise anymore, kids eh 🙂 Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst and hope to see you again next week!

    Helen x

    1. Becky Pink

      17th June 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Yeah it’s virtually impossible to keep anything secret round here! And the pen on Thea’s top was a dead giveaway that we’d been up to something. Thanks for hosting #bestandworst! x

  6. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)

    17th June 2015 at 3:41 pm

    What a fab idea and they do look awesome and so unique. I bet Daddy is dying to see them now he already knows what he is getting! Reminds me of when my brother told me I was getting bubble bath for my birthday! Lovely post and hope Sunday is a great day! Thanks for linking up with #bestandworst and see you again soon xx

  7. Mary @TheHeartyLife

    17th June 2015 at 9:15 am

    Hahahaha this is mint – thats soooo funny! We did this with mugs on mothers day (theyre like 30p in ikea) its brilliant! I love kids ideas of secret keeping haha its brilliant! x #bestandworst

    1. Becky Pink

      17th June 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Ah mugs is a great idea Mary! I’ll remember that for next year ☺️ x

  8. Wander Mum

    17th June 2015 at 7:46 am

    What a great idea! Shame it’s not quite going to be a surprise but I’m sure he’ll love them. Sorry, no clue how to get permanent marker out – I still struggle with getting tomato out of clothes! #bestandworst

    1. Becky Pink

      17th June 2015 at 8:09 am

      Ugh tomato is dreadful isn’t it! Thanks for your comment, I hope he’ll like them x

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