DIY a special platter for Dad this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this weekend and I am so excited to shower my husband with love and appreciation. I know in my household, my husband does so much for our family and never expects a thank you in return. So, that is why I love Father’s Day so much. It’s a day or weekend devoted to him.  

Now, my family can attest to this — I am not the craftiest person in the world. Most the time my crafts end up looking like one of my children did them. But that’s OK, because I found the cutest craft and I’m going to have my kids help me make it for their dad.  

My husband loves to cook outside. He will use any excuse he can to use his new Blackstone grill. I know there are a few accessories that I could get him for his Father’s Day gift, but I wanted the kids to be involved. And one thing my husband always needs when cooking out is a big platter to carry the food from the grill to the table. So, I went to Pinterest to find ideas on how to do a DIY platter for him — and I found the cutest idea. 

It only requires a plain white platter, paint and Mod Podge. What you are going to do is have your kid or kiddos dip one of their hands in brown paint and one of their feet in red paint. Then, press the foot and hand on the platter. These will be your “burger patties” and “hotdogs.” Once that paint is dry, you  paint the buns on the prints — add yellow paint for mustard and green paint for a little lettuce. Make it fun! After you finish making your burgers and hotdogs, you’re going to take a paint pen or a sharpie and write their names under each child’s prints. To make it food safe, put a thin layer of Mod Podge on it.  

This platter coupled with a few handmade cards from our kids, and I think my husband is going to love his gift. No matter how you celebrate this weekend, I hope all the dads out there feel extra loved!  

Ann Burns is a Morgantown native, raising two young children with her husband, Drake. She writes weekly columns for The Dominion Post. Contact her at