Dad’s rockin’ red lobster plate – the perfect guide for how to make a lobster BBQ plate for dad this Father’s Day

BabysitterSearch.com.au has partnered with Natasha Wilson from Crafty Little Grey Fox to bring you this handmade father’s day gift idea that you can make with the kids. Yep, it’s that time of year again. Time to find something that screams “We love you Dad!” in a manly, “dadish” kinda way. Put down the socks and jocks – we think that we’ve found your guy. Ahem…lobster. This is not just any lobster – he’s a Western Rock Lobster, found in the deep blue waters of Western Australia. So he’s perfect for the all-Australian Dad to use as a BBQ platter, a party plate or just a fun display. And he’s so manly. And cute. Just like Daddy…

To get started, you will need

  • 1 ceramic plate. It doesn’t have to be unglazed, this is optional.
  • Paint in your choice of colours. Again, you don’t need fancy ceramic or glass paint, any water based acrylic paint will work.
  • 1 lobster template
  • Scissors
  • Fine paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Jar of water to wash your brush
  • Old newspaper to prevent spills (optional)
  • Tracing paper


  1. Print stencil.Stencil
  2. Position stencil over plate and trace around the image, in pencil. Don’t worry, the pencil marks will come off later!
  3. Mix your paint. I have made a peach colour, by mixing red, white and yellow. Experiment until you get the right colour. Keep in mind that after baking the colour will fade and be a few shades lighter.lobster paint
  4. Paint.  Use darker paint first, then add a little more white to the mix and create highlights by painting lines and dabs of paint onto Little Red’s shell. If you make a mistake, simply wipe the paint off with a tissue, or rinse and start again.lobster
  5. Bake this plate in the oven at about 160’c or 320’F and cook for about 10 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool, before rubbing any pencil marks away with a wet cloth or baby wipe.lobster2

Ta-da! One very cool Little Red Lobster. You can now eat off this plate, but remember it is hand wash only!
See more at: http://www.craftylittlegreyfox.com/our-story/diy_animal_plates#sthash.2Zd1u3Q7.dpuf

About the Author: This was supplied by the team at Babysitter Search, a website that provides childcare solutions. Babysitter Search teamed up with their fantastic guest blogger, Natasha Wilson of Crafty Little Grey Fox – who wrote the article and is a genius at conjuring up crafty creations.
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  • Pity hubby isn’t a seafood lover. Maybe I could make one with a steak and a couple of chops on


  • oh cute, love it


  • A very cute and practical idea for Father’s Day.


  • What a great idea for a Dad who loves to have bbq’s.


  • Nice idea ! If only my husband would like to do bbq’s, it’s not in his blood…


  • Very cool thanks


  • Fantastic and it will be used for many years to come.


  • This looks really cool. My son’s past homemade gifts, but this would have been a great idea once upon a time!


  • That looks really lovely, great gift idea!


  • That’s a lovely idea !!


  • A very creative way to give a home-made Father’s Day present! Thanks so much!


  • Oh how sweet! This is a great idea


  • Cute idea and simple to do thanks!


  • Great! Really great creative ideaa! Thanks for sharing this!


  • Such a cool idea. I love the kids making things and love it when it can be used :)


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