This is a woodworking project. Great gift for dad for Father's Day. Just slip that list of projects into the clothespin. And don't forget to put at the end of the list something like, "There's a piece of apple pie in the fridge with your name on it!"
These decorated photo boxes are a perfect place for dad to save all of the special cards and gifts he receives!
Approximate Time: About 30 minutes
white photo storage box (preferably non-glossy)
colored Sharpie markers
I purchased these white photo boxes at Joann's craft store. They were $3.99. Their 40% and 50% off coupons are very easy to get making this an inexpensive craft. If you chose to use Sharpie markers, Joann's also carries those and a coupon will come in handy. Other markers may work too, however I really like the vibrant colors and longevity of the Sharpies.
I let my kid's use their imagination to decorate the boxes. Each box was different and special. I just kept an eye on them since they were using Sharpies!
Once the box is finished you can fill it with photos, handmade gifts, treats or a special note. Then he can add other special things to the box over the years.
Make a great first aid kit for Dad on Father's Day from old lunch boxes.
Approximate Time: 30 minutes or less (allow for drying time of paints and glue)
photo copies of pictures, magazine clip art, etc.
Mod Podge glue
brushes for applying Mod Podge glue
spray paint, color of choice
clear spray paint to seal finished item
inside first aid articles (band aids, alcohol, tape, etc.)
First clean your lunch box well with soap and water and remove any old stickers or label that is on them.
Then close up your lunch box and spray paint its outside exterior with your color of choice. We used white. We left the inside its original purple color.
After the box has dried then gather any photo copies you have made from your favorite photos of dad or dad and child and any other clip art you like from magazines.
Decoupage those on the box first brushing the Mod Podge glue to the back of the papers then place your clip art down to the box and brush glue on top of the clip art. Smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles you have with your fingers. Mod Podge will look milky but will dry clear.
Let dry completely then spray paint box with 2 coats of clear spray paint to seal it.
Add contents inside and present to Dad on Father's Day. Great for dad to keep in his garage/car/boat for any first aide treatment he may need.
We used our clip art theme of shop tools for our decoupage and added a picture of them to the center of a cross shape with a red cross shape behind it and added the text words around it, then just put on other tool clip art to the other side of the lunch box.
You could use any theme you like; such as fishing, golfing, gardening, etc.
Photos show supplies used and both sides of finished box.
I helped my kids make these remote holders for Father's Day gifts. They are a fun gift that can be on display all year long and lend a "helping hand" to someone special!
Approximate Time: About 1 hr.
1 yd. lightweight denim fabric (yields up to 5 holders)
Prewash and iron your fabric.
Lay your fabric out and mark out a 10 1/2 inch strip, lengthwise, with the grain. The strip will measure 10 1/2 inches x 36 inches. (You can make up to 5 holders from one yard of fabric.)
On one end of the strip turn the edge under (wrong sides together) to make a 1/2 inch hem. On the other end, the pocket end, turn the fabric up (right sides together) to make a 1/2 inch hem. Pin your seams in place and then sew them. Tie off your thread ends.
On the "pocket end" fold the fabric up (right sides together) 7 inches to form the pocket. Pin in place.
On the long edges of the holder, turn edges under to make a 1/2 inch hem. Pin in place and sew them. Tie off your thread ends.
Iron all of your hems flat. Then snip the hem corners off at an angle, this helps it lay flatter.
On the pocket, measure to the mid-line. Lightly mark with a pencil. Sew from the bottom of your pocket to the top, along the mid-line marks. Next either back stitch or tie off your thread ends. This creates two compartments for your remote controls.
Now you are ready to decorate. I chose to put my kids' hand prints on the holders using fabric paint. I put paint on their hands using a paintbrush and then helped them put their hand prints onto the pocket. I used puff paint to write "Happy Father's Day" on the pocket.
Remember to let your holder dry flat for at least 24 hours!
Optional: You can add a small pocket to the other end and add rice, beans, or sand to keep it from sliding off the couch.
This is an easy recycled craft for Father's Day that kids can make for their dad out of an empty Pringles container. Since you are using hot glue, an adult needs to help.
Approximate Time: 10 minutes
empty Pringles container
hot glue gun
First take your Pringles container and cut it down the side with scissors or a box cutter.
Then cut off the bottom of the container. You will have one big piece of silver cardboard.
Fold it in half and cut. You will have 2 pieces of paper then fold those in half and cut. Keep repeating until you have 8 pieces of silver cardboard.
Take your pinking shears and trim off the bottom of one of the pieces of silver cardboard. This is the bottom of your saw.
Cut a diagonal line on top of the piece of silver cardboard with your scissors. Now your saw blade is done.
Use the scrap piece of silver cardboard to punch out two holes with a hole punch. These will be the rivets on the handle of your saw.
Trace the shape of a handle on a piece of brown heavy cardboard. Cut it out.
With a box cutter cut out the hole in the center of the handle.
Now you can glue your handle to the saw blade.
On one side of the handle there will be a little space. Fill the space with hot glue and put the blade in the edge of the handle.
Then hot glue on the "rivets" onto the handle you made from the silver paper.
On the computer you can make your little message for dad. I wrote "Best Dad I Ever Saw!" You can make one for Pap or Uncle or whoever you want. I think we may even make one for our Pastor. I made mine on the label maker of my computer so I got 30 messages.
After you print out your message cut it out to fit on your saw blade.
Also cut out a piece of construction paper to make a frame around your message. Glue the message on the construction paper and hot glue both onto your saw blade.
Lastly hot glue on the magnet to the back of your saw. I used some free magnets I got at the Health Fair this year for our saws.
Here's an easy and inexpensive gift for Father's Day.
an empty peanut butter jar
white construction paper or cardstock
address labels (for the lid)
hot glue gun and glue
unshelled peanuts (5 oz.)
Start by cutting the white paper or cardstock to fit the size you want on the front. Make it big enough to cover where the glue for the label was.
Write "I'M NUTS ABOUT YOU!" on the cardstock and put stickers on each corner. I used red star stickers.
Hot glue the cardstock on the front of your jar making sure you are covering up the glue. This works a lot better than using Goo Gone and it's cheaper.
Then fill your jar with unshelled peanuts. Tie the ribbon around the top of the lid and stick on the address label on the top of the lid where it says "JIF". I wrote #1 DAD on my label, but the kids could write anything.
These jars could be used for anyone and for any occasion. We are going to be making these in church for Father's Day and some of the kids don't have dads so they can make a jar for a grandpap or uncle, whoever they want to. Some may even give them to their moms. Father's Day is hard for some of the kids, but I remind them that we all have a Father in heaven that loves us.
If you're looking for an original way to send a personal message to a dad or other special man in your life on Father's Day, why not create his very own CD/DVD and design a case for him to store it in, too.
You can save words, pictures, music, or home movies onto a disc, place it in a case and it is ready to post - ideal for dads who work overseas or who are on active military service. And when your dad plays his disc, he can simply relax, sit back, and think of you all as a family.
Approximate Time: 45 minutes plus drying time
an A4 8.3x11.7 inch (210mm x 297mm) sheet of colored card or paint a piece of white card
pencil and ruler
pair of scissors
non-toxic PVA glue
embellishments to decorate the disc cover
virtual gifts; photos, text, music track, a home movie, etc.
To Make a CD/DVD case:
On the wrong side of a piece of card draw two squares side by side, each square measuring 5x5 inches(125mm x 125mm.)
Label the squares front and back as shown in the first photograph. On the front square draw two flaps, each measuring half an inch (15mm) wide.
Using scissors, cut out around the outside edges of both squares and taper the end of the flaps slightly as you go.
With a craft knife gently score along the three dotted lines.
Turn the case over so the pencil lines are on the inside and the right side is facing you.
Decorate the front cover of the case in a design that reflects dad's likes and personality. In the second photograph, I used collage scraps of paper to create a marine theme for a dad who likes snorkeling. Just let your imagination run wild and if you have children, get them to make a fun drawing of their dad or glue on a photograph of him.
To finish off, apply glue to both flaps; fold them inside the case and press down hard until the glue bonds to the back of the case. Let dry.
Finally, save some text, photos, music, or a home movie to your disc. Some ideas include: photos of a favorite family holiday, a poem or specially written message, a music track or an audio recording of a family member reading; or a home movie with your own family voice over's. Your disc can now be sent to dad to wish him happy Father's Day!>/li>
For a fun, easy and super cute Father's Day craft try this: Get a can of Dad's brand root beer. Cut out a paper tie shape about the length of the can and tape it on. Then attach a tag that says "You're a great Pop!" Have the child write a note on the back of the tag. This is great for sunday school classes, preschool or daycare because it is so inexpensive and still very cute.
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