Five Great DIY Father’s Day Gifts
Guest post by Jeremy
Finding the perfect present for Dad can be a big chore. Instead of shopping for a new tie or electronic gadget this Father’s Day, school-aged kids can focus on making one of these great, do-it-yourself (DIY) gifts for Dad. Any father will appreciate receiving one of these beautiful gifts from his child.
• Plain apron
• Various decorations, such as fabric paints, ribbons, bric-a-brac or buttons
• Fabric glue
Allow kids to attach decorations in a pattern of their choosing to the plain apron with fabric glue. Older kids who enjoy making cards and posters on the computer can use printable fabric transfers to make a customized design for Dad. Remember to avoid any decor items that are highly flammable.
Funky Felt Luggage Tags
These fun luggage tags are perfect for Dads who have to travel often for work.
• Sheets of felt in various colors
• Fabric glue
• Sturdy cardstock
• Transparency sheets
• Heavy ribbon or cord
Decide upon a shape to use for the luggage tags. Circles, squares and rectangles work best. Cut out two of the desired shape from cardstock, using an exacto knife to make one of the shapes a frame. This will provide the window for contact information. Cover the full shape and the frame in felt. Decorate as desired; objects such as baseballs, basketballs and briefcases are great choices. Cut out one copy of the shape from transparency paper. Glue the transparency to the inside of the frame. Carefully glue the frame to the full shape, being careful to leave space to slide in contact information. Cut or punch a hole at the top of the shape and string with sturdy ribbon or cord.
Tie-Me-Up Sunglass Case
This great sunglass case uses an old tie to make a play on a classic Father’s Day Gift.
• An unwanted tie
• Fabric glue
• Two velcro rounds
• Ribbon or string (optional)
This craft is easiest to make with a wide tie of relatively even width. Place the tie wrong-side-up with the end pointing away from the crafter. Fold the tie so that the side seams meet and form a pocket; it may be necessary to cut off excess material to achieve a pocket of the desired size. Glue seams together with fabric glue. Attach a velcro button to the front of the case and the tip of the tie to form a closing pocket. Attach a ribbon or string strap with fabric glue if desired.
These classic paperweights are a great craft for small children.
• Rocks of various sizes
• Acrylic paints and paintbrushes
• Craft glue
• Googly or button eyes
Paint the rocks in any colors desired. Allow to dry. Attach googly or button eyes to the rocks with craft glue and let sit overnight.
Nuts and Bolts Photo Frame
A framed photo is a classic gift that any Dad will love.
• A plain frame of any size
• Wood or craft glue
• Assorted nuts and bolts
Remove glass from the frame. Scatter the nuts and bolts around the frame and glue in place with wood or craft glue. Allow to dry thoroughly before replacing the glass. Remember to put a great picture of Dad’s favorite kids in the frame.
Happy Fathers Day!
About the author: Jeremy learned from his dad the importance of doing it yourself. He uses that knowledge to write about at-home style and home improvement for EasyApplianceParts.