Photo Credit: My Little 3 and Me
Nothing says "I love you" on Father's Day like a present that kids make themselves (okay, maybe with a little help from you). Here are our favorite creative and easy Father's Day crafts that Dad will love -- and actually use!
Personalized Coffee Cozy
That Artist Woman
Where It's From: That Artist Woman
What It Is: A coffee cozy to protect Dad's fingers from a hot cup of joe
Why We Love It: Every time Daddy needs a "pick-me-up," which is probably often, he'll think of who made it.
How to Do It: Trace a cardboard cozy (get one at your local coffee shop) onto a piece of wool felt and cut it out. Write "Dad" in chalk on the wool. Using an embroidery thread and needle, stitch along your tracing, then add other designs like stars, hearts or #1 around it. (For younger kids, have them use a tapestry needle, which has a blunt edge). The edges can be stitched together by Mom using a sewing machine, or needle and thread.
Where It's From: Winthrop Chronicles
What It Is: A T-shirt that doubles as a toy
Why We Love It: There are those times when parents need a break, but the kids want to play, play, play. Here's a way to accomplish both -- and even get Dad a mini massage out of the deal.
How to Do It: Draw a racecar track pattern on the non-shiny side of a piece of freezer paper. (Note: Draw it in pencil first, then go over your final design with a black marker.) Put the freezer paper inside of a plain T-shirt so you can see the design through the back of the shirt. With a thin paintbrush, trace the lines of the racetrack with fabric paint. Then add in trees and buildings and let dry. Have Dad lie on the floor and let the massage (er, playtime) begin.
Be A Fun Mom
Where It's From: Be A Fun Mom
What It Is: Sweet moment-in-time photo for Dad's desk
Why We Love It: This simple gift is a great 2-in-1: an easy DIY craft and a special keepsake photo.
How to Do It: Have each of your kids make a handprint on a canvas, in biggest to smallest order, by brushing the bottom of their palm and fingers with paint and pressing evenly on the canvas. When dry, take the kids' photo holding their masterpiece. (The hardest part here will be getting your kids to sit still and smile.)
My Little 3 And Me
Where It's From: My Little 3 And Me
What It Is: Personalized "tie" that's a twist on the classic dad gift
Why We Love It: Young kids will be so proud when Dad sports one of these babies.
How to Do It: Cut out necktie shapes from white card stock. Give the kids markers and let them decorate the tie. Hole punch on each side of the tie's knot. Thread enough elastic to fit over dad’s head through the holes and tie.
Shrinky Dink Tie Tacks
Oh Happy Day
Where It's From: Oh Happy Day
What It Is: Father's Day trinkets made from Shrinky Dinks (genius!)
Why We Love It: Because now you can actually say, "Honey, I shrunk the kids!"
How to Do It: Resize your kid's photos on your computer to be 200% larger than the size you'd like your final product to be. On your home printer, print the images onto the plastic Shrinky Dink sheets. Cut out the images, leaving enough paper on top to punch a hole if you're planning to make a key ring. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lay out your pictures on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes. When cool, attach the key ring or super glue it to a tie pin.
Paper n Stitch
Where It's From: Paper n Stitch
What It Is: Pocket square for Dad, personalized with stamping
Why We Love It: Nothing is more vintage-cool than a handkerchief peeking out of your pocket.
How to Do It: Create a stamp by cutting your fave design out of sticky back foam, peeling off the paper backing and sticking it to the bottom of a cork. (Or you can just use a pre-made stamp from the craft store.) Make a stamp pad by placing a piece of felt on top of a dollop of fabric paint. When pressed, the paint will bleed through the felt. Then stamp all over a clean handkerchief. Once dry, heat-set the stamped designs with a hot iron.
DIY Desk Pencil Holder
See Vanessa Craft
Where It's From: See Vanessa Craft
What It Is: A sweet way to keep his desk organized
Why We Love It: It's an easy, inexpensive gift that anyone can make from recyclables
How to Do It: Cut decorative scrapbook paper to fit around a clean, dry soup can. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on the soup can and attach the paper so it fits snuggly around it. Find a sweet photo of Dad and kids and cut them out. Brush more Mod Podge on the back of the photo and press it firmly to the soup can. Brush another layer of Mod Podge over the entire can and let dry.
Camera Photo Frame
Secret Agent Josephine
Where It's From: Secret Agent Josephine
What It Is: An apropos frame for your favorite family snap
Why We Love It: In this age of iPhone images and Instagram, there's something sweet about kids creating an old-fashioned "camera"
How to Do It: Sand a small block of wood. (If you don't have one in your garage, check the discard pile at your hardware store or have them cut a piece for you.) This one is about 3" x 6" x 4." Let the kids brush or spray paint black paint onto the wooden block, a plastic peanut butter jar lid, and a water bottle cap. Once dry, hammer a small tack-nail into the middle into the water bottle cap and the top left side of your block. Then hammer the peanut butter jar lid into the front of the block. All you have left to do is to cut out a circular photo and glue it into the center of our lid. Say cheese!
I Love You Photo Frame
Just Another Day In Paradise
Where It's From: Just Another Day In Paradise
What It Is: A frame for a kid portrait plus a sweet message
Why We Love It: This easy and quick craft says it all. Plus, it uses Scrabble tiles -- perfect for your board game addict.
How to Do It: Print out a black and white photo of your child and place it in a frame. Find the tiles needed to spell out your phrase like, "I Love You" or "My Hero." Hot glue the pieces to the glass and -- voila! -- you're done. (Don't want to steal the pieces from your kid's game? Buy here!)
Floppy Disk Planters
Where It's From: Brit Co
What It Is: Old-school tech repurposed as plant containers
Why We Love It: Hello 90s flashback! Have fun explaining to your kids what these extinct relics are.
How to Do It: Rummage through your garage and back closet for random diskettes you may have. (Can’t find any disks in your house? You can always pick them up here.) Use a hot glue gun to create a cube with a top opening. Once your planter is dry, pop in a small potted plant.
Modern Parents, Messy Kids
Where It's From: Modern Parents, Messy Kids
What It Is: A moustache tray where he can stash his stuff -- get it?
Why We Love It: Now he has no excuse for leaving his keys, phone and change all over the counter.
How to Do It: Find a cardboard take-out tray or a clean white Styrofoam tray from the supermarket. If the tray isn't white already, paint it with acrylic paint. Once dry, spell out "Dad" using sticker letters. Use a marker to draw a mustache under the stickers. Trim the tray’s edges with decorative washi tape.
Sunny With A Chance Of Sprinkles
Where It's From: Sunny With A Chance Of Sprinkles
What It Is: A charming way to make Dad's coffee extra sweet
Why We Love It: Every morning kids will love writing a new note.
How to Do It: With painter's tape, tape off a square section on a solid colored mug. Brush chalkboard paint over the desired area. Depending on your paint, you may need more than one coat. Once completely dry, set the paint (making it dishwasher-safe) by placing the mug in the oven for 35 minutes at 300 degrees. Fill with treats, and present to Dad with a sweet message.
Pink Sugar Land
Where It's From: Pink Sugar Land
What It Is: Modern art he'll love to look at in his office
Why We Love It: Kids love the professional effect they get, and you love how easy it is
How to Do It: Create a white boarder around the canvas by wrapping painter's tape evenly around the edge. Cut letters out of the painter's tape that spell, "Love You, Dad," or another message. Place the letters on the canvas. Let the kids smear paint all over the canvas with their hands (or brushes for the neat-freak types). Once dry, pull the tape off and place your artwork in a frame.
Baseball Hand Print
Gaines Gang 4
Where It's From: Gaines Gang 4
What It Is: A baseball he'll love more than any hallowed game ball
Why We Love It: Each time dad reaches for this ball, it's like his little buddy is giving him a high-five.
How to Do It: Ink up your child's hand (you can even do it when he's asleep) and press it on a baseball. Let dry. Then sign and date it.