Father’s Day is coming up and you’re probably wondering what to get dad. Instead of buying him something, why not make a gift for him instead? It will be meaningful because he knows you spent some time making it, and it’ll bring back memories of the kindergarten school days when you brought home arts and craft projects for mom and dad. Check out some of these ideas that are fun and pretty simple to make.
The Coupon Book
With busy schedules, you may not get to spend as much quality time with dad. Show him you can still make time for him with a homemade coupon book.
Materials: Cardstock in assorted colors, markers or other decorating materials, a one-hole puncher, and a binder ring or ribbon
- Cut the cardstock into even sized rectangles. Two inches by three inches is a good size.
- On one side of the card think of a name for the gift like “Dad’s Coupons” and decorate!
- On the other side, write down things you can do together. A weekend movie or helping him cook dinner is a good place to start. If you’re feeling generous you can even offer to mow the lawn or take out the trash.
- Punch a hole in the top corner of each coupon and secure with the binder ring or ribbon.
S’mores in a Jar
It could lead to a camping trip, or maybe just an evening together in front of the barbecue pit.
Materials: A clean Mason jar, large marshmallows, gram crackers, fun-size chocolate bars, and ribbon and cardstock (optional).
- In the clean Mason jar, put about three or four unbroken graham crackers in on one side. Next to that, put in the chocolate bars. There should be a space above the chocolate bars to put in the marshmallows.
- Close the jar and tie the string around the lid. You can attach a little card with a special message for dad.
Recapture a Memory
With a little bit of creativity you can recreate one of your baby pictures.
Materials: A baby picture, a two-photo picture frame
- Find a picture that you think would be easy to recreate. Try to dress similarly, wear your hair the same way, and be in a similar or the same location if possible.
- Pose the way you are in the picture and have someone take the photo for you.
- Have a copy made of the old baby photo and print it out along with the new photo.
- Put the copy and the new photo in the picture frame together.
A Windowsill Herb Garden
If you have a dad who loves to cook, this gift will last all year long!
Materials: Six-inch terracotta pot, acrylic paints, paintbrush, newspaper, a small plant of dad’s favorite cooking herb, and extra soil
- Use the newspaper to cover your work area and use the acrylic paints to cover the pot. Paint a special message, a favorite sports logo, or anything else dad will like.
- Let the pot dry entirely. Clean up any spilled paint before it dries. Once it dries it will become waterproof.
- Transfer the plant over from the plastic container and add the extra soil. Now dad can keep it by the kitchen window and add fresh herbs to his cooking.
A Magnetic Popsicle Stick Photo Frame
It’s time to take that popsicle stick picture frame you made in the 2nd grade to the next level.
Materials: Popsicle sticks, washi tape or paint, glue, a magnet, a wallet sized photo
- Take four popsicle sticks. If you are using paint, just paint them and let them dry. If you are using washi tape, lay out a piece of tape with the sticky side up. Put the popsicle stick down the length of it and wrap the extra around to the back of the stick. Do this for all four sticks.
- Use your photo as a measurement. Make a square with the popsicle sticks so that the edges of the popsicle sticks overlap the photograph a little. You should have parts of the popsicle sticks sticking out of square like a hashtag symbol.
- Glue the sticks together in this position and let it dry. Then glue or tape on the picture.
- Attack the magnet to the back and you now have a really cute fridge photo magnet.
Homemade gifts can actually be really cute and even useful. Before you go out and buy something consider a DIY gift. Although, dad will love whatever you get him no matter what.