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Crafts & Gifts For Dad - cont.

Personalized Baseball Cap

Dad's love hats, and yours is sure to especially love this one! Start with a plain white or tan baseball hat. Use fabric paints or permanent felt tip markers (be careful!) to write or draw on the hat. You can also pin things on the hat that are special to your Dad- maybe a golf tee, a baseball ticket stub, fishing lures, or a picture of you!

Terrific T-shirts

Won't Dad be proud to sport this "handsome" t-shirt? Take a plain white t-shirt in Dad's size, and put a piece of cardboard or folded newspaper inside of it to make it a smooth surface. Now tape or pin a sheet of construction paper over the center front of the shirt.

Pour several colors of fabric paints into various pie pans, or similar containers. Now press your child's hand into one of the colors and make handprints randomly on the front of the shirt. Repeat this process with other colors of paint.

When the paints have dried, remove the construction paper from the shirt, and use a squeeze bottle of fabric paint to write "The Best Dad- Hands Down!" in the open space. Allow the paint to dry for a day or two.

Footprint Craft & Poem

This is a very popular and special craft to make for Dad. Just trace your child's footprints on construction paper and cut out. Then either write on the footprint, or on paper the following poem:

"Walk a little slower Daddy," said a child so small, "I'm following in your footsteps and I don't want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they're hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For you are leading me.

Someday when I'm all grown up,
You're what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who'll want to follow me?

And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true,
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For I must follow you."

(author unknown)

Father's Day Book

Help your little one make a meaningful Father's Day gift that Dad will treasure! Decorate the front of your book to look like a dress shirt! You'll need a 12" x 18" piece of construction paper and some white copy paper cut down to 7" x 9".

Fold the construction paper in half to make a 12" x 9" card, with the fold on the top. Now cut a 4" slit on both sides of the card about an inch down and parallel to the fold. Take the resulting flaps and fold them down diagonally to make the "collar" for the shirt. Glue the ends to the card securely.

Now, use crayons, markers or fabric pieces to make the rest of your shirt design. You can use construction paper or fabric to make a tie or a pocket. (include a tissue in the pocket!) Draw stripes or polka dots.

Next, staple a few 7" x 9" sheets of paper between the covers of your book. On the front page write "I love my Dad because..." and draw a picture of you & Dad. On each of the following pages, illustrate special things about Dad and draw or cut out magazine pictures that depict activities that you enjoy doing with Dad.

A Handful of Love for Dad

This is an easy handmade card project! You need red construction paper and white copy paper. First, trace your child's hand twice on the red paper. Cut out the hand shapes and set aside.

Cut out a red heart out of the construction paper, and a smaller heart out of the white copy paper. On the white heart, draw a self-portrait and write "ME" along with your Happy Father's Day message. Glue the white heart to the middle of the red heart.

Now staple the hand cutouts to the top of the heart so that the fingers intertwine and cover the picture. On the top hand, write: "Look inside so you can see." Then on the second-hand cutout write "Who loves you best. Of course, it is...". When Dad opens it up, he'll see "ME!"

Family Key Keeper

Help Dad (and everyone else) keep track of his keys by making him this great personalized key keeper! You'll need a 2 1/2 by 12" pine board, some wooden paint stirrers (or flat wooden spoons), 2 picture hangers, markers, glue, yarn, and some screw-in hooks.

Attach the picture hangers to the back of your board so that Dad can hang his key keeper. Now, decorate the stirrers (or spoons), so that each one resembles a member of your family. You can use the yarn for hair, and decorate with things like googly eyes, buttons, pieces of felt, and whatever else you can think of! Glue the handle of each spoon to the back of the board, so that each "family member" is spaced evenly apart.

When the glue is dry, screw a hook into the board below each family member. Now, your key keeper is ready for use!

Special Key Chain

This makes a great gift, and is both fun and easy! You'll need a clean meat tray, permanent markers (Sharpies work great!), and a key ring. Cut the curved sides off the tray. Now use the markers to make a special design or message for Dad. Make a hole in the tray close to the edge.

Place the tray on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and place in the oven at low temperature for 2- 5 minutes. Keep an eye on it! As the meat tray heats up, it will shrink and get hard.

Allow to cool and add your key ring! A perfect gift for Dad!

Scented Soaps for Dad

Pour Ivory Snow into a mixing bowl and add water until the mixture is a stiff bread-dough consistency. Knead in some food coloring and add a few drops of men's cologne. Pinch off a small piece of the mixture and shape into a ball. Repeat the process until all the soap mixture has been used. Allow the balls to dry for about four days. To give as a gift, place the balls into a clear plastic cup. Wrap with colored tissue paper and tie with a contrasting color ribbon. Add an original gift tag to complete the package!

Dad's Cookie Jar

Or, make it a muffin, or candy jar! Just take an empty jar or coffee can- (make sure there are no sharp edges!). Wrap your container with construction paper and decorate with markers, fabric, paper cutouts, sequins, etc.

Now, make a batch of Dad's favorite cookies or other goodies. Line your container with colored tissue paper and fill!

Windchimes for Dad

Make a wonderful windchime mobile for Dad out of some of his favorite things- screws, nuts, and bolts! You can use a hanger or a piece of wood for your base, and then hang a variety of screws, washers, nuts, bolts, etc with string or fishing wire!

Hang the strings close together so that a slight breeze will make music!

Necktie Cake

Give Dad a necktie that he'll really enjoy this Father's Day! One he can sink his teeth into! Mix up a cake mix following the package directions. Now pour batter into 1 cupcake holder and the remainder into a rectangular pan. Bake according to directions, and allow to cool.

Remove the cake from the pan, and cut in half lengthwise. Lay the pieces end to end on cardboard or a cookie sheet. Place the cupcake at one end of the cake. Cut the other end of the cake into a V-shape. Now frost the cake and decorate with M & Ms or other goodies to look like a tie!

Footprint T-Shirt

I want to tell you about a Father's Day Idea that I did at the Day Care Center I worked at. I worked with the 2-year-olds. We had each family bring in a "Dad-sized T-shirt." We put fabric paint on the child's feet and had them walk on the t-shirt. We then wrote on the t-shirt "I walk all over my daddy." Then we took tool shaped sponges and sponge painted wrapping paper to wrap the shirts in.

~Submitted by Elizabeth


We just finished putting a coat of white paint on the handles of hammers. We will add designs in red and blue once they dry. We did this a few years ago and Dad's loved them so it was time to redo.

This year I went and bought dog dishes, and we're going to make puppy chow, place that in the dog dishes, with a tag, top dog. (Got the idea from another list. :) ) The dog dishes I got are in the shape of dog faces. Very cute.

Male Storage Dish

I have been racking my brain for an idea for a Fathers Day gift the dcks could make this year. I thought of something this morning. I had made one for my DH a couple of years ago and will be scrambling tonite to get the stuff. I went to the dollar stores and bought a cheapie plastic (hard plastic) covered storage dish (candy dish size) and we will be gluing (hot glue works best Tacky glue might work also). Depending on ages I will do it or lots of help esp with hot glue). I have a couple of Dads who are golf nuts so we will glue a golf ball on top of the lid and golf tees around the dish. One is in the military so will do one as I did for DH with a small toy tank on lid and army men around the dish. One loves to fish so it will be fishing lures. Whatever I can find at the dollar store that is "guy like"

~submitted by Diane

Picture Frames

Last year I bought frames at the $1 store and took the kids pictures. I painted their handprints in one corner and glued their picture in another. The middle was the poem below.

It was fun, turned out great, even made them for DH from my own DD's, they are up in his office, they look great too, I got brushed steel looking frames (very masculine).


Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls

But every day I'm growing -
I'll be grown some day
And all those tiny handprints
Will surely fade away

So here's a little handprint
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small

Have fun and good luck!

~submitted by Sharon in VA

Hershey's Kiss Paper Weight

In a plastic champagne glass, stuff tissue, or paper towel into the stem about 1/2 way. Mix plaster of Paris according to the instructions and pour into the glass. Allow hardening. Pop out the plaster when dry. Paint with brown tempera paint and wrap in aluminum foil with a strip of paper with a catchy saying. What you have is a big Hershey's kiss paperweight.

~Submitted by Amy in Florida

Hand Print Art

The children wanted to give Dad a lasting impression of their hands so we went & bought good watercolor paper. Then each child picked out acrylic paint in the color of their choice. Then we purchased a frame, glass & mat. I painted each child hand with the paint using a foam brush then positioned their hand over the paper & pressed..........then I took a gold paint marker & made a bow on the index finger. Then in the upper corner in calligraphy, I wrote......."Dad, we have you wrapped around our fingers." He truly loved the print & it now hangs in our foyer for a permanent the reminder of their little hands.

Someone Like A Father

Because some children do not live with (some do not even know) one parent or the other (or either), remind children that they can make gifts for "Someone Who Is Like a Father To Me" or "My Special Person"...

Cookie Jar

Make dad a cookie jar...for those of you lucky enough to have access to a stove, or use candy to fill... A small can (formula size) or you can use a coffee can.... wrap with construction paper, add features either cut or drawn...(if they draw, have them do it before you put paper around can) (make sure the add ears.....(cut out) just because it looks really cute with them sticking out. Get some cellular shades from your local window treatment store...the garbage pieces that they've cut and will throw out. They are accordion pieces that you need to cut into 1-inch size. You use for legs, and glue in the front part of the can, so when it sits on the edge of the table, it looks like it's legs are dangling over the edge, Fills with cookies or candy or whatever. It's really cute.

Dramatic Play & Games

Have children bring in favorite articles of Dad's clothing and have them play dress up. Play role-reversal with them, you act as the child and have them act like the Dad.

Miniature Backyard Golf!

Here's a fun game the whole family can enjoy on Father's Day! Part of the fun is being creative, and setting up your special "course"! You can play inside or outside!

You can make the "holes" by collecting cans or pails and setting them on their side. You can add a little Ziplock bag of sand or dirt to make them stay put. Make obstacles using furniture, toys, or cardboard boxes with holes cut in them.

No golf equipment? Use baseball bats, broomsticks or cardboard tubes for clubs and ping-pong balls or even plums or apricots in lieu of golf balls!


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