Father’s Day will be here in a few weeks and if you are looking for some gift inspiration, here is a craft that my kids made for their Dad.
We took everyday household items, along with containers destined for the recycle bin, and turned them into a fun meaningful Father’s Day present.
This can easily be customized to fit with your special Dad’s favorite things like sports or fishing, we decorated our containers with ties.
To recreate this craft you will need:
- Container (examples of container are icing, yogurt, spaghetti jar, peanuts, or a coffee tumbler. Tumblers like these can be found at the Dollar Store.)
- Construction paper
- Scraps of patterned paper (scrap booking sheets or wrapping paper would work as well)
Optional: Printed strips of “My Dad is special because…”. and Tissue paper.
First paste a large piece of construction paper to cover the outside of the container. Then, paste on the ties.
Tip: Cut out one tie to fit the container. Use this to trace the other ties so they are all the same size.
Depending upon your child’s age they may be able to put together this craft completely.
I cut out the pieces in advance for my daughter and then let her do all the pasting.
Next fill out the “My Dad is special because…” and cut this into strips. If you don’t want to use a printer, simply write the entire sentence out on pieces of construction paper.
You will need to fill this in for younger children and older children who can read and write may fill it in by themselves.
As my children and I sat down and filled the lines in, my kids came up with statements like, “My Dad is special because he rides bikes with me.” or “My Dad is special because reads to me.”
As I read through all the comments it definitely revealed, that it wasn’t the material things that impressed our children the most, but the one on one time.
After you have completed filling in the sheets of paper, simply fold, and place them into the container. Once all the paper was inside I added a piece of tissue paper and closed it.
The present is already wrapped and ready to go for Father’s Day.
When your “Special” Dad opens his gift, he will read all the wonderful things his children have said about him. He can then keep it at work or on a mantle, and the container can also serve as a holder for pens or office supplies.
Looking for other Frugal and Fun Gift Inspirations?
Here are 4 additional ideas:
• Coupon Book – Have your children make a Handmade Coupon Book filled with Hug Vouchers, and other things that Dad would appreciate.
• Breakfast in Bed – Let your little ones make “Breakfast in Bed”. This could be as easy as cereal or simple meals like toast and jelly. With a little help from a supervising adult, the possibilities are endless.
• Car Wash – Set up a Kid’s Hands on Car Wash. Mom provides the supervision, wash rags, buckets, soap, and water. Kids use their cleaning skills.
• Popsicle Frames – Either use leftover Popsicle sticks or pick up new at a craft store. Glue 4 together to create a frame. Then, label it Happy Father’s Day with a marker. You can even add adhesive magnets to the back for easy placement on a fridge or metal file cabinet.
What homemade crafts have you made for a special Dad in your life? What has been you favorite one so far?
The most rewarding part of this craft was seeing my husband light up when he read the messages. My 5-year-old daughter said to me “This was a good gift idea”.