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3 DIY Projects That Make Awesome Father’s Day Gifts!

For Mother’s Day last month, we posted three DIY projects to inspire you to make something handmade for your mom. With Father’s Day coming up on June 16th, we thought we’d do the same for your dad! Because as much as he will love anything you give him, he probably doesn’t need another tie, right?

In the spirit of having a little something for everyone, we searched for three projects of varying skill level and time requirements. So whether you’re looking to really sink some energy into a project or would just rather buy him a gift and maybe make a card, we’ve got you covered!

FATHER’S DAY TROPHY

This project may be aimed at elementary school kids, but we think it’s an awesome way to show your dad how much he means to you!

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Supplies:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Sharpie
  • Stuff to glue, like photos, trinkets and macaroni

First, take a piece of cardboard (recycled from a box, perhaps?) and trace an outline of a trophy in whatever size you like. Then, cut it out. You should also cut out a small banner. Next, glue on as many embellishments as you like. You can use dry macaroni or elbow pasta, rice, random jewelry pieces, trinkets and photos of you and your Dad. Make sure to place–but not glue–anything you DON’T want painted. For the banner piece, write a message like “Best Dad” in sharpie. You’ll glue that wherever you like on the trophy.

Once everything is glued on and dried, spray paint the entire thing in gold or silver. Once it’s all settled, you can glue on the remainder of your items that didn’t need to be sprayed. If you want the trophy to stand up, cut a slit in the bottom and put in another piece of cardboard.

Source: Elementary Art Fun

“I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH” CARD

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Supplies:

  • Construction paper or whatever type of colored paper you like
  • Glue
  • Letter rub-ons or stickers

Steps:

1. Trace your hand, then cut out two copies. My paper was double sided, so I made sure that when the thumbs match up – the yellow side would be inside, and the blue side would be outside.

2. Cut out a strip of paper and fold it accordion style. Use letter rub-ons or stickers to add the words “I Love You” on the outside, and “This Much” on the strip of paper.

3. Glue the ends of your accordion strip on the insides of the hands and your card is done.

Source: Tiff Keetch

CLAY PEN

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Steps:

1. Buy the pen. As far as I know, there’s no major craft stores that carry these pens, so it may require an internet order. The pens will come individually wrapped in little plastic baggies — and if you’re anything like me, you may be a tad intimidated the first time you see one. At this point, they really don’t look much like pens at all. Don’t worry, though. The other thing they should come with is assembly instructions — and as long as you have those (and this tutorial!), you’ll be fine!

2. There should be two hollow barrels for you to cover. Depending on the brand, they may be exactly the same length, or one may be slightly longer than the other. If it’s important for your design that the “top” barrel be on top, be sure to check the instructions & verify the lengths first.

3. Cover each barrel with clay. This part is similar to what we did in the Basic Instructions. One difference is that the thickness of the clay sheet is more important here — I think the pen kits look better if the covered barrels are the same thickness as (or a little thinner than) the pen findings. I used the fourth thickest setting on my Atlas pasta machine for the Amazing Twist Pen, and the fifth thickest setting for the Mini Keychain Pen. You’ll have to eyeball it & see what works for you.

4. Bake & cool. Be sure to do all your sanding, glazing, or other finishing before assembly.

For specific assembly instructions, click on the blog link below!

Source: Crafty Goat

Girls, what are you planning to do for your dad for Father’s Day this year? Will you try any of these DIY projects? 

Image: Thinkstock.com

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4 Comments

  1. Deeblves3

    Posted by Deeblves3 on June 8, 2013 at 23:29

    I love the second, project!!:)

  2. LoVeYoUrSeLf98

    Posted by LoVeYoUrSeLf98 on June 8, 2013 at 12:18

    My birthday is the same day as father’s day..then my dad’s birthday is on the 26th. They need to make a daughter’s/son’s day hehe 🙂