Father’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for your kids to show their dad how much they love him – in a creative, fun-filled and budget savvy way. What’s more, dads are notoriously hard to buy for, making a homemade gift an even more perfect solution. So, without further ado, here are a handful of crafty Father’s Day gift ideas for your kids to make – with a little bit of help from you (or another responsible adult) of course.
Little Helper gift vouchers
This is a cute little present, easy to make at the last minute – and perfect for the child who loves to help. Simply cut up some card or thick paper into rectangles (or whatever shape you like, really) and – with the help of your kids – write a ‘favour’ on each one.
The limit is your imagination here: does daddy want lots of ‘free hugs’, cups of tea or help with garden jobs? The favours can be as big or as small as you like, and don’t forget to let your kids decorate them as they wish – glitter, stickers, drawings… whatever works.
It’s nice to present these vouchers in an interesting way – perhaps in a painted jar, a handmade card or a decorated pot.
If there’s one thing I know about dads, it’s that their desks are pretty much always in need of a tidy. A handmade desk organiser is easy to make and could revolutionise the art of tidying in your household.
Here’s what you’ll need: a few aluminium cans, cleaned of their labels and preferably put through a dishwasher cycle; some metal paint; sponges for painting; coloured rubber bands; some sticky labels; and some colouring pencils or felt tip pens.
Start by painting the cans different colours. If you hold the can with your hand inside it, it’s easy for your child to paint the outside. While they’re drying, make the labels – decorating them as you like, perhaps with a suggestion for what could live in the can – pens, pencils, odds ‘n ends. Stick the labels on, and further decorate the cans with the different coloured rubber bands.
Do (or do not) disturb door hanger
This is a fun little gift that might help create some healthy boundaries in your household. Does daddy want some quiet time? Or is he up for playtime?
To make the door hanger, cut a 25x10cm rectangle from a thick sheet of card. Round off the edges and draw a small circle near the top – roughly 4cm in diameter. Cut a slit from the top of the rectangle to the outline of the circle, and then cut it out.
With the template finished, it’s time to decorate. Remember, one side of the hanger should encourage interruption (a message like ‘Come in and party!’ could be fun), while the other should encourage being left alone. While your kids can just use pencils and pens to decorate the hanger, layering different coloured paper or card onto the shape can make for an impactful design, and will help thicken and therefore strengthen the hanger.
A great gift for the right kind of dad. All you’ll need is three one metre lengths of leather cording (different colours is best), a binder clip and some scissors. Start by bundling the three cords together and folding them in half – then tie a knot in the folded end, leaving a small loop – about half a centimetre across.
Next, use the binder clip to attach the loop to the edge of something sturdy, like a cutting board. Separate the cords out into three sections of two cords each, with the like colours together. Now comes the fun part – help your kid plait the three straps together until the bracelet is about 20cm long. You’ll probably need to adjust the strands as you go to keep them as flat as possible.
If you reach the end of your braid and feel like it just needs a little something extra, consider threading a wooden bead through all six lengths, before tying a knot at the bottom of the bracelet. Use some sharp scissors to trim any excess length off the leather strands, leaving about a half centimetre of ‘fringe’.
The old saying is true: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If you or your kids are struggling to find the perfect homemade gift for Father’s Day, you really can’t go wrong by making a delicious sweet treat. The great thing about flapjacks is that you’ll probably have most – if not all – the ingredients at home, and they’re a really easy project for your child to help out with.
To make the flapjacks, melt 140g of butter over a low heat, together with 140g of light sugar and three tablespoons of golden syrup. Once everything is melted, mix in 250g of oats together with a healthy mix of dried fruit, nuts and seeds totalling about 250g. Walnuts, chopped dried apricots, dried cranberries, sesame seeds and raisins or sultanas all make brilliant additions.
Spread out the mixture in a baking tray and cook at 160C for just over half an hour – or until dark golden. Wait to cool, cut into shapes, and enjoy!
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