Father's Day Crafts Kids Can Make
Give Dad a keepsake Father's Day craft handmade by his kids. These DIY gifts include works of art as well as more practical items, such as gardening supplies and a travel kit. Dad will love the thought that goes into each one of these Father's Day crafts for kids.
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Stamped Clay Bowl
Create a simple clay dish to hold Dad's keys, loose change, or other pocket trinkets, then dress it up with a sweet message of love. Form the bowl from air-dry clay, and use small rubber stamps to spell out "Dad." Stamp or draw a small heart to embellish, then seal the whole thing with decoupage glue. (You can find it in crafts stores.)
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Concrete Pencil HolderMake Dad a stylish desk accessory that's as tough as he is. Little ones can make this copper pipe and concrete combo craft, but they'll need help with mixing the concrete and prepping the forms.
Geode Wine Stoppers
Cool geodes (available at hobby stores and often at children's science museums) make eye-catching Father's Day wine stoppers. Watch and learn how to make them.
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Even tech-savvy Dads make lists and keep notes, so give them a personalized Father's Day craft that takes just minutes to create. Purchase pocket-size notebooks and alphabet stamps (available at crafts stores). Squeeze a line of fabric block-printing ink or paint onto a paint palette or a piece of waxed paper taped to a flat surface. Use a 2-inch hard rubber brayer or flat 1/4- to 1/2-inch-wide acrylic paintbrush to spread the ink and create a thin, uniform layer. Select the letters needed, then apply color to each one individually by pressing it into the ink, then onto the notebook, spacing the letters as desired.
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Dad's keys just got a new storage spot. Create a handmade bowl by turning over a mixing bowl and covering it with plastic wrap (this will protect the bowl from glue). Make a mixture of equal parts white glue and water, then dip 1-inch-wide strips of paper in the mixture. Form the strips around the bowl (remember to lay strips facedown on the bowl for the inside of your new bowl; lay strips faceup for the outside). We used one layer of blueprints for the inside of the bowl and two layers of yellow-gold scrapbook paper for the outside of the bowl. Make sure you use a total of three layers to create a sturdy craft.
When happy with the look, let it dry. Remove the plastic wrap and bowl, and smooth any rough edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
Personalize a Terra-Cotta Container
Let your kids customize a crafty container for Father's Day with this simple, trendy technique.
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Shrink Plastic Cuff Links
If you're looking for a gift for a classically dressed dad, try these one-of-a-kind cuff links from the blog Creative Green Living. Let your little Picasso decorate disks of shrink plastic, then pop it in the oven and watch the magic! A few additional supplies found at a crafts store will help you complete the project.
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Reuse Dad's old college or sports tees to make cool keepsake pillows for Father's Day. Cut the T-shirt fabric to the desired size, allowing for 1/4-inch seams. Sew with the wrong sides together, making sure to leave an opening to fill. Use filling or forms to stuff the pillow; sew closed (push the filling to the bottom of the pillow and feed the unfinished edge through the sewing machine). Get creative with your design—different sizes, multiple shirts on one pillow, and embellishments can personalize the gift.
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Printable Father's Day Coupons
Let kids take the reins when it comes to choosing gifts for Dad with easy-to-make Father's Day coupons. Give kids a pen and a stack of our downloadable coupons, and have them come up with fun ideas to write on the coupons. Cut out the cover page, punch a hole in the upper left-hand corner of each coupon, and secure them together with a brad or ribbon.
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Kids and parents alike will have fun making this melty bead project for a Father's Day gift. Spray the inside of an oven-safe bowl with nonstick cooking spray, then line it with one layer of plastic meltable beads (available at crafts stores).
Editor's Note: The decorative bowl is not food-safe.
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Kid's Artwork Silhouette Decoration
Don't know what to do with abstract finger paintings from the little ones? Turn one into a neat silhouette as a crafty Father's Day gift from the both of you. Take a photo of your child's profile and print out. Trace around the image with a black marker. Set a sheet of paper on top of the photo and trace a clean outline. Place this paper under a sheet of thick white watercolor paper. Hold the papers up to a brightly lit window, and trace the silhouette with a pencil onto the watercolor paper; cut out with a crafts knife. Mount it on top of your child's painting, then frame.
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Father's Day Paperweight
Help Dad keep his desk tidy with one of these colorful paperweights made from stones and fabric scraps. Gather a few smooth, round stones from the yard, and decoupage fabric scraps onto them; let dry. Embellish with letter stickers for added pizzazz.
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String Art for Dad
Pick a short word or monogram and create this decorative art for Father's Day. Cut letters from paper in your desired size and place on a piece of painted plywood. Tap nails every 1⁄2 inch around the perimeter of each letter. Remove the paper letters. Using thin string or embroidery floss, tie a triple knot around one nail and begin weaving string diagonally from nail to nail to fill in centers of the letters. Knot at the end when finished.
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Fond Memories Frame for Dad
Celebrate a specific memory with Dad this Father's Day. Buy an inexpensive frame and matching mat from your local crafts store. Let the kids write their favorite things to do with Dad around the edges of the mat, leaving room for a picture. Frame and give to Dad for Father's Day.
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Easy Bottle-Cap Magnets
Vintage bottle caps (found in antiques and thrift stores) or caps saved from Dad's favorite brews make a perfect Father's Day gift when turned into magnets for the fridge. Kids can easily help with the task by picking out the bottle caps and (if they're old enough) helping you hot-glue small magnets onto the backs of the caps.
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Give Dad an artistic picture this year instead of the expected photo in a frame. Cut leftover scrapbook paper in colors that match skin tone, hair, and eyes into small pieces. Have your child sketch an outline of himself or herself on heavy paper, then fill in the outline with the paper scraps for a colorful self-portrait mosaic.
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Dad Rocks Picture Frame
Tell Dad just how awesome he is with this handmade Father's Day gift kids of all ages can make. Simply dress up a plain purchased frame with some rocks attached with a strong adhesive, and finish with a custom-colored message. Natalie of Katarina's Paperie even provides a free printable for the frame message on her blog.
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Colorful Custom Canvas
Let kids do what they love most and create a one-of-a-kind work of art that Dad will cherish every day with this easy handmade Father's Day gift idea from Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Simply use stickers to block off sections of the canvas and let the painting being. Then peel off the stickers to reveal the message.
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Garage Storage for Dad
Up for a DIY project that Dad will get tons of use out of? Purchase enough pegboard to cover a large portion of your garage walls. Paint the whole thing white for a clean look. Tape off squares to designate hanging spots for bins and tools. Either surprise Dad on Father's Day with a completed and hung system, or gift him with containers and hooks and let him designate an organization structure.
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Office Supplies Holder
Help Dad keep his desk supplies neat with this eco-friendly organizer made from recycled potato chip canisters. Wrap clean, empty canisters with adhesive shelf paper. Apply a strip of contact cement or silicone-type adhesive down one side of a container, and adhere it horizontally to another. Continue stacking and joining the containers until the desired size unit is achieved.
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Simple Coaster Set
Decoupage maps or special items—such as photos, ticket stubs, or artwork—onto square tiles to make a one-of-a-kind set of drink coasters for Father's Day. Back the tiles with felt to keep them from scratching surfaces.
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Ruler Pencil Cup
If Dad happens to be a teacher—or simply likes to measure things—make him this school-inspired pencil cup. You can repurpose old rulers for a vintage vibe or replicate with new, colorful versions for an update on this classic look.
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"I Love Daddy" Photo Cube
For a cute and crafty Father's Day gift idea, show off the kids with a photo-packed cube collage. Choose photographs of your favorite memories, cards written by the kids, or images of Dad's favorite activities to decorate the display.
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DIY Travel Kit
Turn Dad's to-go travel kit into a just-for-him Father's Day gift bag emblazoned with a personal message and new supplies. Squeeze a line of fabric block printing ink or paint onto a paint palette or a piece of waxed paper taped to an even surface. Use a hard rubber brayer or paintbrush to spread the ink and create a thin, uniform layer. Select the letters you'll need, then apply color to each one individually by pressing it into the ink or paint, then onto the bag, spacing the letters as desired.