Father’s Day Crafts for Last-Minute Gifters
Father’s Day is right around the corner and even though the greeting card people have been warning us for weeks, you may still not have a gift for Dad.
I know I don’t. Hey! Last minute, again! Surprise!
I spent last night browsing some craft projects the kids could do for their dad to celebrate his awesome fathering capabilities on Sunday. Though I tend to think of Father’s Day as a pageant, a Fatherhood Pageant. In fact I’d like to see these competitions held each year so we can all be dazzled by the Fathering these men can do. They could have a crown and a sash and everything.
Instead let’s get the kids to make something for dad and since today is the last day of school [painful weeping], goodness knows we’ll have plenty of time to whip up something or other.
Get Crafty for Dad
My internet researching led me to Father’s Day Craft Box, a site where, among other things, you can create coloring pages for Father’s Day. I wonder if they have images of a dad about to have an aneurysm after stepping on yet another LEGO? Or a Dad fiercely determined not to stop and ask for directions? You know, true-to-life images. No, sadly, they do not. Instead they suggest bottling your favorite homemade bbq sauce and creating a custom label for it. (This beer and molasses sauce is always a hit at my house.) To make the label have your kids create a drawing, scan it, resize and print on label stock. Stick the label on a recycled beer or soda bottle, or a mason jar and you’re all set.
I love getting handmade gifts from my kids, and picture frames are always cute and usable, especially if the artist has taken their time and done their very best work. (I have an artist in my home who has been known to conk out halfway through a project and call an undecorated piece of cardboard a “frame.”) I think this DAD cutout frame from Martha Stewart (at right) is cute, and it looks easy to put together. What say the dads, are handmade picture frames the equivalent of a tie? Or would you proudly display this in your office?
I love when people give gifts which are really just gifts for themselves (ok not really) — but I honestly do like the idea of a Date With Dad card. Kids make a card, cut a slit in the paper and insert two tickets good for a fun dad/kid activity, like an afternoon at the aquarium or a trip to the movies. Martha reminds young gift givers to think hard about what dad likes to do. I’ll likely have to help the kids with their outing ideas because I have a feeling Maddie might suggest a really “fun” for grown-ups trip to Build A Bear at the mall.
Published June 13, 2007. Last updated July 26, 2018.