Father’s Day is fast approaching. On the third Sunday of June, ie ., 16th June, 2013, we would celebrate Father’s Day, a tribute to our respective fathers, dads, papas and most importantly celebrate fatherhood.
We all grow up believing that Dad is the strongest person in the world. Nothing is impossible for Dad. This is especially true with daughters. They truly believe that father is the strongest man, father is always right and most importantly, father is always good. So, as a token for his love, his support, would you like to present a handmade gift to your dad, which he can proudly show it his friends and colleagues? Well, here are few gift ideas that you could think of.
Gift ideas for dads on the occasion of Father’s Day
Listed below are some of the gift ideas that can be turned into gifts for your dad on this Father’s Day.
Foot or Hand Impression
This is a very nice and creative gift that your dad would love. Not just love, but would love to hang it on a place where he could see it for many years to come. All you need is a 2 inch deep box in which your hand or foot can fit in perfectly. Fill this box with wet sand. Pack the sand tightly in the box and flatten the surface. Do not fully fill the box with sand, as we would need at least half an inch of space for the next step. Now put in either your foot or hand in the sand and give it a nice press which leaves an impression about 1 or 1 1/2 centimeters deep into the sand.
Take plaster of Paris powder and mix it with water and give batter like consistency. Pour this mixture on the sand impression and let it dry for about 2 hours. After the plaster dries, take it out from the sand and you can see a 3D type impression of your palm or foot in the plaster. Now attach this plaster to a hard and thick cardboard and make a photo frame that can be attached on top of this plaster.
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Printing Quotes on Dad’s Coffee mug
This is another way of saying you love your dad. Surprise your dad my switching his regular coffee mug with a printed coffee mug that has some intriguing, interesting, impressive quotes for your dad. You could try something like “My Daddy’s Strongest”, “The Best Dad in the World” or any quote that you want. We are very sure, after seeing such a coffee mug, he would insist he drink his coffee only from that particular mug and nothing else.
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Neck Tie Paper Bag or Gift Bag
This is an easy to make gift for your dad for this Father’s day. All you need are paper bags with no folds. You can get them local stores. Now, think of as a shirt and make a collar on the bag’s mouth. You can also add a neck tie or a bow tie to make it interesting. Try coloring the bag and the ties differently and Voila! Your Father’s Day gift is ready.
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Daddy’s Stache Jar
This is again a simple to make but an effective gift for your dad. You would need a couple of quart jars, few medium to large sized blank labels and black colored paper, that you can find in any convenient store. Remove all of the stickers and labelling on the jar. Take the black paper and draw out a big moustache on the black paper using a light colored sketch. Now, cut the moustache excluding the sketch and stick it on the labels that you’ve got. Now stick the label with the moustache on to the jar. Fill it with some goodies that your dad loves and do mention that on the label.
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Engraving on Pebble stone or River stones
Pebble stones are an example of nature’s fine craft. These stones have been carved naturally to an extent that they are smooth with no sharp edges and almost everybody loves them. Engraving on a pebble stone could be pleasing way to say your dad that you love him on this Father’s day. All you need are fist or palm sized pebble stones along with few tools like a large nail and hammer. Ask for an adult’s help for the etching process. Or else, you could find local shops that offer pebble stone engraving at reasonably less price. If engraving on a pebble stone is not an option, then you could write yourself a one liner on the stone by adding ink and glue together. The glue can make the ink stick to the stone for a long time, if left untouched.
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Key Chain for Your Dad
This is relatively easier to get it done. There could be plenty of shops in your neighborhood that offer customized key chain making. A key chain with words etched on it can require specialist’s help. On the other hand, you could also make your own wordings by opting for letter beads. First decide on words such as, “To My Strong Daddy”, buy the beads accordingly and make a key chain on your own.
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Homemade Fishing Rod for Dad
Your dad would love this gift very much and he’ll cherish this gift for years to come. Bamboo is the best choice for fishing rod because bamboo is nature’s answer for strength, flexibility and durability. Take 10 feet bamboo stick which is thick on one end and thin on the other. At the thinner side make sure that it is at least ½ inch thick. This much thickness is at least needed to support weight of 10 – 15 pound fish. You’ll need fishing line, a spool, bait, floating bobber and small screw rings which you can find in local convenient store. For better protection of the rod, paint it with wood varnish for long life and let it dry for 2 days. Next you need to install the spool at the base of the rod. An old thick wooden spool would be an ideal choice. Take a thick steel wire and wound it tightly around the rod. Insert the spool from the other end of the wire. Just leave behind a ½ inch space next to the spool and cut off the excess. Now, bend this ½ inch towards the spool to prevent the spool from falling off. Now, you need to install a handle on the spool to roll the line. Make sure you’ve wounded the fishing line onto the spool before installing it. Now, at various points on the fishing rod, insert the screw rings. These screw rings will act as the support for the fishing line. Install them at gaps of 1 foot on the rod and make sure to install one on the edge of the rod. Now, on the edge of the fishing line just a foot above the edge tie the bobber and tie the bait as well. After the fishing rod is finished do not throw the fishing line and secure the hook at there is a risk of piercing.
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Pen & Stationary Holder on Your Dad’s Desk
You could also think of making and gifting your dad a Pen & stationery holder. To make this, you’d need are popsicle sticks. You can buy a bunch of these sticks from a local store. Make sure that the sticks are straight and curved on the outside edges. Now, once you’ve got the ice cream sticks, get 2 cardboard strips, roll and glue them into circles. Take the popsicle sticks are start sticking them on to the outer edge of the cardboard rolls to form a cylindrical shape without leaving any gaps between each of the sticks. For the base, take hard cardboard piece and stick to the bottom. Cut off the excess. You could do some artwork on the pen stand to make it look more beautiful.
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Homemade Photo Frame for Your Dad
Make a photo frame for your dad, so that he can remember and cherish some of the best moments in his life, thanks to your photo frame. For making a photo frame, you’d need cardboard, colors, glue and scissors. All you need to do first, is to cut out space for a standard sized photograph to fit inside a cardboard sheet. On the outer walls of the cardboard, you can be as creative as you can be. Take another sheet of cardboard and stick to the three sides of the first cardboard, leaving only one side to slide in the photograph.
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A creative impression style painting for your Dad
This is another simple yet impressive handmade gift that you can think off for your dad. Take a large sheet of drawing paper. Mix some colors and take impressions of either your palm or foot. But, before that think of something that can go along with palm or foot impression. Draw it and then put those impressions. On the other hand, be as creative as you can and make the best painting.
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A note while using tools and sharp objects
During the crafting process, if you have to use tools such as scissors, cutting pliers, knives or blades, please take the help of a adult or ask for an adult to supervise your work. Be extremely careful while using sharp objects as people can get hurt. If you are crafting along with your siblings, cousins or friends do not play around with sharp object of any sort.
A Note while using paper and cardboard
Remember not to waste cardboard and paper. It takes lot of time for trees to grow and lot of energy and man power to make paper and cardboard. So, do not waste them, but use them judiciously.
Have a great time crafting some of the best gifts for your dad this Father’s Day. Parenting Healthy Babies.com wishes all our readers Happy Father’s Day in advance. Hope you have a great time.