Fathers play such an important role in our children's lives. When you ask them what they would like for Father's Day, oftentimes, they don't give much insight into material things on their wish-lists. Surprise the super dad in your family with something heartfelt and handmade by your little ones this Father's Day, not store-bought! 

Here are 4 great cards and craft ideas for your children to make by hand at home. Find one that is age-appropriate for your child. 

1. Make a personalized spatula for dad to use when grilling.

Supplies: find a spatula with a wooden handle (check your local Dollar General), fine to medium sandpaper, scissors, mod-podge, foam brush & paint pens.

Step 1: Lightly sand the entire wooden handle

Step 2: Let your children personalize with paint pens

Step 3: Allow the paint to completely dry

Step 4: Coat with mod podge

Step 5: Dry, and gift!

*more craft ideas by Skip to my Lou here.

2. Dad Rocks! Paper-weight 

Supplies: small pebbles, bowl, cookie sheet, 1/4 cup salt, 1/2 cup flour, and 1/4 cup water. 

Step 1: Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Step 2: Mix salt, flour, & water in the bowl

Step 3: Let your child shape the dough mixture, keep flattened to 1/2 inch thickness onto the cookie sheet

Step 4: Carefully press pebbles into the salt dough to spell out "Dad Rocks!" 

Step 5: Bake for 2 to 2.5 hours until dry

Step 6: Allow time to completely cool & GIFT!

Step 7: Optional- seal with acrylic sealer or clear coat paint

*Thank you Crafts by Amanda for this heavy-duty gift idea!

3. "Hooked on Daddy" handprint card

Supplies: blue, white & orange color cardstock, small googly eyes, super glue, black fine sharpie, small white craft pom-poms, popsicle stick, string or cotton twine

Step 1: Cut out blue cardstock to make waves for the front of white cardstock folded in half

Step 2: Take orange cardstock and fold it in half

Step 3: Trace child's hand from the wrist up to finger-tips, (place wrist at fold)

Step 4: Cut out the handprint

Step 5: Add the googly eyes and draw on a mouth

Step 6: Grab a popsicle stick and tie a small string around it. Glue the stick to the top of the card. Glue the bottom of the string inside the handprint card (inside the mouth of the fish)

Step 7: Use the white pom poms to look like bubbles in the blue water

Step 8: Write "Hooked On Daddy" inside the handprint, open the card to write

"This is a catch you’ll want to treasure,
My love for you has no measure
I made this from my hand to say,
I hope you have a Happy Father’s Day!" and your homemade Father's Day card is ready to be received.

*Thank you thebestideasforkids.com for this idea. Watch the video tutorial here: https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/fish-handprint-card/

4. Turn any gift into a Superhero

Supplies: Construction Paper, Googly Eyes, Double Stick Tape, Glue Stick, String, and a Hole Punch

Step 1: Cut the construction paper into a rectangle and fold it over grill utensils or tools. Use a piece of double-stick tape to attach it

Step 2: Cut a small strip to wrap around the top, attach with more double stick tape

Step 3: Add googly eyes to a small strip of paper

Step 4: Cut a starburst shape out of yellow paper

Step 5: Let the child write their Father's Day message on yellow starburst

Step 6: Punch a hole in the top of the starburst to tie a string through it, and attach to gift.

*Thank you Onelittleproject.com for these super superhero father's day gift ideas.





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