Homemade Father’s Day Present!

I often find Father’s Day one of the most difficult days to make special.  What am I supposed to get Dad who has every power tool, every tie, and every “Best Dad in the World” coffee cup?

I started to think about what I used to do for Father’s Day when I was a kid.  First there came the crafts from Daycare or Preschool.  This gradually evolved into presents made in art class, and eventually the store bought coffee cups, ties, and finally the dreaded set of golf balls that seemed to re-emerge every year as a last resort. Thinking back over all the gifts that have been given, it made me realize that it was the homemade crafts that really made an impression on my father.

Yes, golf balls are always a much-needed necessity but it’s not golf balls that my father keeps in a drawer of all the gifts that meant the most to him.  In fact, I can’t tell which golf balls I gave him from the multitude of golf balls he finds in the bush looking for the wayward shot he just took.

However, I can tell which homemade presents I made him from the ones my sisters made. I can remember how happy I was making those crafts for my dad and I can remember how it made me feel when I saw his face as he opened them.

It is the gifts that come from the heart that are often the most memorable.  Check out our Father’s Day craft below that comes straight from the heart.

All you will need for this unforgettable Father’s Day present is:

  • Popsicle sticks or craft sticks – at least 8
  • Markers
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • White paper – thicker paper works best

Directions:

1)   Color the Popsicle sticks with the markers – if you are using paint complete step 2 first.

2)   Glue the Popsicle sticks together using the hot glue gun to form a square frame.  You will want to make two individual frames.

*Note: If you would like to make your frame thicker you can place 2 Popsicle sticks side-by-side.

3)   Measure and cut a square piece from the white paper. You will want it to be big enough to be able to glue on the Popsicle stick frame.

4)   Get your child to draw a picture on the paper – it doesn’t have to be about Father’s Day.

*Note: Writing a personal note to Dad on the back of the picture is a nice touch as well.

5)   Now it’s time to assemble the frame – you might want to double check that the picture will fit into the frame before you start gluing.  Trim down the picture if needed.

6)   On the back of one frame, in each corner, place a dot of hot glue.  Place your picture face up on the glue to attach it to the frame.

7)    Turn it over. On the back of the picture place another dot of hot glue in each of the corners and attach the second frame.  Make sure the colored side of the second frame is facing outwards.

8)   The picture frame is now complete.  Your dad will be able to hang it from either side.

Other suggestions:

1)   If you would like to hang up the picture frame on the fridge attach magnets to the backside of the frame.  Only one Popsicle frame is needed for this style of frame.

2)   You can glue a piece of thread on the back of the first frame – after you have attached the picture and before you attach the second frame – this will allow you to hang the photo up on either side.

Please let us know how these crafts turned out and any other Father’s Day suggestions that you found worked for you!

 

 

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