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Coming up with a cool Father’s Day gift is not an easy task, but coming up with a good homemade gift for dad is even more difficult. If you search the web, you will find out that the homemade gift ideas are pretty much reduced to mason jars filled with candy or nuts, mugs with handprints on them and “World’s Best Dad” stuff, which are not bad but definitely expected.
In this article, we have rounded up some unique and certainly creative ideas from around the web for DIY gifts that kids can make their dads, grandpas or stepdads (with the help of their moms, of course).
1. Book About Dad Illustrated by the Kids
Most kids love drawing, painting and making up stories, so they will have a lot of fun with this first Father’s Day gift idea. It is an interesting book about a superhero dad, called Dad Can Do Anything, that kids can illustrate from cover to cover. Simple sentences are written on top or bottom of each page to tell the story and the rest of the page is left blank for the kid to draw pictures.
This is the perfect mix between a thoughtful handmade gift and an inexpensive store-bought gift that dads will keep for a very long time. We all know that a lot of gifts toddlers and kids make end up in the trash a month later, but this one won’t be one of them.
2. DIY Custom Key Ring From Child’s Artwork
You have probably heard about companies that make jewelry and key rings from children’s drawing. These are very meaningful and unique keepsake gifts that every parent would love. However, these can cost between $90 and $140, depending on the complexity of the kid’s drawing. Since not everyone can afford to spend $90 on a key ring, we can suggest making something similar yourself, using polymer clay.
What you can do is scan a simple drawing, transfer the image onto the clay, cut out the shape, bake it and then spray paint it with silver paint. There is a nice tutorial on how to transfer images on clay and cut out shapes at And Then We Saved. If you are new to working with polymer clay, you can make a simple rectangular key ring and transfer your child’s artwork on it following the instructions in the video on the right.
3. Toddler Art T-Shirt
Another cool, homemade Father’s Day gift that involves their kid’s drawing is a custom t-shirt. A blogger from Small + Friendly came up with the creative idea of putting her toddler’s art on a t-shirt. Unlike the usual “Number One Dad” t-shirts that are worn for a day and then put away in a drawer, this one is something that a guy will actually want to wear. It looks just like the modern graphic tees that you would find in a department store.
4. Homemade Chocolate Cigars
It's difficult to find someone who doesn't like chocolate, so a homemade chocolate treat is an excellent gift choice for Father’s Day. Some treats that kids can make are chocolate cigars, for example, because they don’t require baking and a lot of supervision. Even though these are usually associated with birth announcements and weddings, we don’t see why dads can’t indulge on them on Father’s Day.
All kids need to do is grab a pack of pretzel rods, dip each one in Chocolate Candiquik, or roll them in fondant with cocoa powder, and when the “cigars” harden up, attach some artsy bands and arrange them in a personalized cigar box. You can print the pretty bands from Miss Candi Quik.
5. DIY Chocolate Message for Dad
Another fantastic and clever chocolate gift idea for dad is to make a personal chocolate message in a box. The concept is the same as in the popular chocolate telegrams—letters are molded from chocolate and used to “write” a Father’s Day message by arranging them in a nice box.
For this homemade gift, you will need dad’s favorite chocolate and an alphabet silicone mold. To make the gift even fancier, you can pack the chocolates in an empty Ferrero Rocher box, for example, because it is transparent and you can see the message through it. Check out the video on the right to see how to remove those nasty stickers from the boxes.
6. Bouquet of Doritos Roses
You can also show your love for dad with a bouquet of edible roses. Real flowers are not a traditional or popular gift on Father's Day, but guys will love these cool Doritos roses.
In order to make them, you will need a bunch of fake roses from the Dollar store, melted cheese or cream cheese and some crunchy Doritos petals. You can follow the instructions at Doritos Ketchup Roses or watch the video tutorial on the right.
7. Kiss Flip-Book for Dad
Instead of the traditional Father’s Day card, kids can give their dads flip-books. Remember those? The small books that give the illusion of animation when the pages are flipped quickly? If the kids are old enough, they can create hand-drawn books, the old-fashioned way—with a pad of paper and a pen. The other option is to make a photo flip-book. There is an awesome idea for a Kiss Book at Inner Child Fun that looks like a lot of fun and dads will sure love it.
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