Six Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts (Made With Love!)

I‘ve spent a lot of time this week reading comments on posts by elected officials and media outlets regarding this weekend’s rally. Many people are rightly scared and outraged about the public health risk posed by a large-scale indoor event. And even though thousands have contacted our elected officials, it’s still happening.

So as a brief break from the dread, I am writing a post about easy Father’s Day gifts you can make with your kids. I did all of these in the space of about 1 hour, so trust me: they’re very basic. But I think kids would have fun with them.

I found most of these ideas via a Google search for “Father’s Day Crafts.” So many grills, fishing and tool belt crafts, which aren’t too relevant in our household. We’re more into bikes and zombies, but we do have a new grill thanks to a friend, so hopefully that will change soon!

1. Portrait of a Dad

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This one came from Joss’s school, actually. Couldn’t be easier. Just have your child draw a picture of their dad! They can draw a picture of them and their dad doing a favorite activity together, etc. Joss was a being a little weird the morning he drew his picture. He ended up drawing Daniel, me and himself all wearing the same skirt. With a pet Mega Bunny. If you don’t know what a Mega Bunny is, log into Netflix and watch “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts.” So good!!

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He was mad because he tried to fold it into a paper airplane, and it didn’t work

2. Felt Tie Craft

From this tutorial

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This one takes all of 10 minutes to make. You simply cut out a rectangle of felt that is long and wide enough to wrap around a toilet paper roll. Glue it around the roll. Then, cut out a wide “V” of felt for a collar and a tie shape in a different color of felt. Glue these onto the front of the roll.

However, I’d recommend turning this into a useful craft and swapping the TP roll for a tin can or a jar. This way, it could be a cute pencil holder! I tried putting pencils in this version, and it just fell over.

3. Origami Shirt Card

Tutorial here

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I’m not going to try to explain how to fold this shirt, but you can find instructions here. Suffice it to say, this is a very easy fold. I tried to fold a paper crane a few weeks ago, with zero success. But this is very doable, even if you’re new to the art of paper folding.

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Photo by Erin Velez Photography

Place a photo of your kid(s) inside the card, and decorate the outside however you want!

4. French Fried Compliments

Tutorial here

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Well, this is looking very homemade. The original tutorial I saw for this craft used a printed template. Not an option when you don’t have a printer! So for the fry box, I just colored a red shape on a regular piece of paper and cut it out. Afterwards, Joss drew a face on it. Then, I traced the shape on a piece of thicker paper (also colored red on one side) and cut that out. I ended up cutting the back piece just a little smaller than the front piece so that it formed a pocket when the edges were glued together. And yes, you will want to glue the edges together on both side as well as the bottom side.

For the fries, simply color part of a piece of paper yellow (if you don’t have yellow construction paper). Color it front and back. Then let your kid write down what they love about their dad! Or what they enjoy doing together, etc.

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When the glue is all dry, stick your fries inside! Give them to dad and read them together 🙂

5. Dad Rocks!

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We’ve already talked about drawing a portrait of dad. But you could also do this on a smooth rock using sharpie! We have a wealth of sharpies right now, and it is oh-so-wonderful. The rocks can be used as a paperweight or put in a garden. If you have enough, why not make rock portraits for the whole family so you can all hang out in the garden together!

6. All-Purpose Spice Rub

From AllRecipes

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Cheesin’ 🙂

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

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Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. That’s it! When you’re done, you can store it in an airtight plastic bag. But since it’s a gift, think about presentation! I tried making a fun label on an old spice jar, which didn’t work out that great. But you could decorate a small Mason jar, improve on my labeling system, etc.

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Do I know what to do with this? No! But once we get our grill up and running, I’m sure we will figure something out, ha.

Alright, that’s it! I hope you all have a safe weekend. If you go out, don’t forget your masks and hand sanitizer!!

A Quick Note on Face Masks

If you’re looking for a really cute mask, I ordered two from Neat Masks and adore them. J. Spencer also had some really lightweight ones that feel less germ-blocky, but are nice for when you’re out in the heat. For kid-sized masks, Joss loves the one I got for him from Lemonberry Dancewear (although their supply may be limited). Also, Kiddlestix announced on Instagram that they got child-sized masks in a few days ago. So if you’re looking for reusable masks, those are some local options.


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