Saturday, May 28, 2011

Father's Day Crafts & Ideas

We've been busy this week working on some of our Father's Day creations.

This year we made the familiar handmade photo frame out of craft sticks and my boys colored a special picture for their Daddy to attach to the inside. I thought about putting a photograph inside but decided it was more special being personalized like this.

They also wrote messages to their Daddy on the back. Luke is a dinosaur fanatic so when I asked him how much he loved Daddy he said, "I love Daddy so much, as much as I love my dinosaurs." If you know how much he LOVES his dinos, you know what a sweet sentiment this is to his Daddy. His drawing of a Daddy and baby dinosaur on the front makes it just perfect.

And now that Andy is starting to write, he wrote his own message on the back. I'm loving the picture of his Dad he drew on the top. hahaha! This project is pretty simple but I will add a tutorial at the end of this post if you are interested.

Our Daddy is a teacher at our church one Sunday a month, and he recently scored a small writing desk that was placed on someone's curb with a "FREE" sign on it. He's been using it as his studying desk to prepare for his Sunday lessons so we decided to make a twist on the regular shirt and tie crafts you see every year for Father's Day and we made him a pencil/pen holder to put on his desk. I even found a cute haul truck button to use as a tie pin (which is majorly appropriate since he works for Kennecott as a haul driver in the Mine). I'll include a tutorial at the end for this craft as well.

Last but certainly not least, for my own Dad and Grandad, I personalized a photo greeting card for them from Hallmark. I do this every year for both Mother's Day and Father's Day, but I usually use Shutterfly. I love Shutterfly, they are definitely worth looking into if you want to make one of these, but this year as I was browsing the cards I really liked the funny selections that Hallmark offered so we gave them a try.

I am very impressed with the quality of the card and the best part is it ships within 24 hours of you ordering it. So I ordered my card late Tuesday night, it shipped Wednesday and I had them by Friday at noon when the mail arrived. Super fast! This came in REALLY handy when I was late on ordering my Mother's Day cards this year.

Another huge benefit of these cards is that they are the same price, if not cheaper than buying a regular greeting card (REALLY!!!), and they are SO MUCH BETTER since they are personalized with pictures. Plus, if you use coupon code AMBABY20 right now at checkout, you will receive 20% off your order. I purchased 3 cards and my total was $10.20, which includes shipping charges, so if you are on a budget, this gift is PERFECT!!

And I just loved this silly card I chose with the mustaches on the front and the inside which said, "Taking the time out from our usual mischief to wish you a Happy Day!" I think it's so funny! You can personalize the words however you want also.

Tutorial for Craft Stick Photo Frame

Materials you will need:
- 4 crafts sticks (the tongue depressor size)
- hot glue gun
- paint
- paint brush
- white sheet of card stock
- scissors
- crayons

1. Glue the 4 crafts sticks together using the hot glue gun to form a square frame.

2. Paint the frame and let it dry completely.

3. Cut a square piece out of the white card stock paper about 4 1/2" x 4 1/2". You might want to measure your sticks to see your exact dimensions.

4. Draw and color a picture on the card stock square. I encouraged my children to color a picture of them with their Dad, or something similar.

5. On the back of the card stock square, write (or help your child write) a personal message for their Dad.

6. Now it's time to assemble the two pieces together. First, dry fit the picture to the back so you can see if you need to trim any edges. I had to trim edges off the top because my children colored too close to the bottom of the square. This is why I cut my squares a little bigger in the beginning to allow for some room to play with.

7. Put a dot of hot glue in each corner on the back of the frame and place your picture face side up on the glue to attach it to the frame.

8. At this point you are finished but you can glue a piece of string to the top corners so it can hang somewhere, or you could also attach a magnet so it can hang on the fridge.

Tutorial for Shirt & Tie Pencil Holder

Materials you will need:
- soup can
- sheet of white contact paper about 4" x 12" (depending on the size of can you use)
- 5/8" ribbon, about 24" long
- tape
- 2 white buttons
- small decorative button for tie pin
- marker

1. Enjoy a bowl of soup for lunch. hahaha Italian style vegetable was not actually my first choice but it was in my pantry and needed to be eaten so it will do. LOL! After consuming your lunch, wash the can, remove the label, and let it dry completely.

2. Apply your white contact paper to the can. It doesn't matter how much it overlaps (I actually think it looks better the thicker it is on the can).

3. See the picture below where you can see the line where the contact paper ends. This is the place we will be working with because this little line creates the front of the shirt where it buttons up. (get it??)

4. Now it's time to make the tie. Cut your ribbon in two 12" sections. Tape the ends of one of the sections to a table or counter top.

5. Take the second section of ribbon and wrap it underneath the other section (see picture below).

6. Wrap the bottom section to the front of the top section.

7. Now take that section and wrap it underneath the section on the table. (see picture below).

8. Now wrap that section through the top section to make the tie knot, and tighten it. Geez, what that confusing or what?? I would use my pictures as a diagram of how to make the tie, but if all else fails, do a google search on it, if my directions aren't clear to you.

9. Remove the tape from the ribbon and dry fit it around the can making sure the tie is at that line we talked about earlier. You will most likely have to cut off excess ribbon to make it fit right. Tighten the ribbon around the can as much as you can and use the hot glue gun to glue the ribbon to the can.

10. Now use your scissors to trim the bottom of the tie and cut the edges like below.

11. Glue two white buttons to the bottom of the can so it looks like a white shirt.

12. Use the hot glue gun on the decorative button to glue to the top of the tie to make a tie pin. I also glued the two sections of the tie together so the back section stayed put.

13. Write a special message on the back using the marker and you are finished!! Now just add some freshly sharpened pencils and a couple new fancy pens for finishing touches.

Ok, don't judge my terrible hand-writing. I didn't realize how hard it would be to write over all those bumps on the can. So if I had to do it all over again, I would write my message on the contact paper first before putting it on my can, so it looked better. Or I guess you could write it on a separate sheet of paper and glue it to the back.

Happy Crafting!!

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