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Father’s Day gift shopping can be an ordeal. How many Dads tell their little ones “I don’t need anything” when asked what they’d like for Father’s Day, a birthday, or Christmas?
So how about taking a little inspiration from Barracudas summer camps, where we’re used to coming up with ideas that are creative and entertaining.
We’ve got three heartfelt Father’s Day DIY craft ideas which would make perfect Father’s Day gifts. And even a Dad who has it all will be delighted to receive any one of them.
Remember, art plays a big part at Barracudas summer camps so we’ve made sure to keep it simple for these Father’s Day DIY crafts.
The best Father’s Day gifts come from the heart … and these three ideas will all be made with love.
The Love List
Six lollypop sticks, coloured ribbon, paint, PVA glue, felt tip pens, scissors.
Paint the lollypop sticks in bright colours.
While the sticks are drying, help your little ones write a list of five things they love about Dad. They can be as soppy and as funny as they like.
Is that paint dry? If it is, the kids should copy out the list on to the sticks using the felt tips, writing each of their five things on a separate stick. On the sixth, they write: “Five things I love about Dad.”
Turn the sticks over so the messages are facedown and the sticks are parallel, with the title stick at the top.
Glue two lengths of ribbon to the back of the lollypop sticks, leaving enough excess ribbon to allow you to tie a neat bow that Dad can use to hang up his new treasure at home or at work.
The Treasured T
A plain T-shirt (you’ll get one cheap in supermarkets or budget retailers), fabric dye pens, a large piece of cardboard.
Slide the piece of cardboard inside the T-shirt. It will prevent the dye pen colours leaking on to the back of the T-shirt.
Let the kids go wild drawing Dad’s favourite things and their favourite things about Dad. They can have a practice on paper in black felt tip and trace through the designs if you’re obsessed with neatness.
Follow the instructions on the dye pen to ensure the dye sets properly.
Dad’s going to love his new T – he might even think it’s too good to wear and have it framed instead.
King for a day
Two A4 sheets of gold-coloured cardboard, coloured paper, scissors, PVA glue, the patience of a saint.
Cut a zig-zag crown effect into the cardboard.
What’s your best guess at the size of Dad’s head? Glue two sheets of cardboard together into a circle to fit – remember to keep the gold on the outside. If it’s slightly too small, it’ll look jaunty, so don’t worry.
Cut “jewels” out of the coloured paper. Stick them on to the crown for that full regal bling effect.
Looking kingly? Now crown Dad. (You’ll need the patience if he starts issuing demands!)
These personalised gifts should put a smile on his face this Fathers Day and beats a bar of Toblerone! If your kids have now got the crafts bug, take a look at our previous blogs for more arts inspiration!