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Looking for a unique andto the (June 19) this year? Why not try a homemade gift made by your own children? It may seem daunting, but there are many craft kits you can use to create a one-of-a-kind gift for that special dad in your life. A homemade gift that kids can make for dad is a lot more personal than a store gift and will show your loved one how much you appreciate them.
There are countless ways kids can get smart, but let’s face it: some of us need a little help in the DIY department. These craft kits are a great way to bring your kids’ vision to life without all the hassle. (Bonus: many of these can be made without your help.) From hand-painted picture frames to mosaic coasters and brightly colored bowls, there’s sure to be something on this list that will make dad smile. So get out your smocks and start tinkering!
All parents love to see their children’s artwork, and if dad likes to do puzzles, this paint your own puzzle is a win-win. It’s surprisingly large, allowing multiple people to work on it at the same time. Also, the backs of the pieces are numbered, making it easy for kids to put them together once they have completed their artwork.
If dad likes to enjoy a cool glass of wine, beer or iced tea, he will appreciate these beautiful sea glass coasters. Each kit contains everything you need to start crafting, including pre-cut glass, PVA glue, white joint compound and birch plywood coasters. It’s a wonderfully easy project for kids, but adults will have just as much fun making them.
A painted frame is a great way to keep little hands busy and dad will love the thought put into it. Once you’ve painted it, you can choose a photo of a favorite memory or insert a card the kids wrote. Dad can proudly display it on his desk at work or on the mantel in the living room.
These colorful paper mache bowls are fun and easy to make and kids will be proud of the result. They are perfect for storing loose change, keys and other trinkets. But it’s also just fun to decorate them with a little pop of color.
These photo magnets are guaranteed to win over dad and it really couldn’t be easier. Upload your photos, choose the style and background color, add to cart and voila! If you order more than one, it’s fun to get really creative with the pictures. I have a mix of holiday snaps and crazy close-ups on my fridge, but a cute family photo is also perfect for Father’s Day.
A World’s Greatest Dad mug makes a classic gift. But why not take it up a notch and do it yourself? With this set you get a ceramic mug, a brush and four small paint pots. Once you’ve painted your design on, simply pop it in the oven and it’s ready to gift. This is a fun craft for kids to make on a rainy day, and it’s a lot cheaper than visiting a pottery studio.
Does dad complain that he already has way too much “stuff”? Then gift him thoughtful acts you know he’ll love, from taking out the garbage to washing his car to not whining over dinner. This book is full of ideas for fun projects and activities, but there are also blank pages for you to add your own, so the possibilities are almost endless.
Small free library
I’ve saved the biggest and best for last: this is an awesome project for kids to make With Father. I recommend getting one of the unfinished libraries so everyone can vote on a color and have fun painting it together. Unfinished kits start at $160 and go up from there.
The best part about this gift is that you’re also giving back to your community. My family’s small free library has become a favorite stop on our neighbors’ walks, and each day we delight in seeing what’s been added to it. If dad likes books, a small free library is sure to be a big hit.
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