Sure, you could go out and buy Dad another
tie for Father's Day, but if you want to up the ante and get him something more meaningful, check out these 5 great DIY Father's Day gifts. We know Dad'll just love 'em. (And added bonus, they don't cost an arm and a leg!)
- Make a Memory Tape! Videotape your kids giving an update of their lives. Have them tell dad what they have been doing (practicing their jump shot) and not doing (studying for their spelling tests). Add to it or make a new one each year so that one day dad can spend Father's Day reminiscing about the days when he really could beat the kids at basketball.
- Create a "Dad Rocks" Jar! If you want to give Dad some serious props this year, grab a pen and paper and jot down everything and anything you and the kids love about him! Then toss all the scraps in a jar and voila—you've got a great, sentimental (not to mention super affordable!) Father's Day gift!
- Craft a Remote Control Caddy! Dad a couch potato? Then this is the Father's Day gift for him! Have your kid make a cool remote control caddy out of an old pair of Dad's pants (you know, the ones with the holes that you've been begging him to toss!).
- Make a Hand-Painted Tee! Help the kids make Dad a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted t-shirt! Just pick up a solid color tee and some fabric paints and let your little Picassos go to town. Just make sure the kids are wearing something you don't mind destroying because fabric paint doesn't wash out (that's kinda the whole point, right?).
- Make a Backscratcher! Is Dad always asking you to scratch an itch? Let him do it himself with a handmade backscratcher! Pick up a paint stick, have the kids paint it and cover it in stickers and you've got yourself a great Father's Day gift!
- Paint Your Own Pottery!
Want a Father's Day gift that's not only handmade but super useful? Take the kids to a PYO pottery place and have 'em paint Daddy a mug or cereal bowl he'll use every morning. Or you can pick up some ceramic coasters, like these ones from Oriental Trading Co. and acrylic paints and let the kids create customized coffee-table art. (Bonus present for Mom: No more ring marks on the wood!)