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Homemade Father's Day Gifts Kids Of All Ages Can Make

Whether you consider yourself a craft goddess or you need a little professional help, you can lead your child in making a great present for his dad for Father's Day. The gift your child makes by himself will always be the one dad will treasure the most. Even if it is just a simple card, the time a child takes to make his father a present is the real gift. Check out the options below for some fun ideas, and if you need a little help, you can always head to your local craft store for an interactive workshop.
Fingerprint Mug
Ages: 0-5
  • Mug
  • Ceramic  paint
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Everyone has a store nearby that can let your kids make personalize coffee mugs, but one thing you may not have considered is incorporating your child's fingerprints into the design. One cute idea is to use your child's thumbprint alongside his father's as the bodies of father and child figures - just add arms and legs and you're good to go! If your tot is really tiny, help him to write a cheery message for his dad on the mug, or if he is a little older, he can use his own creativity to create something special. Either way, you know his dad will treasure it every time he has his morning cup.

No. 1 Dad Labels
Ages: 3+ (with adult supervision)
  • Decals downloaded or created online
  • Sticker printer paper
World's Best Dad
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Most dads have some special treat like fudge, trail mix, or a spicy bbq sauce that they prefer not to share with the rest of the family. You can make him his own labels for these products, using phrases like "World's Best Dad" or "No. 1 Dad" with sticker paper from a craft store and markers, or you can find a graphic online (Martha Stewart's website has some) and print the labels directly onto the paper. He can use these tags to make sure that everyone knows which snacks are his! 

Gold Trophy
Ages: 8+
  • 2 Foam cups
  • A small box
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Gold paint
  • Construction paper
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If your dad is really the best, you might want to make him this gold trophy! Using foam cups, a cardboard cereal box, some gold pipe cleaners, and some gold paint, you can make a creation that will really let him know you think he is the greatest dad around. It's not likely to hold up to a lot of abuse, but he will probably keep it in a place of honor for years to come. View the full instructions here.

Father's Day Throne
Ages 10+

  • Lawn, lounge or patio chair
  • Butterfly clamps
  • A few of Dad's favorite things
Father's Day
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By June, the weather is usually ideal for relaxing on the outdoor deck or in the backyard while listening to your favorite music, reading a good book and sipping on cold beverages. All dads need a "lounge day," so what better time to give him one than now? Make his day of relaxation special by creating a "Father's Day Throne" using a comfy, reclining lawn chair or a patio chair and makeshift ottoman so dad can put his feet up. Use clamps to attach an umbrella for shade and water bottle mister to keep dad cool. Fill up a cooler with ice and his favorite drinks and snacks and leave his favorite books or magazines on a makeshift side table. Older kids can make dad his favorite lunch to be enjoyed while lounging on his new Father's Day throne.

Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on "

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