Homemade, last minute Father’s Day gifts

14 Jun

We don’t really go in for commercial shop-bought gifts on Father’s Day. Lily and Thomas love making  gifts themselves so the tradition has just kind of stayed with us.  Here are some of the cards and gifts that we have been making for Father’s Day, along with a few other ideas that we didn’t quite get around to making but would love to try next year!

Hand print poem

We actually made this at playgroup earlier in the week. What toddler doesn’t love covering their hands in paint?! You can google ‘poems for Dad’ and find loads or perhaps your little one would like to make up their own?

Handprint poem for Daddy.

Another easy activity for pre-schoolers is to decorate a plant pot.  You can either fill it with a lovely plant or for something a little different you could fill it with some packets of sweets or chocolates and then cover the pot with a saucer and wrap in a ribbon.

Father’s Day plant pot for Grandad

Here is a great idea for a card that you can grow! This idea came from Garden Crafts for Children and can be adapted with different pictures or even text on the front of the card.

The card looks really sweet don’t you think?

Instructions for cress card:

Take a sheet of card and fold in half.

On the front of the card draw your cut out design, in the image we have used a heart shape.  You definitely need an adult to cut out the shape.

Stick another piece of card inside your card and staple this so that is sits behind your heart shape.

Make up a ‘glue’ using a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of flour. Add a few drops of water at a time until you get a nice smooth paste.

Apply the glue to your cut out shape (so you are putting the glue onto your backing card)

Sprinkle your seeds onto the ‘glue’ and leave to dry.

When you write your Father’s Day message, you might want to add something like “You can grow these seeds. Just place in a tray and cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost. Water regularly and watch them grow”

You could use many types of seed for this. We chose cress because they grow so quickly and we love cress in our sandwiches!

DAD Picture Frame

We love this DAD picture frame. You can get a template for this on Martha Stewart’s site here. We adjusted it slightly by sticking the template onto a larger backing card. This meant we had room to write a message on it. Lily is going to sign her name and put the year on the bottom.  You could attach a little hoop on the back with ribbon so that it can be hung on the wall.

Dad photo card

Just because I love you book

‘Just because I love you’ book

We are DEFINITELY going to be making one of these! They are so adorable and you can find all the instructions over on the Me and My Shadow blog

Gift Vouchers

You can make your own vouchers for Daddy or use a template like this one. You could give a gift voucher for all sorts of things, from breakfast in bed to an hour reading the paper without disruption! Pop your vouchers inside your card for a wonderful surprise on Father’s Day!

What have you been making this week?  Do share your posts here….


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